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.

Yeah, right.

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.
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  • SONORA4475
    Thank you for posting this blog!!!
    I have literally been fighting with a plate of Christmas cookies that a vendor brought in all day. They were strategically placed (I think by the Devil) right near my office so I have to walk by them anytime I go to get water, use the restroom, print copies, etc. I successfully dissed them for about 4 hours and then I caved and the cookie crumbled right into my mouth! I was sooo disappointed in myself but after reading your blog, I'm looking at it in a different light. I'm kinda proud of those 4 hours I managed to avoid them! No small feat!
    Thank you, you've turned my attitude around!!!
    2749 days ago
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