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Is Willpower Enough for Losing Weight?

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A friend once told me:

If you really want to be healthy and lose weight you need to follow this equation:

Now it sounds simple, but in my head and looking at my background I thought that things were different, I mean I thought that 80% was the exercise and 20% controlling what I put in my mouth. Well that hasn’t taken me any farther so now I am under an experiment.

This experiment started last week when the hubs and I felt really down and with no motivation for working out or taking care of our meals. Until he was like ENOUGH I can’t take it anymore, and I was like yeah sure…(in my mind I couldn’t take it either but I was just craving some desert that I didn’t want to listen).

Does this situation ring a bell to you?

After that declaration we cleaned our fridge (with all my pain) and made a healthy groceries list. We redefined our goals for losing weight which resume in:

  • We will lose at least 2 pounds per week (until we reach our personal goal)

  • We will weight weekly and take our measurements once a month.

  • We will go to the gym at least 5 times a week (1 hour minimum).

  • We will not eat any junk food, processed food and Sodas are way out of limits.

  • We will eat more Veggies and Fruits (that is how we get our sugar from).

  • Dinner after gym will only be salad and a small protein portion (tuna or chicken).

Ok at this point I was going to cry LOL. But took the determination of saying, if you want different results you have to do things differently.

My first week just went by and let me tell you my experience, I did have some freaking cravings which are not fun, these cravings were due to the fact that I was in the junk food cycle, you know, the more you eat that type of food the more you desire it. BUT the gratification of seeing my weight in the scale this past Saturday was WORTH IT, I lost almost 4 pounds (even though I must confess that I did cheat twice over the week, but I don’t care).

I am not saying that I am over it, and that from now on things will be easy as pie, but if last year was the time when I became from an exercise hater to a person who enjoys it, this year will be the one when I will become a person who enjoys eating healthy.

In my belief, although willpower is important while conquering losing weight or any other goal (because you have to say NO to the good to say YES to the best), I also think that the words commitment, patience and perseverance play a big role. Why? Well because losing weight is not a thing that happens from one day to another, you have to let go of old patterns and develop a new way of life, which makes you a patient and perseverant person, and you do have to be committed all the time, is not like “I eat healthy on weekdays and have 2 free weekend days to eat what I want”. No it does not work like that, if you do that you are only fooling yourself.

Now, I am starting week number 2 now I want a Krispy Kream donut, but that’s OK because I am human, so what am I going to do? I am going to my fridge and eat a bit of chopped strawberries before hitting the gym. It is all about the choices, and though it takes willpower, I don’t want to restrict myself, because if I do I will fail. So I am just weighting my options and taking the best one. I know a donut right now will bloat me and will give me energy for like 10 minutes, while strawberries will be fresh, low in sugar and will reduce my craving for a longer period.

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4 thoughts on “Is Willpower Enough for Losing Weight?

  1. I understand completely, I need to stop snacking on Triscuits and Cheese!

    • Yes I know it’s hard, but yet I think that when you see your reward is worth it, right now I am following this, if I want something unhealthy I don’t say NO I just say, I’ll have it later, odds are in 10 minutes I will forget about it.

  2. Thanks for sharing this journey with us. It sounds like you are on a great track, I am going to borrow some of your ideas. I have been stuck in a junk food phase and hating exercise. Thanks for the inspiration and keep up the Great work!!!

    • You are so welcome, yes take them!! And thank you for the motivation, I am now writing and keeping record of what I eat, and the exercise I do, I joined a website and seems to be helping me a lot 🙂

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