The Tortilla Principle

| By Kevin

I have this thing for tortillas. If all bread disappeared from the planet tomorrow, I’d be okay, but I would have some serious issues if all the tortillas went missing.

For some weird reason, the choice to have one tortilla per day is really important to me. It makes me happy, whether that tortilla is part of a breakfast taco in the morning or a chicken soft taco in the evening.

And without the option to have that one tortilla, (just the option, not even exercising that option), I kind of lose it. Not lose it like weeping in Target while wearing pajama pants in the afternoon and tortilla sadnessbuying unnecessary plastic objects and giant bags of “fun-size” candy. Not that kind. But the cranky, quick-on-the-trigger existence where you’re not really mad but you’re not so much fun to be around either. I think you probably know what I mean. So I refuse to give up tortillas as part of any nutritional plan. It goes on my “I Won’t” list.

And that’s what I want to talk about today: the “I Won’t” list.

See, in society we hear much talk about what you are willing to do to be healthy, how you are willing to achieve your nutritional and exercise goals.

  • I’m going to hit the gym 4 days per week
  • I’m going to hit my protein goal every day
  • I’m getting up an hour earlier each day so I can work out at 6am

That’s all good. We need to identify those qualities, those markers within us, because life consists of a repeated and growing awareness of what we are willing to do and how far we are willing to go.

But there’s something else you need to factor in: your capacity for success is also predicated on what you are not willing to do. What you won’t give up. Where you draw the line at discomfort. Yes, your list of things you won’t do. Examples:

  • I won’t eat vegetables
  • I won’t stop eating cheese
  • I am NOT running
  • Nope. No high intensity exercise
  • I can’t get up at 5:30 am to walk. That’s too early
  • I won’t lift weights because I’ll get “bulky”

It’s important to look at these things because definitive statements are an indicator of our mindset, and, as such, we should take a moment to examine them for clues.

So, right now, take a piece of paper and write at the top: I WON’T … and then fill in 5 lines below with things that you are not willing to do in the pursuit of a healthier body. Just write. Don’t consider your rationale at this point. Just mark your solid points.

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