“But I Have No Willpower!”

So you don’t think you have any willpower, do you?

“Hogwash!”  That same willpower that prevents you from telling your boss, mother-in-law or that rude sales clerk what you really think of him/her, is the same willpower you should tap into to prevent yourself from pigging out or losing control.  You have a lot of willpower, you simply have to realize it for yourself.

Think about it logically. There are only three things that happen in any situation: 1. The event itself.  2. The self talk, and  3. The reaction

Let me give you an example.  Your co-worker asks if she can pick up something from a fast food restaurant on her way back to the office.  That’s the event.  Now the self-talkGee, I brought some homemade soup with me today, but a burger sounds tempting.  I’ve been really good on my ‘diet’ plan lately. Maybe a burger would be okay, I can get back on it tomorrow.  Oh, but I wanted to get into that little black dress before the reunion next week.  Which do I want more, the burger or to feel triumphant when I see bully Rosemary Kolwsalski, and ask, ‘how do you like me now’??? (totally in your humanity of course)  Finally,#3; reaction:  Whatever you choose to do, you own.  It was your decision, no one elses.  No one else lives in your body but you!  Willpower is choosing to do the right thing, and you already know what you should do. Talk yourself into success.

Another tip to build willpower: Tap into your visualization skills.  Imagine how you’ll feel walking into that class reunion, looking your best, most confident self!  After all, if you can lose weight, you can do anything, right? Wouldn’t that be a fabulous reward?  Wouldn’t you like to feel confident and special everyday, not just for one night?  After all, if you only lost weight for the reunion, then what’s to keep you going the day after? That’s precisely your goal; a lifelong commitment to feeling special because you are! Feel great everyday!  Don’t give in to a fleeting moment’s temptation, be stronger than that!

Create positive thoughts throughout the day to help you.  Tell yourself, “I am a strong, competent person because I am a child of a very important King.” Memorize scripture verses to assist you, such as  Philippians 4:13, “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” NIV  

You were bought with a price by our Lord Jesus Christ. God stated that gluttony and lack of control is sin. Did Jesus have to die for your out of control eating habits; for the sake of an entire Pepperidge Farm cake that you ate in one sitting?  Seems a little crazy, but sin is sin and Jesus died for all our sins, even gluttony.

Pray for wisdom and strength. He’ll provide a way for you to overcome temptation. Trust in I Cor. 10:13,  “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.  But when you are tempted, he will also provide  a way out so that you can stand up under it.”  Think ahead. Write down what you can do besides eat when you are tempted. Perhaps you may have to bring in more flavorful, colorful lunches. Maybe avoid bringing snacks into your home, which create a loss of control on your part.   All of these are practical ways to overcome temptation, you just need to develop the personal choice that you’ll do the right thing!


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