How many times have you given into a temptation or overindulged because you felt like you were “missing out”?
Maybe it was a special treat that you told yourself you would never get the opportunity to have again. Or the experience of drinking when you celebrate with friends. Sometimes food (like birthday cake) is so intertwined with a special event that you feel like you have to eat cake otherwise you really didn’t celebrate.
But I challenge you right now to think back and try to remember those moments. What do you recall? Are your fondest memories the taste of cake or the toasting with champagne? Or do you remember the laughs with friends and family? Are your good memories actually marred by the guilty feeling that you went overboard with food? Do you even remember the taste of that cake you had to have because it was a special occasion?
If you are like me, then you only remember the food when you know you indulged and you shouldn’t have. Instead of wonderful memories of time with friends I have a blur of food and feeling guilty and then bloated after the fact!
We need to remember what get togethers are really about. The people. The food won’t make you have a better time and not eating a treat won’t ruin the party.
And how about thinking you can’t avoid it because it’s everywhere? Next time you feel this way do this little exercise. Look to your left. Now look to your right. Is anyone standing there with a gun to your head making you eat it? When is the last time a cookie literally forced itself down your throat? I know I’m being a bit silly with this one, but the second you tell yourself your actions are out of your own control you are lost. Don’t eat something just to make someone else feel better. If you really can’t bear the thought of saying no to someone, just tell them you are full and ask if you can take one for later. Then you can either freeze it for later or throw it out.
In the end, if you feel you have to indulge at social events because you feel awkward or want to fit in or feel like you deserve to because everyone else is and you are “missing out” then the only thing you are truly “missing out” on is reaching your goals. It comes down to a question of what you want more. Don’t sacrifice what you want most for what you want right now.
This article was researched and written by Follow @DaraCoxPT
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