So you're looking to get yourself all healthy.
Sheer willpower is great for denying temptations like juicy quadruple-bacon burgers, six-gallons-of-ice-cream souflee, and four eight-hour marathons of The Honeymooners in a row. There's no question--you just have to tell life "no" once in a while.
Flipping these temptations the bird becomes much easier over time. It often become a habit or even an instinct--something that you automatically do when faced with such choices.
Sometimes, you're lucky to wind up with some seemingly physiological reactions, too. Sweets become too sweet to you. Burgers taste like crap to you. Big portions wreck your stomach and so you naturally go for the smaller ones. Exercise becomes addicting.
It's all conveniently self-sustaining. Whatever you do becomes natural.
As I've tried to eat healthier, I've kept "self-sustaining systems" in mind. Knowing that these cravings would eventually get minimized on their own made it much more motivating to start.
As of right now, I pretty much can't do fast food. I tried a soda a while back and it felt as though my teeth were melting and my tongue was being attacked by an army of flesh-eating bacteria.
I still have a ways to go. The next phase is to get myself addicted to swimming.
So, does any of this resonate with any of you health freaks? Any similar approaches out there?