367: Strategies For Overcoming Excuses & Exceptions

What do you do when you don’t feel like doing the work?

I am all for indulging when it makes sense, but I also know that continuously justifying indulgences & overeating can keep you from your goals and be a huge source of frustration.

In today’s episode I’m sharing a few of my own personal strategies for overcoming that desire to throw in the towel or turn away from my goals.

If you feel like you need a better way to respond to temptation, stress, or simply the way you talk yourself into over-indulging, today’s episode is for you!

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14 replies
  1. Cheyene
    Cheyene says:

    Here’s some things that will satisfy me without much damage and still leaves me satisfied: Justin’s almond butter packs, a quest bar, fage greek yogurt with a drizzle of raw honey, almonds (bought as a single serving because I will eat them all), sweet potato, my special cauliflower soup, salmon with crunchy skin, coffee with cream from a convenient store…and it really helps when I paint my fingernails!

  2. Nicole
    Nicole says:

    I love the idea of a list of strategies! Strategies that I’ve used to fend off a poor decision: long shower or bath, sparking water in a wine glass, exercise or at lease short walk or hot tea.

  3. Karen
    Karen says:

    great episode! I usually can’t throw on a cute outfit when I am feeling like I don’t want to do the work. I stay at home taking care of my home and 4 kids so I usually dress very casually and comfortably. It bothers me because I really enjoy dressing up. Something I do instead is to try on clothes in my closet that I haven’t worn in a while. It always amazes me when something that was tight just a few weeks ago fits better! It makes me happy and helps me to look forward to wearing the clothes on a special occasion. I also will try to treat myself with something I wouldn’t normally eat or some new vegetable or new preparation of that vegetable. It’s always worth it because just eating a bunch of junk never makes me feel great.

    • Elizabeth Benton
      Elizabeth Benton says:

      Love the idea of trying on clothes. Maybe you COULD throw on a cute outfit even when home, even if you’re not going anywhere and the kids are around? I’m with you – casual and comfortable is the norm and easier, but that doesn’t mean you CAN’T put on a cute outfit just because you’re home with the kids. Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Joan Cait
    Joan Cait says:

    Sometimes if I crave a treat like going out for a meal, I’ll get take out instead. Last night ordered a cashew chicken stir fry and mixed it in with my own left over chicken breast and broccoli from the night before. This can be done to modify/clean up many take out foods.., especially if your partner wants them straight out of the container. Sometimes I’ve even scraped topping off of pizza and put it in an omlet, if unwanted pizza comes into the house. Just sayin’.

  5. Tracey
    Tracey says:

    I am really struggling to get my head screwed on straight. I don’t have a strategy and haven’t for a long time. It’s been about 3 years since I have been serious about what I put into my mouth and therefore body. I need to get serious and get my head in the “game.” I feel deprived or feel like I’m missing out if others are eating stuff I “can’t have.” Feeling like a failure for sure. I appreciate this podcasts and I feel motivated and then fall. Not the prettiest answer, but the truth (bad and ugly of it!).

  6. Crystal
    Crystal says:

    Something that helps me is to binge – on television. It’s still an indulgence and it can satisfy that itch – because often for me, it’s not about the food it’s about feeling like I have to try SO HARD all of the time. I will get in my comfy clothes and snuggle up in bed and watch shows back to back. I like to go back and do this with old favorites like Parks and Rec or Seinfeld.

    Another thing I have been doing that works for me – I have a set budget of “fun money” that I can spend through the week. I have found it is way easier to avoid buying junk food or fast food because I would rather save my money so I can get my nails done, try out some new makeup, go to a fancy dinner with friends or get a new piece of clothing instead of blowing my $ on chips and cookies and ice cream. 🙂

  7. Leslie
    Leslie says:

    I feel better about myself when I know I look nice. Normally I just wear my big t-shirts and baggy jeans and then wonder why I don’t can’t make great food choices. I’ll usually go out and find a nice, stylish new outfit that fits me properly and where it like 2x’s a week for a month. Whenever I put it on, I look in the mirror and feel great about the way I look. That morning motivation is enough to make me feel good all day and thus influence better food choices. I look great, I feel great, so I can eat great! When I look like “frump-zilla” I feel like “frump-zilla” and “Frump-zilla” loves chocolate, potato chips and pizza in front of the tv…

  8. Jennifer
    Jennifer says:

    After meals I always want something sweet, especially if I ate something spicy. I have found that if I go brush my teeth, then nothing sounds good anymore 🙂 If I’m away from home, I’ll chew minty gum.


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