Would you believe that having to have self-control is one of the things that spoils your chance for weight loss success? If you stop to think about it, diets get left behind and exercise goes out the window all because you didn’t have the self-control you needed when you needed it.
Now everyone knows that self-control means stopping yourself from doing what you shouldn’t be doing. For example, not giving in to temptation. Resist temptation by applying self-control, isn’t this the usual weight loss banner?
Of course, some women are better than others at applying the brakes and not giving in to the temptation of second helpings, afternoon fattening snacks, or desserts that seriously defeat any diet. Are these women better at calling forth their self-control when they need to? Perhaps they are. But maybe, just maybe they’re not tempted at all. Somehow they got past being tempted; no self-control needed. These privileged women may not even perceive temptations as temptations.
How can this be? Consider this. Have you gotten past temptations in your life, temptations that used to tempt you but no longer do? Let’s think of some possibilities here. Perhaps you used to suck your thumb and then there came a time when you no longer needed to suck your thumb. Or perhaps you used to be boy crazy and now for the longest time you’re not. Did you party too much in your late teens and early twenties but now you’re past all that.
Get the picture? Your motives change, your goals change, and voilà, you’re not even tempted to party, go boy crazy, suck your thumb, or eat like there’s no tomorrow. So…the upshot is—change your motives and your goals and you won’t have to sweat and strain to maintain your self-control.