Skinny Sara posted this yesterday and it’s given me a lot to think about.
Basically, it boils down to the idea that willpower isn’t a trait that you’re born with; rather like a muscle, you have to develop it.
That makes me really glad actually! In a weird way, it gives me hope. I’ve always figured one of the reasons I got up to my highest weight was because I have no willpower. And while that may have been true, if you believe the article Sara links to, it’s not anymore. Every time I practice saying no to something like fast food or getting my (substantial) ass to the gym, I’m “working out” my willpower.
I figure this explains why I’ve never been able to make a diet lifestyle stick before. As I’ve explained when I’ve talked about lifting weights, I like to see results NOW! Not three months down the road! I’ve always bitched and moaned about how hard it is to dig deep and find the will to keep going. I had no idea that by putting my head down and just DOING IT, I would be making it easier on myself.
I wish I had’ve known this before. Maybe it would have made a difference all the other times I tried to lose weight.
One thing that’s been plaguing me for the last six months or so is this: why didn’t I do this sooner? It’s not like it was any harder back then? I know I still have a long way to go and it won’t be easy, but at least I’m doing SOMETHING. I could have taken my fate into my own hands anytime in the last ten years.
Why didn’t I?