Willpower is a Muscle
Monday, December 09, 2013
At one point in time I saw the phrase "willpower is a muscle, exercise it!" And I just sort of scoffed.
But last night I realized that was so true. I had gone all day and stayed within my calorie range for the day. I wasn't hungry. My husband baked cookies while I was working out. I picked one up, looked at it, felt it, imagined how it would taste, and put it back down. This was big. Usually I would've gotten angry and ate a couple. But I didn't. I went about my evening and saw the cookies again. I put them in a baggie and set them aside as I cleaned.
Then it happened. I was reading before bed and I ate them all. I wanted to beat myself up. But out of learning to show myself the same grace I showed others, I realized this is a learning experience. Through this I learned 2 things..
1. I have been exercising my willpower lately and it showed. Finally caving into temptation after about 6 hours of fighting it may seem like a failure to some people. But to a girl who used to give in right off the bat, this was actually a small victory.
2. I need to get better at realizing my triggers. I was tired, worn out, and felt like I needed pampering when I ate the cookies. I should've painted my nails, used some scented lotion, etc to pamper myself a little and then gone to bed. Next time I know to look out.
So yes, willpower is a muscle and it CAN be exercised.