Okay guys...and gals...what's with the sweets? We have noticed that since Easter, the sweets have been a problem for A LOT of you. We get it...we REALLY get it. They're so delicious and it seems wasteful to throw them out and maybe your co-workers are doing their best to test your resolve by bringing tasty goodies to work every.single.day. It is hard...we'll give you that. But, think back to why you decided to join this challenge. Maybe someone forced you to do it, but most likely, you were looking for a change...a reason to live better. I know you haven't given up on that goal, but you may have momentarily forgot? So, I want you to try something different this week. It's REALLY simple, but it could make a big difference. I want you to change your vocabulary. The next time you are tempted by a mouth-watering indulgence, instead of saying, "I can't have that" or "I shouldn't have that," say, "I don't want to eat that." In four studies published in the August 2012 Journal of Consumer Research, researchers found that the effect of changing your wording when you refuse temptation can make a HUGE differnce in your ability to stick to your decision to walk away. They found that saying, "I can't" leads to a feeling of being deprived or having to go without something you really desire and only works 10% of the time, but saying, "I don't" leaves you feeling empowered and in control of the situation and is effective 80% of the time. That's quite a difference! The other benefit to changing your wording is, it leaves little room for argument. If someone offers you their homemade brownies and you say, "I can't eat those," they will probably attempt to convince you that you CAN eat them and that you DESERVE it just this once. If, however, you say, "I don't eat those" or "I don't want to eat those," there is very little left to say. So, if you're struggling with sweets, give this tip a try. You CAN do this. You are STRONGER than your cravings and YOU are in control of your choices. Let's finish this challenge STRONG by walking away from the extra portions of sweets!
Now, on to what you're really here for...Week 5 Results!!