Can you relate?
Yesterday I was at the store picking up some Easter stuff for Parker.
Every year we have an Easter egg hunt for her in the house.
We put candy in plastic eggs, she looks around for them and we all have a lot of fun.
So as I was looking at all the different candy to put in the plastic eggs, I found myself thinking…
“OH! I love these!! I’ll get them!”
I did this 3 different times.
Then it hit me.
The candy is NOT for me, yet there I was wanting to get P all the types of candy I love to eat.
I’m more of a chocolate person, as P likes candy like jelly beans and candies of those sorts.
And I know that if I get her the candy I like, the temptation WILL be there for me to eat a lot, if not most of it.
Have you ever been there?
The temptation is right in front of you and all will power is about to fly out the window?
What do you do?
Do you give in?
Do you walk away?
Yesterday, for me, I put back 2 of the “favorite candy” bags and picked up only 1 bag of P’s favorite candy.
But I’ll be honest, that doesn’t always happen.
And this is a question I get from clients a lot.
“How do I stop temptation?”
There are a dozen and a half different ways, but I’ll give you my top 4.
- Keep it out of sight!
If it’s not in front of you or in the vicinity, then you have a better chance of not giving into temptation.One rule we have in our house is, if we want a treat like ice cream or cookies or pizza, then we go out and get just just enough for that one sitting, not an entire week’s worth. Because we too give into temptation and if it’s in the house, you can bet we will be eating it until it’s gone.So in simpler terms, just don’t buy it. And if it is at work, make sure you don’t keep walking around it or by it.
- Fill up on the good stuff first.
If you are craving sweets or chips or candy, tell yourself you will eat a piece of fruit first or a big salad or a bunch of veggies or even drink 20 oz of water and THEN you can have the temptation.This does one of two things.First, it fills you up so you are less likely to eat a lot of the craving/temptation then you would have if you didn’t eat/drink the good stuff first.Second, the craving/temptation might go away all together. Sometimes people are actually dehydrated rather then hungry. Or if you do have something to eat, it will raise your blood sugar (in a good way) and that’s all you needed.
- Have a pep-talk with yourself.
One thing I always ask myself when I want to give into temptation is “Is this going help me get me to my next goal?”More times than not, it won’t.You have to decide… Is it worth it? Is this going to sabotage my hard work?Ninety-nine percent of the time, the answers to the above are: No and Yes. No, it’s not worth it and yes, it probably will sabotage my hard work.So then if those are the answers, I tell myself I need to walk away.
- Just give in!
Sometimes that’s what needs to happen.I have had times where nothing, and I mean NOTHING, will stop me from having a cookie (or 5) or digging into the bag of chips or even eating a few too many pieces of pizza.It happens.Don’t beat yourself up about it and don’t feel guilty.
But what you don’t want to do is turn that one temptation meal/snack into an all out binge for days, weeks or even months.
Just give in for that one time, I promise you, the world will not end.
So the next time you have temptation sitting right in front of you, go through this list in your head.
And no matter what you decide, be happy with the decision.
Again, 1 bump in the road will not keep you from your goals.
If you stumble on that bump, get back up ASAP, wipe yourself off and get back to it!