Predict times of weakness
Whenever I give up sweets–usually every year for Lent–I know which hour is going to be hardest. Between three and four in the afternoon. My blood sugar drops and I want nothing more than processed sugar. For awhile, then, I was replacing my sweet treat with roasted almonds…not nearly as good, but also not as toxic to my mood. When I gave up smoking and then when I gave up smoking again, and then when I gave up smoking the last time, I identified the weak points throughout the day: with my coffee in the morning, after my coffee in the morning, after my shower in the morning … okay you get the point. If you can be prepared for potential temptations in the near future, you have a much better chance of using your will power to overcome the challenge.