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Resisting Tempation

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.

4 thoughts on “Resisting Tempation

  1. The pizzaz thing at work is really hard. I’ve had good success with fasting. But before doing it, you need to get a book. I’ve been fasting on weekends and seems to give me more will power during the week. Basically when anyone fasts, the body doesn’t go into a starvation mode that leads to later binging.

    What happens is what happens at sleep. We haven’t had a thing for 12 to 14 hours. And when we wake up, we are not starving. In fact the body is in what is called a fasting mode. But once I’ve had that first peanut — first piece of pizza — forget it! I’m back to being that ravaneous pig again.

    fasting during the week makes me too crazy — especailly at work!

    Another thing that helps me is a spiritual approach to weight loss. It’s possible for god to remove the obsession — one day at a time! So I’m not cured. But by staying with my fasting, prayer and meditation, it’s easy to resist when it really counts. But the pizza at work thing — exactly as you described — is the real test.

    I really like your site. I have had trouble losing the weight recently. It was all so easy at the beginning when the weight was rolling off. But things have slowed down a bit.

    Your site has renewed my courage to struggle on down that happy road of merky weight loss.

    1. @Doug – Thanks for the comment! I’m not sure I could do fasting – but maybe I will give it a try. I have fasted before – but only for spiritual reasons, not for weight loss.

  2. I’ve been counting calories, with the help of the Lose It! app for the iPhone.

    Having a clear graph of my daily budget for calories helps with decisions like this. I can have some snacks, or some pizza, but the math of counting becomes a good enough “second opinion” when I’m deciding whether I should have some more to keep me honest.

    I think counting is important. If I tried to blanket deny myself all snacks and candy and such I’d go crazy and give it up. But, by budgeting those things in strict moderation, I can make more rational choices about what I eat.

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