I decided to write a post on resisting temptations because it’s one of the hardest trials that you’ll go through when trying to commit to a workout program. In fact, it just plain sucks. There’s really no other way to put it because it’s very tough to go from eating like crap every single day to eating 100% clean without cheating on your diet at all. I would know because I went through it while going through my first round of P90X. Before P90X, I was that guy who ate a bowl of cookie dough ice cream 3 times a week, and it was a heaping bowl topped with half a bottle of Hershey’s chocolate hard shell. Real healthy for me, I know. Every time I went out to eat I got fried chicken fingers and french fries, and if I ever got anything else, it was either pizza or white pasta like fettuccine alfredo. We were also always on the go because of traveling so much for baseball, so fast food was my best friend. My point? I sat 3 years ago where you might be now sitting today, and look at the changes I made for myself.
I am happy to say that I committed 100% to the P90X Nutrition Guide during my first round of P90X and didn’t cheat. I pretty much quit eating junk food cold turkey, and it was tough because it was such a drastic change for me. I was just tired of the way I looked and felt, and knew the only way to change that was by committing myself to the entire P90X program, and that’s exactly what I did. When you go from eating crap all day every day for years to eating nothing but healthy food, your body gets confused at what the heck is going on. I would have countless cravings of sugar, and the only thing I could do is eat a piece of fruit or just ignore it. I usually chose the latter because I had already had my fruit serving for the day, and it was not an enjoyable experience, but I did it for myself. The cravings lasted for a few months, but once I started seeing more and more results, I had less and less cravings. I guess my body adjusted to my new healthy lifestyle. I still have cravings every once in a while, but now I have Shakeology to help with that.
One issue that you will face is temptations from friends and family. If you’re anything like me, you enjoy eating out, and we like to eat out every Friday as a family. One thing that you will discover is that you will constantly be made fun of, ridiculed, because of your new lifestyle change, even from friends and family, which is unfortunate. 98% of people won’t understand why you’re “putting yourself through it.” You’ll have buddies order a pizza just to rub it in your face, friends call you a sissy for ordering a water at the bar, and family try to get you to eat unhealthy food so that you can be “normal” again. How do I know? Because every single one of these has happened to me, and continue to happen to me. You’re going to learn that when you begin doing something great for yourself, such as living a healthy lifestyle, there are always going to be people who will try to ruin it. They don’t do it because they think you’re doing the wrong thing, they do it because you’re going in a different direction than them. I’ve even seen some people post undeserved remarks about others on Facebook and Twitter because of this. They will do anything they can to make your life miserable and bring you back down to their level. However, instead of letting it get to you, laugh, shrug it off, and understand why these people do the things they do, and that’s to make themselves feel better. Really, if anything, you should feel bad that they have nothing else better to do than try to bring you down.
Resisting temptations is tough, but something that you will have to do if you want to make a positive change in your life, especially regarding health and fitness. If you want something bad enough, you will do whatever it takes to accomplish it. If I can go from eating nothing but crap food every single day to eating 100% clean, then so can you. It’s all mental, and if you truly believe that you can reach your goal, your mind will pave the way to success. Don’t let anything or anybody stop you from accomplishing what you believe is right.
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