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Friday, April 10, 2009 by  
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April
10
2009

Early yesterday evening I experienced some of the worst cravings I’ve ever had! It took every ounce of discipline I had to not give in to temptation. I’d had a long day at work, and a really tough back & biceps workout; a few hours after my workout I wanted nothing more than to make a huge tub of popcorn, kick back and play some online poker. I got past the cravings by remembering what I great workout I’d just had, and how that effort would be compromised significantly if I didn’t feed myself properly. I also thought how horrible I’d feel the next morning if I slacked off from my cut and, conversely, how proud of myself I’d be if I stuck to my guns…

Well, I ignored the cravings and instead had my planned meal of eye of round steak along with 12 ounces of roasted red potatoes. While I was still hungry after my meal, it definitely took the edge off and calmed my cravings. I was right on target with my reasoning: this morning I feel terrific for sticking to the plan. One day at time, one challenge at a time; that’s all it takes and before you know it you’ve reached your goal.

Yesterday was a good reminder of the kind of discipline I know I’m capable of when I put my mind to it. Little victories like that are excellent confidence boosters, and are also very important momentum builders. Remember, “just this once” is probably a lot more detrimental to your plans that you may allow yourself to think. Once you go off your plan, the next time a craving hits it will be even easier to falter. Anyone who’s ever fell off the wagon will tell you that it always started with “just this one time”.

Happy Friday!

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