Review Category : Behavior

A Strategic Approach to Preventing Holiday Weight Gain

RECIPE FOR DISASTER

“The key in this recipe is the melted willpower – make sure it’s completely dissolved before you forge ahead! The taste of overenthusiasm can be a little overwhelming at times, but that’s what makes this so special. I love to pull this recipe out when we have many friends and family over; it’s one that everyone seems to like!” – Jane Doe

Makes 4 servings

Prep time: A fortnight
Cook time: 60-90 minutes

Ingredients

1tbsp zest of overenthusiasm
1oz active dry anxiety
1oz willpower
2 cups cravings, all purpose
1/2 cup lack of preparedness, semi-sweet
dash of hopes
dash of dreams, to taste

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Willpower Wonders: Pick Your Challenge

You want more of it. You envy those who appear to possess more than you do. You hope that if you stare at inspirational photos long enough, that of others will seep through your skin and embody you whole.

Willpower.

You curse yourself as you fall for temptation, as you’re lured away from work by procrastination, as you’re once more a victim of your addictions.

This is the last time, you say. I’ll try harder tomorrow, you promise to yourself. Again.

But it just doesn’t work that way.

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Fit Habits: Understanding Where You Are

So you want to be lean and sexy, eh? You’re not alone. I’m sure you have, at one point or another, looked at yourself in the mirror and said, “Damn, I wish I could see my abs more,” or, “These loves handles have to go.”

Yet despite this ubiquitous desire to sport a beach body year-round, very few of us actually manage to get to that point. Seriously, just take a look around for proof. I had a friend the other day talk to me for about the 10th time about wanting to slim down the size of his legs. Every time he brings up this topic, we find ourselves in 20-minute arguments about how he should be eating, how much cardio he should be doing, and how (and if) he should be training his legs. And then later that night, he says, “Hey, does anyone want to order Domino’s Pizza?”

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Flexible Dieting 101

When I first got involved in fitness four years ago, I learned all about “clean eating,” weighing out every morsel of your food, the “importance” of meal-timing (yes, there’s a reason why that’s in quotations), and the dozens of supplements you absolutely had to take in order to be fit. I fell for all of it, and it took a toll on me without my even realizing it. I became almost instantly obsessed with being PERFECTLY FIT and emulating my newfound role models and turned a blind eye to how that was affecting my life. Before I knew it, I was dodging social opportunities out of fear that I would be presented with a platter of food that didn’t fit my meal plan. I became anxious whenever I had to eat out; God forbid my chicken be cooked with butter! I started spending my evenings alone at home as I told myself that I’d rather be reading about fitness than working on my relationships with my friends. I’d alienated myself from everyone – and although I was aware of this on a subconscious level, I kept telling myself that I was just fine.

But it sucked. It really, really sucked.

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Bad Habits: Multitasking

“I’m scheduling an appointment with a psychologist,” I declared two days ago. I was convinced I had ADHD. Really, I did. I’d become increasingly aware of my inability to focus on a single task without inevitably drifting off to other thoughts. Okay, what else do I need to do after this? I’d better write that down. I wonder which one I should do first. How long will that take? In the midst of completing one task, I was already thinking about the next thing I had to do. It was getting to the point where it was starting to disrupt my life.

How many of you have multiple browsers open when you’re trying to complete an assignment on your laptop? You check your phone every three minutes, you’re listening to music, chatting with some buddies, perhaps participating in some online forums, Facebook stalking, and your Word document is open on your desktop… somewhere. How much complete attention can you really devote to all of those things?

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