Will Power - HELP!

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    Dec 11, 2013 4:20 PM GMT
    So this is my problem.....my personality is one of extremes when it comes to my diet. I vacillate between being on or off a diet. Luckily I don't have a weight problem, so when I say "diet", I'm not talking about a lose-weight-diet. I did the Whole Life Challenge a couple months ago, and for one week I was strict as hell about it; then after a week I decided I couldn't possibly live without chips and salsa. So right then and there I broke my diet plan and have been eating dessert after almost every meal.

    I have no problem keeping up my workouts, so will power isn't an issue there. But eating badly is definitely affecting my workouts and I wake up feeling like crap. Anyone else struggle with cheating in moderation?
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    Dec 11, 2013 7:59 PM GMT
    You should get the crap out of your diet. I should, too. Mostly I have by simply giving myself Saturday night off and Sunday morning. I can deny myself some things I want during the week just by knowing on Saturday night, I can have whatever I want. Takes the pressure off.

  • Dec 11, 2013 8:04 PM GMT
    I think you look amazing as you are..

    A hot pup definately worth handling. icon_smile.gif


    But, if you want a serious answer.....

    1. Don't keep bad food in the house
    2. Prepare meals in advance and stick them in the freezer so you have healthy, meals ready to heat up.
    3. Believe it or not, I put a note on my fridge once saying "Don't eat you fat cow!" When I opened the fridge, I saw the note and picked something healthy..
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    Dec 11, 2013 8:06 PM GMT
    Scruffypup saidSo this is my problem.....my personality is one of extremes when it comes to my diet. I vacillate between being on or off a diet. Luckily I don't have a weight problem, so when I say "diet", I'm not talking about a lose-weight-diet. I did the Whole Life Challenge a couple months ago, and for one week I was strict as hell about it; then after a week I decided I couldn't possibly live without chips and salsa. So right then and there I broke my diet plan and have been eating dessert after almost every meal.

    I have no problem keeping up my workouts, so will power isn't an issue there. But eating badly is definitely affecting my workouts and I wake up feeling like crap. Anyone else struggle with cheating in moderation?


    I had a lot of challenges sticking to a diet. Last summer I wanted to get 7% lean. My trainer had me eat white fish and broccoli twice a day for 12 weeks. I got so ripped. After that sticking to a "normal" body builder diet was really easy. Long story short, plan your meals and stick to your plan. Set goals in 12 week increments.
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    Dec 12, 2013 4:58 AM GMT
    Destinharbor saidYou should get the crap out of your diet. I should, too. Mostly I have by simply giving myself Saturday night off and Sunday morning. I can deny myself some things I want during the week just by knowing on Saturday night, I can have whatever I want. Takes the pressure off.



    I actually don't purchase any junk food at the grocery store. It's when I eat out it happens. And I do like your idea about a weekly cheat day. I did the Body for Life thing several years ago, and that was one of the things Bill Phillips insisted on. I think I may incorporate that back into my life. Thanks for reminding me of that.
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    Dec 12, 2013 5:01 AM GMT
    onemusclefreak saidI think you look amazing as you are..

    A hot pup definately worth handling. icon_smile.gif


    But, if you want a serious answer.....

    1. Don't keep bad food in the house
    2. Prepare meals in advance and stick them in the freezer so you have healthy, meals ready to heat up.
    3. Believe it or not, I put a note on my fridge once saying "Don't eat you fat cow!" When I opened the fridge, I saw the note and picked something healthy..



    Thank you. I think you're hot too, but according to your profile, guys over 40 are not worthy of your attention. icon_rolleyes.gif

    But yes, preparing food ahead of time is probably the answer for me too. I've done it in the past and that's how I stuck to my diet. Guess it's time to start rattling the pans.
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    Dec 12, 2013 5:03 AM GMT
    JimiB said
    Scruffypup saidSo this is my problem.....my personality is one of extremes when it comes to my diet. I vacillate between being on or off a diet. Luckily I don't have a weight problem, so when I say "diet", I'm not talking about a lose-weight-diet. I did the Whole Life Challenge a couple months ago, and for one week I was strict as hell about it; then after a week I decided I couldn't possibly live without chips and salsa. So right then and there I broke my diet plan and have been eating dessert after almost every meal.

    I have no problem keeping up my workouts, so will power isn't an issue there. But eating badly is definitely affecting my workouts and I wake up feeling like crap. Anyone else struggle with cheating in moderation?


    I had a lot of challenges sticking to a diet. Last summer I wanted to get 7% lean. My trainer had me eat white fish and broccoli twice a day for 12 weeks. I got so ripped. After that sticking to a "normal" body builder diet was really easy. Long story short, plan your meals and stick to your plan. Set goals in 12 week increments.



    The same meal twice a day for 12 weeks??? I'd vomit after the second day! I can't eat the same meal more than twice in a row. icon_neutral.gif
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    Dec 12, 2013 5:54 AM GMT
    From one pup to another:

    Personally, I would be less concerned about the type of foods one eats as I would be about the quality of food. And if you get enough exercise, it actually doesn't matter a whole lot how much you eat.

    Food quality--its freshness, lack of processing/chemicals/pesticides--is a lot more important than whether you choose to eat salsa or ice cream or vegetables. Some foods are just inherently more fresh and unprocessed than others (e.g., a whole tomato compared to salsa in a jar). But that doesn't mean you can't make your own salsa from fresh ingredients.

    Yes, it takes more time, but the result is often tastier, healthier, and the process of food preparation reconnects you to where food comes from. You're more likely to be more conscious of what you put in your body when you choose the ingredients.

    And that's a big part of the problem of American food culture--we have become so "busy" with our lives (wasn't technology supposed to liberate us and make us more productive so we could have more free time?) that many of us choose to eat pre-made meals. We need to learn how to rearrange our priorities. If we can spend time exercising at the gym, we can spend time at the market and in our kitchen.

    So this, in my opinion, is why attempts to control one's diet so frequently fail. Dietary health has never really been about the simplistic, black-and-white notion that some foods are good and some are bad, but rather, that it is about quality, freshness, and balance, which are more difficult to ascertain because you can't just cross these off on a checklist.

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    Dec 12, 2013 6:32 AM GMT
    heropup said
    Food quality--its freshness, lack of processing/chemicals/pesticides--is a lot more important than whether you choose to eat salsa or ice cream or vegetables.



    Sorry, I just don't buy that.
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    Dec 12, 2013 7:19 AM GMT
    Scruffypup said
    Sorry, I just don't buy that.


    *shrug* My advice is based on my personal experience. Everyone is different. In any case, it's your diet and your life, not mine. Feel free to ignore my opinion, but I *don't* feel like crap, unlike you (your words, not mine).

  • Dec 12, 2013 10:14 PM GMT
    Scruffypup said
    onemusclefreak saidI think you look amazing as you are..

    A hot pup definately worth handling. icon_smile.gif


    But, if you want a serious answer.....

    1. Don't keep bad food in the house
    2. Prepare meals in advance and stick them in the freezer so you have healthy, meals ready to heat up.
    3. Believe it or not, I put a note on my fridge once saying "Don't eat you fat cow!" When I opened the fridge, I saw the note and picked something healthy..



    Thank you. I think you're hot too, but according to your profile, guys over 40 are not worthy of your attention. icon_rolleyes.gif

    But yes, preparing food ahead of time is probably the answer for me too. I've done it in the past and that's how I stuck to my diet. Guess it's time to start rattling the pans.



    I make exceptions for puppies.
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    Dec 14, 2013 1:16 AM GMT
    Scruffypup saidSo this is my problem.....my personality is one of extremes when it comes to my diet. I vacillate between being on or off a diet. Luckily I don't have a weight problem, so when I say "diet", I'm not talking about a lose-weight-diet. I did the Whole Life Challenge a couple months ago, and for one week I was strict as hell about it; then after a week I decided I couldn't possibly live without chips and salsa. So right then and there I broke my diet plan and have been eating dessert after almost every meal.

    I have no problem keeping up my workouts, so will power isn't an issue there. But eating badly is definitely affecting my workouts and I wake up feeling like crap. Anyone else struggle with cheating in moderation?


    give some examples of your typical diet
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    Dec 14, 2013 5:20 AM GMT
    jerseywoof said
    Scruffypup saidSo this is my problem.....my personality is one of extremes when it comes to my diet. I vacillate between being on or off a diet. Luckily I don't have a weight problem, so when I say "diet", I'm not talking about a lose-weight-diet. I did the Whole Life Challenge a couple months ago, and for one week I was strict as hell about it; then after a week I decided I couldn't possibly live without chips and salsa. So right then and there I broke my diet plan and have been eating dessert after almost every meal.

    I have no problem keeping up my workouts, so will power isn't an issue there. But eating badly is definitely affecting my workouts and I wake up feeling like crap. Anyone else struggle with cheating in moderation?


    give some examples of your typical diet



    Breakfast: A slice of quiche and glass of water. Occasionally I'll have a muffin instead but that's rare.
    Lunch: Normally it's sushi or a vegetarian African dish of some kind....black eyed peas over rice and plantains is my normal fare.
    Dinner: It could be any number of cuisines as I eat out every meal ( I know I know......that's got to stop.) icon_redface.gif That's when I find it hard to resist dessert. If I somehow manage to skip dessert, then after I get home I will sometimes get dressed at midnight and go grab a pint of ice cream or chocolate from the Walgreens. I always have to drive to the store to get junk food because I won't allow myself to bring it home from the grocery store. I'm pretty sure this is emotional eating. I start thinking about sad and worrisome things just before bedtime and I start craving sweets. When I'm on my diet, I just slice and apple and dip it in peanut butter and I'm totally satisfied. What I don't understand is why I have to be so extreme with my diet. It's like I'm just not wired for moderation. icon_neutral.gif