Will Power Is A Myth

I use to think I had no will power. I ballooned to 325 lbs. and I blamed it on a lack of will power. That’s BS. Will power is a myth. The key to my weight loss is the Tao of Dumbledore.

Let me explain.

“We must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy,” so says Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore. So I just applied this philosophy to my diet.

Pizza…I love it so. After working 15-hours and sitting in traffic for an hour, the last thing I wanted to do was cook a healthy dinner. So I’d order pizza. It was the easy choice. I’d eat 4-5 slices. I’d pack on the pounds and feel sluggish and ready for a nap after pizza. But hey, at least I didn’t have to cook.

I’ve decided to minimize pizza’s importance in my diet. Occasionally – and it’s rare – I’ll have pizza. Not the 4-5 slices I use to eat. Just a small slice with a large salad.  That’s not will power.  I just made a smart (i.e., the right) choice rather than taking the easy way out.

Some fundamental truths about my weight loss. I shed 75 lbs in 12 months by:

  • Going low carb
  • Exercising daily
  • Eliminating sugars and processed foods from diet
  • Drinking 8+ 8-oz glasses of water a day
  • Limiting my alcohol intake
  • Counting points and tracking my food
  • Stepping on a scale once a week

None of it is easy. In fact it’s damn hard. Trust me. Choosing a pizza over a salad is easy. Meeting friends at a bar and drinking ice tea – hard.

Last year the hardest decision I made was also one of the best. I made my health a priority.

Dumbledore would be pleased.

 

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