by Kris Pitcher
A tropical place is a dream for a lot of people. The slowly swaying palm trees, the gently lapping waves...there's a lot of romance that goes along with it.
The way we spend time in a tropical climate might be a little different from the story book romance. We live there. I shop groceries there, cook there and clean there. And like any romance, when you live it, you see the real deal.
Dieting or contest prep is a little bit the same. The end result looks very romantic, easy even. But living it is the real deal.
In a tropical climate you can do everything right and have the best of extermination habits, and you are going to have ants. You do things differently than at home with food storage, food prep and clean up. Even when you, "leave no trace" those tiny ants are going to make their way into your kitchen.
They always do. The point is you have to learn to live with the distractions which are inevitable during dieting. They will come despite your best efforts. You can't exterminate them from your life.
The ants are going to cross your path and you need to be able to live with them, around them, without allowing them to make you completely crazy. You'll ask yourself, "What more can I do to make them go away?!"
The answer is nothing. You need to live with them. To be a successful dieter you need to live with constant distraction. You need to be able to think around the trail of ants. They were there long before you and will be there long after.
The distractions and challenges are the reality of living inside the storybook...where the romance is what we make it. It is entirely possible to be successful dieter if you can grasp the concept of living with ants.