Got Self Control? Try The Marshmallow Test


Are some individuals born with more self control than others? Can you increase your self control? As a fitness professional, I often hear lack of self control as a cause for weight gain, lack of physical activity and overall poor health.   I can certainly understand the challenges of maintaining a healthy lifestyle in the era of super size & the dollar menu.  I have my own struggles with self control when it comes to curbing my sweet tooth from time to time.

Recently I was intrigued and curious to learn more about the concept of self control when a client of mine recommended The Marshmallow Test, a book written by Walter Mischel.  Dr. Mischel is a psychologist who used marshmallows to test delayed gratification with preschoolers at Stanford University in the 1960’s.  His observations were  interesting, amusing and quite revealing.  I couldn’t wait to downloaded the book from Audible. I even suggested the book to my business partner who thought it would be great idea to feature a review of the book on her upcoming podcast.

The next few weeks I spent listening to The Marshmallow Test in the car on the road in  between training sessions with clients. The Marshmallow Test is a great book for anyone who in interested in learning how our brain works with relation to our emotions. I had a great time co hosting and sharing my thoughts with top notch wellness professional, Hannah Mc Minn.  Check out our full review of The Marshmallow Test on “The More Than Mom Show” podcast on iTunes.



Susie Quintana
Susie Quintana
Susie Quintana, MPH, CPT has been in the health & fitness industry for over 20 years. She is the owner & operator of Q Movements, LLC which provides personalized individual, small group and corporate training services in person & virtually. She is a ACE Certified Personal Trainer as well as a Biomechanics Method Corrective Exercise Specialist & Orthopedic Exercise Specialist. Susie’s coaching is based on creating a custom plan for her clients fitness needs & goals through cardiovascular, strength, flexibility and balance training. She is a native of San Antonio, Texas. She graduated from Baylor University and earned a Master’s degree in Public Health with an emphasis in Community Health from the University of North Texas Health Science Center @ Fort Worth. As a health & fitness professional, Susie strives to empowering her clients with knowledge, support, resources and guidance to assist and inspire them to enhance their quality of life through movement.

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