I’m asking because I can’t seem to take my own self-control to the next level. Like a marathon runner, or a ballet dancer, or someone who’s like — I’m going to not eat sugar or carbs for a month and see how it feels.
I do have self-control in some ways, but I don’t have as much as I want in others. If I’m full but there’s one bite of cake left, I feel no need to eat it no matter how good it is. I don’t know how but I can do that at least.
Last week this concept of self-control was really on my mind because two week nights let’s just say I had a lot of wine. As in, shocked I didn’t have a major hangover level. Fine I’ll tell you, two nights I had four glasses. Fortunately I didn’t get a headache in either instance. I think I was drinking lots of water and eating plenty of food. There was also another evening were I went to two events that I had three drinks, and I’m sure there was a lunch or two with a glass of wine in there somewhere.
And that totally makes me sound like an alcoholic. The crazy thing is, ever since I moved to DC (4+ years ago) I actually drink way less then I used to (or maybe that’s because I’m getting older?). In the winter, I also typically drink way less than I do in the summer. In the summer I love to dine al fresco and it’s really hard for me to not have a class of wine (ahem, rosé) if one is available. And while I think this is totally OK to do, when it’s paired with 3-4 glasses later in the evening, in the middle of the week, well it just makes me start to think hmmmm I don’t even think the Europeans drink that much.
Last week was a bit of an anomaly with events and friends in town, etc., but it just helped point out to myself that I need to really test my self-control a little more.
Alcohol isn’t usually an issue for me. I hate having hangovers so I’m usually able to stop myself from drinking a lot. Four glasses in one evening (during the week) is a lot and very unusual for me. One or two a few nights a week I don’t have a problem with. It’s actually food (not alcohol) where I feel I need to exert a little more self-control.
I think a HUGE misconception about fat and our bodies in general is that working out is what will make our bodies change, when really it’s mostly about the food we eat. Working out is great for burning fat and building muscle, but it’s the food we eat that creates the fat in the first place (I just read this book and it’s really good — Why We Get Fat: And What To Do About It). And you might be thinking, Meg, you’re skinny, shut up. But this has nothing to do with being skinny and everything to do with being healthy, so let’s move on.
Alcohol is obviously empty unnecessary calories, so there’s one place to exert self-control, but controling food is just way harder for me. I love sweets and carbs. And I’m also really picky about food, so I use that as an excuse to eat poorly sometimes because “I’m picky and don’t like a lot of certain foods.”
Now people who know me will probably say, Meg, you eat really healthy — what are you talking about!?! And yes, I do eat pretty healthy. Or I try at least. But I also love donuts, ice cream, queso… I’m ALWAYS going to eat sweets and carbs and not be crazy-level and deny myself foods I love (luckily I have no gut or health issues that force me to stop eating those things). BUT what I’m leading up to here are two things that I’ve never been able to do: