I could tell you how on Sunday, I traveled to my grandparents’ house for Family Cajun Food Day and how I only had one bowl of gumbo compared to my usual three. I could also tell you how I had a piece of cake as dessert and a sneaked a couple of cookies when no one was looking. (Hey, there were NINETEEN PEOPLE in my grandparents’ tiny house. It was either sugar up or go into shock.) And I could tell you how I stayed away from dark beers last week and stuck to light beers and how proud of myself I was of that.
But that is not what I want to confess to you today. (Although, I guess I just did, eh?)
Today, I want to tell you that I have no willpower. No, seriously. In fact, I’m not sure it even exists. If I want something, I refuse to deny myself what I want. I feel like telling yourself that you can never have [enter your favorite food here] again is just going to produce a whole lot of negative feelings about hating the food that is good for you.
Let me tell you what I do have. I have discipline. I have the discipline to say, OK, I’m going to have chips, but I’m going to get baked chips instead of fries. Or if I want to eat out with friends, I have the discipline to order a side salad with vinaigrette instead of fries with ranch dressing. (I did that today!) I have the discipline to say, instead of that 200 calorie beer, I’m going to have a 100 calorie beer.
Our life journey is all about choices, and we all have the discipline inside of us to find what kind of food choices are the best choices for us, without denying ourselves what we love when we that is not what we want to do. Find it within yourselves to have that discipline, to use it. If you slip up, that’s fine. But have the discipline to learn from your mistakes and to never give up.
You can do this! We can do it. We WILL do it.
What would you like to confess? Let me have it.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
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