Being a ‘real girl‘ is tough stuff!
For nearly the last three years I have hauled all my own food with me everywhere I went. I mean literally everywhere. Even to my sister’s house who is active, healthy, and has great food choices galore at her house.
My diet has been awesome these past few years and I love working with my coach. I get to eat whatever I want. No food has ever been off limits; yet I severely restricted myself. I made it way harder and more epic than it probably needed to be.
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I created a black and white world where if I didn’t bring it, I didn’t eat it. Black and white. Being ‘normal‘ was not allowed. I wouldn’t even eat other people’s vegetables!
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Living in the real world is pretty much all grey. At least for me at this moment in time.
For Easter weekend, I made the decision to eat the same food as everyone else and just make healthy choices from what was available. This means I didn’t plan out three days worth of food, pre-package all my food, and haul a reusable Costco bag filled to the brim with weird things. I ate when other people ate and I ate what they ate.
In reality it is simple, it just means you have to use your willpower to say ‘stop‘.
Simple and easy are not the same thing.
Now I didn’t fall head first into a swimming pool of chocolate Easter bunnies, but I sure did have a few chocolates and I didn’t adhere 100% to my macros.
Mini Eggs…need I say more?
Team K has been talking about willpower in our Facebook Group. As an extensively trained leadership coach who is constantly reading, listening to books on CD, and growing in self leadership, I have a lot to say. Possibly more than I should, but God apparently gave me a big mouth.
Enter a good question.
What ONE book would you recommend (after this thread and the other on willpower I’d like to start with one book and I’m overwhelmed by all the titles you’ve recommended) that would best help with diet?
One? Just one?
There are more books than I could list which deal with food and diet specifically such as ‘The End of Overeating Fover‘ and books from Geneen Roth like ‘Why Weight? A Guide to Ending Compulsive Eating‘, but they are more of a discovery of ‘why‘ you are the way you are with food than a ‘willpower development book‘.
If you don’t have purpose or hope, there is no will. There is no point.
‘Man’s Search for Meaning‘ by Viktor Frakl.
Learning from a Nazi concentration camp survivor on how to find purpose and joy in the midst of pure and absolute Hell on earth was enlightening, to say the least.
This book has nothing to do with dieting, but everything to do with purpose and willpower.
Purpose and willpower go hand in hand. The ability to constrain your options for something greater than this moment comes from having a meaningful purpose.
Who you ‘be‘ matters. Choose to be amazing.