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#140: Resisting Temptation

Monday, November 16, 2009

Many years ago, during Army training, I attended a class on prisoner of war conduct. This was during the Vietnam conflict and becoming a POW was a likely possibility. After the instructor told of many of the torture techniques used by the opposing military, all of them more devious than Edgar Allen Poe's pendulum in his short story, The Pit and the Pendulum, he pointed out an eye-opening perspective.

"No matter what hardship you undergo, when you feel like giving up, ask yourself if you can hold out for ONE MORE SECOND. If so, then you haven't held out as long as you could have."

I put on my profile page that second by second, minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day, anything can be overcome.

This has come to mind recently as I feel I'm turning the corner on giving in to eating urges, especially when I know it's an emotional hunger and not a physical one.

I've been asking myself in these situations if I can wait ONE MORE SECOND, maybe ONE MORE MINUTE. Usually the answer is, "Yes." Often, lately, I'm waiting and waiting and many times have forged past the point where I feel hungry. During these times I try to stay busy cleaning house, working or simply going outside away from the kitchen for a few minutes. Sometimes I'll call a friend to talk a while to talk my mind off of food.

It's getting better to ward off the hunger pangs and the scale has begun to move, ever so slightly downward a bit.

Perhaps this method can work for you, too. The next time a "hunger" pang hits, ask if you can hold off eating for one more second, then one more minute. Clean something. Talk on the phone. Get outside for a while.

Remember, second by second, minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day, anything can be overcome.

Best of success to you.

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  • no profile photo CD3872418
    Great blog, Lou! :) You're absolutely right. More often than not the mental hunger goes away if you just wait it out. Thank you for the reminder!
    4123 days ago
  • MOGAL1946
    Great Blog! This little verse will stick with me all day long! emoticon
    4123 days ago
    Second by second, Thank you.
    4123 days ago
    What an amazing blog, Lou! Thank you so much! You have such a talent with writing; your words always minister to the needs at hand.

    God Bless You;
    4123 days ago
    Believe it or not, I was just thinking about how I could better handle these situations. Thanks for the suggestion!
    4123 days ago
  • VXWALL1942
    How inspiring...and you have reminded me of the simple answers I've always had, but frequently forget to use. Now I've got a handle - "just one more second"

    God be with you and yours

    vicki emoticon
    4123 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4114015
    Oh, Lou! AGAIN, thank you...as I am so sure so many others will...I feel like you wrote this specifically to me! I believe the Lord speaks to me so often through your blogs. I will be keeping this close at hand and asking myself about ONE MORE SECOND!

    I do so love reading your blogs everyday. emoticon
    4123 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    You are so right. Food is a Priority but not when we just want to eat because we want to eat.

    YOu've got a good mindset and it will get you through this.

    I hope you had a emoticon Monday!

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    4123 days ago
    Thank you so much for your blog. Your words hit a chord and I'm going to use them to help me get through my cravings. "One More Second" is going to be a good mantra. Thank you again.
    4123 days ago
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