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Do You Practice Your Will Power?

Some of us have great will power, but for others, restraint takes practice just like anything else. I'll sometimes go through will power exercises where I'll give something up for a while just to make sure I can do it. You could do a similar thing by making a bet with a friend. Do you practice putting your will power to the test? Share your tactics in the comments.


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cfp cfp 8 years
Oh God. No willpower for me! Just looking at that donut makes me want one...for me, I usually just give in to the cravings. If I want a donut, I'll eat one, but I'll make sure to work out extra hard to make up for it.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Most of the time I have great will power minus that time of the month or fried dough at a fair. :)
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
I try practicing willpower, but it's pretty weak at the moment. Bad bad me. Some days I can be insanely strong and other days I'm just like "gimme chocolate!!!!". Ah well. Such is life.
French-Kiss French-Kiss 8 years
I said other because i didn't understand the question. However i love the picture XD
closetrebels closetrebels 8 years
When I'm extremely motivated, my will power is amazing! But when I get into that lazy mindset I could eat everything in the house. I do love practicing will power though, there is such a sense of accomplishment afterwords. However, moderation is key.
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
Symphonee, I tend to do that too! I try to wait it out to see if I really want it, or do I just really want it in that specific moment. A lot of times it passes, but sometimes I'm thinking for cake for three days (then its time for cake,lol). I tend to keep my indulgences to weekends just because I figure I can either eat a candy bar whenever the mood strikes(so common) or I can save it up and split a cheesecake or carmel creation on Saturday (or something like that).
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
I prefer to use delayed gratification. I will give in to most cravings because your body will always tel you what it needs. That's what cravings are for. I will, however put some cravings of for a day or two depending on how else my body feels and what I am craving. If I crave fruit or water, I give in specific foods like donuts, honey buns, or or like items I'll wait a day to see if I still have the craving. if i do, then I give in.
lollofit lollofit 8 years
Ha! I don't need to intentionally test my willpower- it gets enough of a workout already! Add my intense sugar cravings to having a sister who makes cakes for a living and.. well, I'm sure you can guess. It's hard. I just let myself have a little otherwise I can't stop thinking about it. But first, I always drink a big glass of water and then just have a lovely little taste. So worth it. Having a little of the best makes it so that I don't really crave or am that tempted by lesser goodies ;)
Sun_Sun Sun_Sun 8 years
i try to but i can proudly say i have gotten alot better than i was before. but just in case, i avoid bringing tempting things into the home...
telane telane 8 years
I agree with someone else who posted above - I forgot who - My system has gotten so used to good food and low amounts of sugar that when I would eat something bad for me (fast food or a lot of candy or something like that) I totally feel it. I obviously don't want to eat something that makes me feel crappy, so I don't really have a problem keeping things in moderation.
blackdresses88 blackdresses88 8 years
I try, I really do. But I have none.
divinedebris divinedebris 8 years
Willpower and me have a love/hate relationship. There are definite days where I'm the strongest person in the world and chocolate will not win but there are others where I'm as weak as a feather. I don't like to deny myself something but I don't indulge every day...although lately I've felt like I wanted to. I've got a wicked bad sweet tooth that some days can't be sated.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
Thank you margokhal. I was going to say that but I got distracted by the photo of the doughnut. Umm...doughnuts.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
There's been sufficient enough fitness and well-being research to conclude that there's no such thing as "willpower". It's not about being able to "withstand" any sort of temptation. All your doing is torturing yourself and ignoring your body's genuine concerns. We don't get cravings for absolutely no reason, you know. Personally, I listen to my body. If I'm craving something, it's because my body NEEDS *some* part of that. Like, if I want potato chips, what I really want is something salty/crunchy. So I get carrots and put some pepper and olive oil instead. That's not willpower, that's understanding WHY your body does what it does. If I see a really nice dessert tray with a bunch of cheesecakes [I really LOVE cheesecake!], but I've already eaten, then it's just my body saying, "hey, cheesecake! YOU LOVE CHEESECAKE. Give me cheesecake!" Either I will say, "sure, I haven't eaten so much, a taste of it will do" or "you're actually not hungry right now. You're very full and you're getting indigestion. Eating cheesecake will do you no good if you can't even get up later b/c of a stomachache." Really, just take the time listen to what your body says. I know it sounds New Age-y and kind of ridiculous, but trust me - it works. And you'll feel so much better overall! :)
1apple 1apple 8 years
I do practice "willpower" when I make myself get up in the morning! As far as food goes, the more I tell myself I can't have something, the more I want it. So I try to allow myself some of whatever I want. It seems to be working pretty well.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
Will power, don't believe in it. I practice self-restraint, self-control and self-punishment. I seriously weigh what everything will ultimately cost me. Everything I do has consequences but I think about whether the consequences are long term or short term, positive or negative etc.
misskacie misskacie 8 years
I like the feeling of being able to control my baser appitites (within reason). I feel it's more empowering to feel the physical rewards throughout the day than to have eat something and have only a moment of satisfaction. If I want to eat something "naughty" then I'll just make a space for it in my daily food plan. I definitely don't do unplanned treats. Yeah, yeah, I'm sure I'm no fun on this one. :)
Amester3005 Amester3005 8 years
I practice will power and more often moderation but I still need more practice at both
missxvicious missxvicious 8 years
It's a little bit of both.I usually ask myself do I REALLY need it or do I REALLY want.If I usually drink a glass of or so before.If I still want it.I'll have a small piece of it.This when I need to use willpower because than as soon as I have a small taste of it.I'll want more and more til I am fill or til it's gone.Yea.I need to use willpower more often because I usually don't
tamaradulva tamaradulva 8 years
I'm surrounded by free food nearly every day at work. Although I have broken down over sheet cake three times in the six months I have changed my eating habits and fitness levels for a better healthy lifestyle, I'm glad that my willpower has more than improved. Plus, working late shifts used to make me run to the McDonald's drive-through, and now I don't do that anymore.
darc5204 darc5204 8 years
If I really want something, I have it. More often than not, I can happily do without the bad stuff.
gothamgal gothamgal 8 years
I used to be able to eat anything before and not have aftereffects. My body now reacts like a finely tuned Porsche (ha ha, that's what I tell myself to feel better) and everytime I eat something "junky" I feel as though I'm recovering from a sugar/grease binge the next day. Seriously, if I didn't feel so icky afterward, I would go to town (more often). Absolutely.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I picked Other - I do it sometimes, but definitely not "often." Usually I just avoid my temptations.
Renee3327 Renee3327 8 years
I do have willpower - I'm the type that can have tons of candy in the house without it being an issue. However, I don't believe in depriving myself something if I really want it, I just think about whether or not I really do want it before I eat it. If I do then I go for it without another thought and if I don't then I skip it.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
my "normal" is very healthy and balanced. I will not deprive myself of something special.
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