This week my wife surprised me with a birthday outing. A meal at one of my favourite steak houses, Hawksmoor.
The service and ambiance only bettered by the steak they serve. Delectable enough to convert any vegan.
We arrived and were seated at our table. The server asked if we would like menus with calories or without.
This was all new to me as I hadn’t dined out since the new governance on calories being displayed on menus had come in.
On being handed my menu curiosity hit me. I asked the server –
‘What do you find the percentage of people who ask for menus showing the calories’.
He told me that they record this information, and 95% of people opted for the menu without calories.
I couldn’t say I was surprised. I’m sure if there was an option to opt for a menu without pricing people would opt for that too.
Most people don’t want to know. They want immediate gratification and to hell with the consequences. They’ll be paid for (in a monetary and health sense), in the distant future. Seemingly so far away it doesn’t bear thinking about now.
Scanning over my menu I was astounded over the Bearnaise sauce coming in at 600 kcals!
I say again. A sauce/condiment. 600 calories.
Sauces are definitely something that some wouldn’t even consider being cognisant of when it comes to calories.
This definitely shaped my decision when it came to ordering.
A result of me choosing information over ignorance. And it’s these choices that hold me in good stead.
I would describe the basis of them as; short term pain (restriction) long term gain (health).
The opposite, the immediate gratification choice is why people incur problems. In there unwillingness and not wanting to know they fall foul. They tell themselves they deserve to live a little’ or it’s just this one time.
The reality is it’s not just this one time. There selective memory and ego has them saying this.
And after years and all these ‘just this one times’ the shit hits the fan.
Their doctor informs them that their current predicament warrants medication or surgery.
Now there are some that think with making these changes and imposing restrictions. They can no longer enjoy themselves or they are imprisoning themselves.
When really imposing a little self control and restriction gives you freedom.
Freedom from low energy that stops you achieving what you want.
Freedom from insecurity with your body that holds you back from putting yourself out there.
Freedom from concerns about your health.
Freedom from the lethargy that holds you back from taking action to progress in your life.
Freedom from doing what’s best for you.
Freedom from a poor quality of life.
Freedom from poor health has limited the things you can do or wanted to do in the future.
This lack of discipline which plagues your life is what prevents you from achieving your true potential.
I implore you to top struggling and do something about it.
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