Thursday, January 08, 2015

Resisting Temptation

Written by  Ava Barron-Shasho, MSW

For the most part, I live a pretty healthy lifestyle. I exercise 30 minutes four to five days a week and I eat more vegetables at breakfast than most people do all day. I don’t mind eating the same things every day. My breakfasts and lunches are standard and I add some variety at dinner. While I try to limit my sweets I am not very successful. I can plow through a box of Oreos and Reese’s are my kryptonite.

After Thanksgiving I figured resisting temptation for the month of December was not going to go well. So for the month of celebrations and parties, I gave myself permission to eat whatever I wanted. I simply told myself anything I ate would not make a life-long impact on my health. Nothing I couldn’t fix by returning to my current lifestyle. So I let loose. I decided I wasn’t going to limit myself to eating one cookie when I knew full well that I wanted three. It was useless to say I was going to only eat salad when my mom’s delicious stuffing was sitting right there on the counter. Nor was I going to visit Hershey Park and not eat the ice cream sundae with peanut butter sauce or the free Kit Kat bar they give when you get off the Chocolate World ride. I know myself really well and it just wasn’t going to happen so I gave myself permission to “let it go” as the Frozen song reminds us.

Before I knew it, New Year’s Eve was here and my relaxed vacation was coming to an end. I knew it before the count down for the ball had even begun. I could feel it! For starters, all that eating caused a disruption in my sleep and waking up at 4 a.m. is not as much fun as just going to sleep at 4 a.m. Walking the steps at work left me out of breath and of course my jeans were tighter. My energy level was low and my giddy up and go had got up and went.

So now I had to get back on the road to health and let me tell you this was no easy task. Sweets still called my name. Apparently I forgot to inform Mr. Sugar, or he didn’t read the memo, because temptation was everywhere and resisting was very hard. So I ran to the grocery store and stocked up on all my favorite healthy foods. Then I started listening to podcasts about healthy cooking and lifestyles. I downloaded a few recipes that would substitute for the sweets I had been devouring and before long I was back to exercising. I gave myself many pep talks and reminders that the party or parties were over.

I know this is not an easy transition for anyone to make but I like tackling molehills rather than mountains. For me this applied to food but for some it’s smoking, clutter, shopping, or drinking. The new year is a time to turn the page and a fresh start... so what are you waiting for?.

Ava Barron-Shasho, MSW, is a life and relationship coach, certifed by the International Coach Federation, and welcomes your feedback ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).


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