Temptation. It happens to the best of us. And we all fall to it at times.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t believe in “perfection” or never letting loose with your eating habits. Strive to do your best for your health and your body 80-90% of the time and don’t fret the other times where life happens – like that big slice of birthday cake you enjoyed on your birthday or the family cookout over a holiday weekend. In fact, I have found that by living with balance temptation becomes much less of a struggle. However, situations may happen that are still temptation in a desire to do something that pulls you away from your goals.
Enjoying things within reasonis different from constantly setting aside goals and the efforts it takes to reach them. Things WILL come that can derail our efforts and don’t provide our bodies with the best nutrition, fuel, and care that they deserve.
In order to face down temptations and conquer, it helps to have a plan for how you will handle those situations.
At a social event, scan the options and choose to only indulge in the things you enjoy versus mindlessly picking over the table for hours. At work, make a plan to have healthy snacks available so when the months old cheap candy from the office jar calls, you don’t need to go there. At home, involve yourself in other activities and things around the house instead of hanging out snacking in the kitchen pantry. At the store, don’t go shopping hungry so the box of overly processed “snack cakes” don’t end up in the cart.
Still indulge in the things you truly LOVE (not just like okay), so you don’t feel deprived. Then plan ahead to those situations that try to steal your progress and success, so you can stay committed to treating your body well.
What temptations do you face that hinder your goals? How can you plan to face them? Does this apply to your goals in other areas of life?