As some of you who follow me on twitter may know, this past weekend we celebrated my son’s first birthday. Lots of friends shared our special day and a great time was had by all. Large amounts of food, drink and cake was consumed on this day, but none of which was by me!
This was the first true test of my resolve and will power. I’ve had cravings here and there, but nothing I couldn’t control or handle with some protein or tablespoon of peanut butter once in a while. This time was different, because laid out in front of me was a mound of appetizers! Mozza sticks, mini pizzas, pinwheels, cupcakes, pop, chips, shrimp ring and a great big Mickey Mouse birthday cake for dessert!
I have never been faced with so much opportunity to eat to my heart’s content and not be able to! I kept in contact with JC at certain points during the day and he gave me some advice to try to help me avoid temptation. I was able to consume as much shrimp as I could eat, so that wasn’t too bad! I was advised to lay off the seafood sauce, as condiments can quickly add up, and just eat my clean meals at the same time everyone else eats, so I wasn’t as tempted.
It was still difficult! Especially when I had to explain to everyone that asked why I was not having any appetizers or chips? I kept telling them that yes, I was feeling ok, and that there’s no need to worry, because I do in fact eat plenty during the day!
JC said something to me a while ago that has stuck with me ever since, “Being ripped feels better than ANYTHING tastes”. Every time I wanted some cake, or some of those delicious little mozza sticks, I would just take another spoonful of greek yogurt, or another forkful of egg whites and repeat those words to myself over, and over again.
I can tell you I would have severely regretted it if I had caved for even one mouthful of dessert, because it would have been my undoing. A mouthful turns into a small plate, turns into two, turns into the whole thing for me. I can admit it, I have a hard time drawing the line. Knowing when to stop is difficult for me, so I just chose to avoid the scenario entirely.
While I don’t expect these things to get any easier, Christmas, New Years, my own birthday in March – I do take comfort in knowing that I was able to overcome all of these temptations once, so I will have the strength to do it again when the next situation comes up.
If I can do this, anyone can do it. Eating right is not an impossible challenge, but it can be difficult at times, and it can be easier to eat processed foods. Is it worth it though? I say no! I’ve come a long way in my journey, and still have further to go, but this obstacle has been cleared and I am stronger for it!
If you find yourself dieting or attending a special occasion, have your food prepared ahead of time and eat when everyone else does so the temptation is lessened. At the end of the day you will feel much more satisfied with your choices and yourself as a result.
The next time you find yourself in one of these situations, reach for your greek yogurt and whey, or your tilapia and green beans, and repeat these words my buddy JC Astorina said to me, “Being ripped feels better than ANYTHING tastes!”
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