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How I deal with cravings and temptation.

Thursday, January 25, 2007 by  
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Yesterday evening my dietary resolve was seriously tested for the first time this year. Lisa was tired and a little jet-lagged from her trip to Vegas (poor, poor thing…), so she took the day off from work. She did have to go in for about a half-hour to take care of a couple of things, and on the way back home she picked up a frozen pizza for her dinner. So around the time I’m dutifully preparing my eye of round, yams and green beans, she asked me if I could make the pizza for her. I didn’t think anything of it, and said “Sure thing!” Well, I picked up the pizza box (Uno’s Chicago-style) and, just looking at the picture, my mouth literally began to water. I was taken aback by how much I seemed to be craving the pizza! Once the pizza began to cook it got even worse. Pulling the pie out of the oven and cutting it was the ultimate torture. Thankfully my steak took the edge off, and I didn’t cave in to my craving. Sometimes I truly resent ectomorphs! 🙂

Actually, eating any of that pizza was not even an option. See, this is why I’m really good at this sort of thing. I am able to get myself into a state of mind that will not accept anything other than what’s in the plan. When I’m in this mode I look at my workouts and food intake as very “black and white”: there is no middle ground, no grey area, no wiggle room or “Hey, that’s close enough!” It helps to think of myself as a machine when it comes to hardcore dieting: I simply “do”. There is literally no choice to be made. In a strange way it’s actually sort of fun when I’m tempted; I admit that I get off on rising to these kinds of challenges. Actually, along these lines, I just read a quote that I liked a lot: “Every day is an opportunity disguised as a challenge.”

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