Tag Archives: willpower

The real food pushers are in your head

One of the things I heard recently while visiting an African-American church to learn more about its healthy cooking class has really stuck with me.  Bishop Crystal Bush, senior pastor at New Zion Tabernacle, had asked members to find the … Continue reading

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Holiday food log 17-18: Willpower strategy for cookie decorating

When I asked my dad what it was like physically handling large amounts of cash as a banker – decades ago he would actually ride a bike down to the post office to pick up an $80,000 shipment from the … Continue reading

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Eliminating vacation munching

I’m not one to simply relax on vacation. On this trip, in addition to getting in some good hikes, I wanted to work on something I’ve never been able to master: Not eating between meals. During past family vacations that’s … Continue reading

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Dietary discipline pays off for 89-year-old

I’ve written before about how much I’ve been inspired by my Great Aunt Jokie’s dietary discipline. At 89, she still eats as if her quality of life depends on the choices she makes, and it does. As a Type 2 … Continue reading

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A sentimental gym visit

The Bluffton City Gym has a deal where you can get a key for the last two months of the year for $28, or $14 a month. It’s kind of ridiculous for us to get one when we already have … Continue reading

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Garlic rolls (with bonus cinnamon roll recipe)

These garlic rolls were a big hit when we hosted last week’s pasta dinner for Ben’s cross country team. This was basically the same recipe as the cinnamon rolls he took to a 6 a.m. practice the week before — … Continue reading

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Willpower analogy No. 37

There are people who exert willpower by sheer force. I am not one of those people. Not eating is hard. I can decide to avoid eating something one minute, but there’s still 59 minutes left in that hour where I … Continue reading

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Willpower by any other name …

… Is much more effective, in my opinion. See, I have a lifelong tendency to think that willpower is something other people can master, but not me. I do better when I come up with a more specific — and … Continue reading

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The telescopic view on willpower

Lately I’ve been working on what I like to think of as my “long view lens.” It’s a mental tool — a “visualization” in self-help speak — and basically it’s an imaginary lens that I slide into an imaginary slot … Continue reading

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Integrating willpower you didn’t know you had

Most people think of willpower as a defense mechanism. A force you tap into to avoid eating cake or pizza or chips. I‘ve written before about the speed and intensity with which my sister wrestles the pot in which she … Continue reading

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