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Exercise Your Will Power

By admin | In Nutrition | on March 8, 2012

This week was my husband’s Birthday and I admit it was a struggle to stay away from eating his delicious LOOKING Key Lime Pie.  My Whole 30 has been going well, and I honestly have been impressed my sweet tooth has not acted up more so than it has, however this past Tuesday the fact that I could not have any of this Key Lime Pie made me want to attack it and spoon feed myself with my hands.  It is an undeniable fact, the more we deny ourselves something over and over again, more often than not we give in.  The only barrier between me and this pie, was that if I gave in, I would have to tell Rob my Whole 30 was over and I didn’t make it.  My own willpower was not enough to stop me, accountability was my stop sign.

We all need to be honest with ourselves and realize that we cannot stop ourselves and use our willpower all the time.  Why?  Because will power is a commodity that is quickly exhausted.

Are you ever going to eat cake at a Wedding or Birthday party again? Probably.

We are all tempted by something sometimes, even the strongest of us, whether its cookies, chips, doughnuts or candy we have to admit that will power will fail us, but the more we use our will power and think the effects through, the stronger our will power can get!  Think of it as a muscle being worked out, the more you pass on pancakes or sweets the stronger your will power muscle will get!

Let’s make this realistic here, this is a typical day for some:

-Avoiding the doughnuts a co-worker brought to work

-Staying focused on a spreadsheet all morning

-Attending a two hour meeting with a dull boss

All the situations above test our will power; therefore it is slowly depleted throughout the day and when our will power fails us we look for a quick fix: sugar, starch anyone? It is so important for us to think our choices through and plan ahead for our more challenging days. 

So the next time you are tempted, be strong and remember you are exercising your will power.  If you use it, you won’t lose it.

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