Willpower to Lose Weight
I had an incredible feat of willpower last night.
My wife wanted me to pickup dinner for us on my home from work last night. She wanted me to stop at Ye Ole Fashioned, a local burger joint with big, juicy burgers, thick french fries, Blue Bell ice cream, etc. It’s been a favorite of ours for years. Being the husband I am, I couldn’t say no to my loving wife two weeks away from our 5-year anniversary.
So, I went to Ye Ole Fashioned.
Let me set the scene for you. I’ve been at work all day, tired, exhausted, ready to go home and relax. My wife calls me at the office shortly before 4 to tell me she wants some Ye Ole Fashioned — that sounds delicious. I told myself that I had been a good boy all week, progressing well, I deserve a treat. It won’t hurt, I’ll just earn most of it back at the gym tonight.
That was my mindset until I left work, at least.
As I drove to the restaurant I struggled with whether or not I should order something for myself. I have had good gains all week, my muscles are coming along nicely, and I’ve had a perfect balance of burning/consuming calories. On the other hand, I was tired, hungry, and I deserved to splurge. I argued with myself from the time I got into my car at work to literally the counter at Ye Ole Fashioned on what I should do. At the last second, after I was done ordering for my wife, I was asked if “that was all I wanted to order today?”
I said yes.
While I thought I would feel remorse for not ordering anything for myself, I felt none. Zero. I immediately had a sense of empowerment wash over me. Boy, it felt good. I had said no to food. Not just any food, but my favorite food. I was standing in the lion’s den ordering food, taking in all the familiar sights, sounds, and smells that came with all my favorite food.
And I was able to walk away.
After waiting a few minutes for my wife’s food to cook I left and went to Chipotle. It was out of the way, but the drive was worth it. I ordered a fajita bowl, around 620 calories, and enjoyed my dinner without guilt. I knew that I wasn’t negating any of the work I had done, only fueling it with 40 plus grams of protein! Dinner was soon to be followed by a great workout at the gym last night. It was a great workout because I wasn’t trying to earn anything back or undo something I had done earlier, I was just moving forward.
I was just moving forward.