Decide What You Want The Most!

Motivational Monday’s

“Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most.” Today I’m going to briefly cover what it takes to follow a balanced diet and how sometimes we must decide what we want the most when faced with temptation or cravings. Of course, we should go out and enjoy ourselves. I’m definitely not implying we must live restrictive lifestyles but sometimes small sacrifices have to be made if we want the results we desire.

Don’t Give In To Temptation

When it comes to sticking to a meal plan or following a balanced diet, we will all come across those moments when cravings or temptations are put in front of us. I’m sure we’ve all had one of those moments, when you’ve eaten your meals and suddenly a chocolate cravings kick in. Or maybe you go to a family meal with good intentions to restrict certain foods and suddenly a triple chocolate cheesecake is brought out for dessert and you can’t say no!

Factor In Treats

Now I’m not saying we have to completely cut out all of our favourite foods as we have to live and enjoy the little treats from time to time. However, we must be aware of when these are eaten and how often they are being eaten. Try factoring them into your meal plans maybe once a week or plan ahead so you can eat light meals on the day you’re going to have a treat. This will help to avoid over eating and increasing your calorie intake.

Keep Your End Goal In Sight

On the flip side, we do have to be accountable for some self control. There will be times when cravings kick in or desserts are put in front of us and we will have to make a decision. Ask yourself, If I give in to my cravings or eat this dessert will it affect my goal? The last thing you want is to follow a plan or eat well all week to destroy all of your hard work in one sitting. You must decide whether it’s worth satisfying yourself for the now or whether the end goal is more important, especially if it’s weight loss.

What Do You Want The Most?

I’m definitely not one to advocate restrictive diets, however a level of discipline and accountability must be followed to ensure we hit our dietary goals whether it’s to lose weight, gain weight or to just simply follow a balanced healthy diet. Go enjoy foods, find what works best for you and don’t forget to treat yourself! Just be aware of those days when you’ll have to say no and be disciplined to achieve your goal…the results will be worth it in the end!

1 comment

All the points you make bear repeating and they certainly apply to more than food.

I have always had a somewhat (and occasionally very restricted) diet. Since food is a big social deal in most cultures, one suggestion of yours I’ve had to pay attention to is the balancing strategy.

If I know I’m going out to eat in a given week, and I am going to be offered a great meal including desserts, I cut back beforehand for a few days. That way I’ll enjoy the treats and not insult my host or hostess. 

It’s easy to be disciplined at home. Most of the time ha ha. But life’s events involve the extra gourmet calories or sometimes the yummy junk food.

Balance is the essence I think. Thanks for your ideas!

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