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Overcoming temptations.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007 by  
Filed under Daily Blog


You may remember that back on Superbowl Sunday I prepared a (reportedly) delicious beer-braised roast pork dinner for everyone but me. The recipe I used called for one bottle of a good, dark beer. Ever since that day back in early February there have been five beers sitting in the fridge, begging to be consumed…

So, last night I was preparing my final meal (eye of round steak, brown rice and a salad with olive oil), and for some reason a beer sounded exceptionally good. I went so far as to remove one of the brews from the fridge (“I deserve this”), and I further reasoned that there was not much more time left before the beers would reach their expiration date.

The beer was never opened, and it was out of the fridge for a total of 15 seconds. In that 15 seconds I did what I do best – I exercised a little mental discipline and talked myself out of it.

How did I do it? I thought about how for the past two and half months I’ve not strayed from my diet even one time; I thought about how one beer would turn into three beers; I thought about how hard I’d worked in the gym just a couple hours ago, and here I was about to dump poison into my body instead of the nutrients it needed; I thought about how I’d wake up the next morning feeling bloated and disappointed in myself; I thought about my goals, and then I literally picked up my shirt and looked at the layer of fat obscuring my lower abs.

That’s all it took. The beer went back into the fridge, I grabbed a fresh bottle of water, and that was that.

Listen, I really wanted that damned beer. Temptations are incredibly powerful, and they are all around us. Every person who has ever made a successful transformation had to learn to control their cravings; those who lack mental discipline (and don’t work hard to improve it) always fail. I don’t care what your goal is, diet is by far the most important factor in determining your level of success.

Speaking of diet, I need to go eat my chicken, egg whites and oats! Have a great day!

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