I love how so many people recommend that you clear the house of all your chips, cookies, cakes, etc. as part of starting a low carb lifestyle.
Not all of us have that luxury.
My thin wife and my thin daughter might not be too happy if their goodies suddenly disappeared – in fact, there would be something of a riot. While a person might make a decision to live a certain way, they cannot expect that others are going to join along – it’s unrealistic – and just plain rude.
And even if you do convince them, you suffer from the fact that their commitment might wane before yours – and if you made a goodie-free household a cornerstone of your weight loss success, when they bring in the Yodels, You Are Doomed.
It’s one reason why I’ve always shied away from having a ‘weight-loss buddy’ – you are supposed to be helping each other be strong, but what happens many times is one of the two falls off the wagon and the other follows.
No one can lose weight for you – no matter what strategies work for you, always remember: You are responsible for You – so if you do the buddy thing and your buddy bails, you don’t get dragged down.
Maybe because I’m trying to get into induction, but it sure seems that the number of high-carb goodies has increased in my house. Cakes and candy bars, mini bite pizza bagels for the kid. All sorts of gooey, yummy junk.
What do I do?
I live with it.
Temptation is all around us. It is a waste of energy to try to create a temptation-free zone most times – certainly if you live alone, ditching the chips is a good idea, but there’s a whole world out there full of chips – and unless you are housebound, you will run into them.
I remember people who would want to stop smoking and they would tell their friends not to smoke around them – then when a friend (who didn’t particularly want to stop smoking at that point in time) smoked in from of them, they would start smoking again – and blame the friend.
Stupid idiot – a person like this will never accomplish anything and blame everyone but themselves for their failures. You take personal responsibility for yourself and your actions and you will suddenly acquire enormous power in your life – not just to lose weight, but to do anything.
I know the M&Ms are in the basement – I have some ricotta with Splenda instead. There’s still a slab of strawberry cake in the fridge – I’ll have one of my almond cookie balls with some zero-calorie jelly on it.
Atkins is a great lifestyle because fat can really satisfy you appetite – OK, so you’d rather have the M&Ms – you’d also rather fit in a smaller pair of pants – you can’t have both.