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Mental discipline when cutting: doing your best isn’t good enough.

Thursday, March 4, 2010 by  
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Last week it took every ounce of willpower I could muster to stay on my cutting diet. The cravings were so frequent and so intense that there were times I was having trouble focusing on anything else. This week, however, has been absolutely painless in that regard. Even when it’s close to a meal time and I’m really hungry I’ve had zero desire to eat anything other than my planned meals. I’m still convinced that the pizza dream I had about a week ago is responsible for taming those terrible cravings I was having.

I remember not too long after I quit smoking (wow – almost a decade ago!) one night I dreamed that I lit up a cigarette. I had the exact same reaction then that I did when I woke up from the pizza dream: first I was mad at myself for giving in, then I felt relief as I realized that it was only a dream.

I know some of you are probably thinking, “Oh, come on – one cheat meal isn’t going to kill your progress!” Of course it wouldn’t, I know that. But I am very competitive, and I like to push myself to do things that take me out of my comfort zone. To me it’s not just about reaching my 8% body fat goal: it’s about getting into a place mentally where I feel totally invincible, and that nothing can take me out of my game. Cravings suck, and they can be extremely difficult to get through. Most people can’t handle the temptation, and they give in. I think about those people when I’m temped by something, and my competitive nature forces me to rise to the challenge. I don’t just like to do my best, I like to do better than my best.

Today’s a cardio day, and I think I’m going to go get a 45 minute fasted LISS session in on the recumbent bike. Have a great day!

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