Do you have the willpower it takes to delay gratification and bypass a dessert that's not on your weight-loss diet plan?
You may not, and here's why.
Sienna had been doing just fine with dieting. She was in the early stage and hadn't been at it long. She didn't have the confidence of someone who had been dieting for a while and could count on pretty steady dieting motivation. So she worried if she went off her diet, even the slightest, she could easily return to overeating, "oversnacking" actually. But in her dieting zeal, she wasn't figuring in all of those other factors, the non-weight-loss ones that could cause her to impulsively eat off her diet plan.
Here is one of those factors that could get anyone to lose their willpower in favor of gratifying themselves. Sienna had unexpressed anxieties about a number of important matters, the most important one being her relationship with her husband. She sort of just lived with this one. But it was always there, the anticipation that something would go wrong. In fact, that was just what was wrong, the pins and needles, the eggshells she automatically avoided stepping on.
Sienna couldn't see the connection, but gratifying herself was important, even necessary for her, because she had to deny herself so much in her marriage. The loss of her ability to use her willpower when it came to food was a sign that something was wrong in her life. Only Sienna couldn't do anything about it. The tense relationship she had with her husband was the same tense relationship she had with food.