Wikipedia defines "temptation" as an act that looks appealing to an individual. Usually used to describe acts with negative connotations, succumbing to temptation tends to lead a person to regret their actions afterward. Sound familiar?
It's hard to think about making healthy choices in your own life without acknowledging the temptations that sit on your shoulder, taunting you with tasty treats, the comforts of a soft couch, and reruns of "Dancing With the Stars."
So how can you fight it? The truth is there is no easy solution. But I do believe that you can make a difference by following these three steps:
1) Temptation identification. Ignoring the temptation is the first stage of denial. If you don't acknowledge your weaknesses, it's harder to overcome them. Start by writing down three temptations you want to avoid and focus on them.
2) Temptation confrontation. Create an opportunity for yourself to be successful. Plan for an event or an exposure to a chosen temptation, and picture how things will go in your mind. Visualize success, for starters. Then walk past that candy jar, get skim milk in your coffee, and order steamed veggies on the side -- with reckless abandon.
3) Temptation celebration. Celebrating a temptation might seem sort of wacky. But remember, you deserve to splurge once a week on anything you like. If your temptation is a particular snack or comfort food, plan for it and enjoy. When you plan something out, it doesn't taunt you. It just becomes part of your normal life. You won't punish yourself for it, and you'll be less likely to fall into a downward spiral afterward.
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