“Kayla, how do you have such willpower?”
I get this question a lot at family functions, pool parties, girl’s night out, or anytime people see me avoiding food that isn’t on my strict meal plan. If you haven’t noticed, everything we do revolves around food…
Sure, I could avoid having dessert after our date night dinner, or refrain from having a drink at a pool party, but to avoid all of that and more after not having it for months takes some real effort.
Effort and willpower I didn’t have a while back.
After months of going to functions with a surplus of food while being on a meal plan, I have had many opportunities to put myself in situations that require small moments of willpower.
Cue Girl’s Night Out…
So to answer that question: Being able to say no with food and drinks just takes a lot of practice.
I like to think of willpower as a muscle…the more you use it, the stronger it gets.
Don’t expect that you will be able to avoid everything the first time you are put in a situation where food is abundant and you are on a specific meal plan. Go in with realistic expectations and as it gets easier for you (as you have more practice) then you can try to cut back even more. Sometimes, you might fail and it’s okay!
A few tips:
+Use a small plate and tell yourself that when it’s gone, you are done. No more snacking. This way you can have a little of everything, but know when to stop.
+Use and if/then rule. “If I pass on the drinks then I can have a piece of the birthday cake.” Here you give yourself the option to choose just one item that you really want. You get to indulge a little, but are still refraining from having
your cake and eating it too it all.
+Eat beforehand so that you aren’t starving. Knowing that your food cravings are honestly just cravings and not hunger might help you remind yourself that you just want a small taste versus filling up on junk.
+Pack a snack that fits your meal plan. Rather than sitting and obsessing over the food, you can at least have your healthy food to prevent cravings and hunger.
+Get your workout in before you go. Trust me here. You will not want to stuff your face knowing that your hard work from the morning would have been for nothing.
Lastly, don’t beat yourself up. No one has ever been a pro at something the first time they tried it. Keep on