I’m in a ‘lunch-n-learn’ meeting today where pizza was brought in. I go up with everyone else and grab two slices of pizza like most people did… then as the meeting went on, a few people went back for seconds, some people came into the meeting late and went up for pizza as well. Basically, there was a regular flow of people going to the boxes of pizza sitting to the side of the room and going to for my third andforth (or fifth and sixth) slices would have likely gone unnoticed by the room… I was tempted.
How do I change my behavior patterns so that going up for the extra 400-800 calories isn’t a temptation? I used to have a pastor that would say “temptation consistently kept at arms length ceases to exist”. I agree, but how do I keep the temptation at arms length until that happens? On one hand, I think how successful would a recovering alcoholic be if everyday at work he was offered a drink? On the other hand, how long can I continue to excuse myself as a victim of circumstance?
Today I stayed away – but taking it day by day I have found I’m losing more battles than I win. I know that exercise is important – but like one of my readers commented – it takes an hour to burn 500 calories in the gym but less than a minute to consume 500 calories in the kitchen. I need a long term strategy for my dieting habits… Something that allows me to go to lunch with the guys at work, eat the same meals my wife and kids do at night, and doesn’t cost me an arm and a leg (although losing an arm and a leg would take about 75lbs off instantly!)
PS – sorry I have taken so long to make progress on the website uplift – its been moved to the back burner with high-pressure work projects and fast approaching deadlines for school work – not to mention the new baby at home.