Self-control: Outdoor exercise is easier, or is it just me?

Dieting is hard. I don’t know about the rest of you but I love food. Where I work they are big on cakes for birthdays, potlucks for holidays and it’s a fun thing to be a part of. It just isn’t healthy…. ever. The hard part is maintaining self-control and not eating all the food that is bad for me.


I know everyone claims that you can eat what you want on most diets, you just have to watch how much of it you eat. That is not easy though. Moderation is a simple thing to talk about but not an easy thing to practice. If you put good food in front of me I want to eat it all, so dieting has been tough. I have been using weight watchers to help me get a visual of how I am doing on a daily basis and some days- it’s not pretty. I get 36 points a day and last weekend managed to get 111 points.


The other great weight loss technique that everyone goes on about- exercise. I don’t know when the last time you went to the gym was… but it’s soooooooo boring! Maybe I am doing something wrong, or going to the wrong gym, but I would rather watch paint dry. At least then I could be comfortably sitting. I suppose this is another situation where you have to have the self-control to force yourself to go regularly until it becomes a habit and feels weird if you don’t do it, but that’s not me.

So, I found another way. I put myself in a situation where exercise served a purpose. Instead of pointlessly running in place at a gym, I started walking to the bus to get to work. 3 miles a day, more if I go to the gas station as well. I have recently acquired a bike and that will reduce the time it takes to get around and allow me to bike to places that I can’t walk. Well…. once I learn to ride a bike that is.

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What do you do to improve your self-control?

Do you work out? If so Gym or Outdoors?

What diets have worked for you (or are working for you)?

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