I have the willpower of a gnat.
(Well, now that I've said that, I really have no idea how much willpower a gnat has, and it could possibly be offensive to this poor, defenseless creature who might, very possibly, have more willpower than I do. For the sake of literary license, let's just assume that a gnat has no willpower at all, okay?)
I can have all of the best intentions, I can be dedicated and motivated... but damnit, if I'm hungry and food's in the house, I'm going to eat it, regardless of whether it's healthy and on my diet plan.
This is especially true after a long day of work when the last thing I want to do is cook a decent meal when it would be much simpler to just grab the Off-Brand-Eggo in the freezer and throw it in the toaster.
So, to save me from myself, what I really need to do is a cupboard cleanout. If I shouldn't be eating it, it shouldn't be in the house. But, this gets especially complicated since I don't live alone - I have a roommate who is sure to protest her good snacks disappearing.
I hear similar stories when talking to my friends who are trying to get healthy. Unfortunately, we don't live in bubbles, and our eating habits are greatly influenced by the roommate, spouse, children, and friends who aren't on the same path we are. Suddenly, there are two meals to cook, (and didn't I just say that I barely have enough time to cook one?), two shopping lists to fulfill, and cupboards and fridges full of the not-so-healthy food that everyone else enjoys.
Not to mention how much of our social lives revolve around food. We join our friends for lunch, for coffee, for beer, etc. What's the most popular dating activity? Dinner and a movie. Temptation for the bad stuff is absolutely everywhere, and no one wants to be the girl in the corner of the room with a plate of veggies while everyone else is downing the cookies and eggnog.
What are some strategies that have worked for you when faced with temptation all around?