Day 259 (F, 110916) — Temptation: A Beginner’s Guide; UPs Workout Day 3

Last Night. . . was my niece’s birthday.  She had a really, really good, cherry-covered, homemade cheesecake.

Of course, knowing that I am an abstainer rather than a moderator, I refused to have even a bite.

Yeah.  Right.

I had a small piece, telling myself that THIS time, I could handle it.  That small piece turned into another.  Which, of course, led to several extra BLTs.  And then a piece or two of chocolate when I got home.  It was not a full-on Free Meal but it was more than I should have had.

Since I am such an expert at it, today I’ve decided to teach you all how to Create Temptation

(What?  You thought I was going to talk about avoiding it?  Where’s the fun in that? ;-))

Finding Temptation. You should actively look for it. Don’t wait and hope it comes your way.  Temptation can be found darn near anywhere if you’ll just put some effort into it.

  • For example, use Google to search for yummy foods you can make like Easy Cheese Danish or Stuffed Pork Tenderloin Diablo.
  • Using Google Maps to find nearby ice cream or doughnut shops is also a good idea.
  • Engage your friends and coworkers in your quest: simply tell them you are on a diet.  You’ll be amazed at how many off-limits foods they will offer you: the Friday morning bagels or doughnuts; the birthday cake (see below for an advanced technique); the end of the day pizza with beer and frozen margaritas; etc. etc. etc. ad infinitum.
  • Go around the office asking if anyone’s birthday is coming up so you can volunteer to buy the cake.  That way you can make sure it’s your favorite kind.

The possibilities are endless and your friends, coworkers, and family often seem to view it as a challenge to see just how many “bad foods” they can offer you and then say, “Oh, I’m sorry.  I forgot you are trying to lose weight [and make me look bad by comparison].”

Avoid Avoidance.  How can you successfully give in to temptation if you hide from it?

  • No more skipping the office lunch out each month.
  • No more drinking your seven cups of morning coffee black.
  • No more looking at the restaurant menu online before you go to figure out what foods they have which fit into the plan.  It’s much more fun to get past the flustered “they’re rushing me and I can’t find a good thing to eat” feeling and just surrender yourself to “fuckit . . . Imma nom me sum hunnybuns anna milkshake!
  • No more not even stopping at Starbucks (for fear that you’ll order that creamy, delicious all-whipped-topping-and-sugar double-caramel triple-chocolate trenta sugar-cino.)
  • No more making a list of things to buy at the store and only buying those things.  Head down that snacks aisle!  Go straight to the ice cream part of freezer section!  Do it!  And remember: the five gallon buckets cost less per ounce!
  • No more cleaning out your pantry, fridge, and freezer of unwanted (really? unwanted? bull!) foods like PopTarts and Twinkies. . . and then filling it back up with healthy foods.

So just stop with the stopping already: temptation’s not gonna find itself.



Exercise. Today is Day 3 of my UPs (push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups, and squats) workout plan.

Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
Set 4
Set 5
28 (28+)
15 (15+)
44 (40+)
(#) = seconds rest between sets: 120 for push-ups this round; 60 for sit-ups/squats; 30-60 for pull-ups
For pull-ups: A = assisted, N = negative, NM = negative/max hang


Plan for Week 37.

Day Fast? SCD? Run/Exer?
Sunday No Yes No
Monday Yes* Yes Yes
Tuesday Yes Yes No** No
Wednesday Yes Yes Yes
Thursday Yes Yes No*** No
Friday Yes Yes Yes
Saturday No No Yes
Red = a negative deviation | Green = a positive deviation | Blue = a note


The full sugar version of my delicious low-carb cheesecake complete with graham cracker crust.
* I accidentally had some Suisse Mocha Café. Woops.
** Chili’s Dry Rub suckered me. =/
*** It was the Cheesecake of Doom’s fault.  Not mine.  Really.  I’m innocent in all of this.

4 responses to “Day 259 (F, 110916) — Temptation: A Beginner’s Guide; UPs Workout Day 3

  1. You forgot the, “Let me just bring this incredible pastry over to your house. It has to sit on the counter rising and smelling good for 8 hours until you bake it yourself, at which point it will smell REALLY good. Sorry I’ll be gone and won’t eat any of it or take the leftovers home.”

    • Well . . . at least I managed to only nibble on THAT one a little. 😉

      . . . Mostly because I know I have that four-inch “slice” of it in the fridge ready for tomorrow. =)

  2. So let’s say a brother wants to make the full sugar version of the cheesecake so as not to avoid temptation…how much sugar would that involve?

    Ps, the nut crust sounds WAY better than the graham cracker crust. 🙂


    • Replace all the artificial sweeteners with 2 cups of sugar and you’re good to go, bro. =)

      And yeas, it IS the best cheesecake recipe on the planet. Thick and heavy and creamy and delicious.

      Enjoy! =)

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