deny (oneself)

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deny (oneself)

To deprive oneself (of something). I'm denying myself desserts right now, while I'm on this diet. Learning to deny yourself is an integral part of Lent.
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Have I been toiling so many years, denying myself even the conveniences of life, to provide some little sustenance for them, to lose one or both in such a manner?" "Indeed, madam," said Jones, with tears in his eyes, "I pity you from my soul."--"O!
I had saved enough to buy it after denying myself so many things for months.
No way in hell I'm denying myself anything, for a very long time, after this much pain.
I am still eating with intention while not denying myself simple pleasures or enslaving myself to rigid concepts about what is and isn't "healthy."
He argued that I was denying myself 'freedom of choice'; after all he had four televisions at home!
Over a year of prep, 6 months of training, and countless hrs of denying myself pleasure, aka donuts, has led to this moment: Day 1.
I don't fed that I'm denying myself the foods I enjoy--instead, I'm eating everything but in smaller amounts, and when it comes to desserts and sweets, often a taste is enough.
"I'm in love with you, and I'm not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things."
"I live in a place where I can do beautiful walks and I was denying myself the chance to do that.
I don't know about you, but nothing makes me more ill-tempered than denying myself food.
"Thanks Scottish Slimmers' Positive Eating Plan and my class manager, I realised successful weight loss wasn't about denying myself my favourite foods, but about making healthy choices and having a wee bit of what I fancied every now and again."
Talking of cake, I found that mentally this has been the easiest diet goal I've ever met, because rather than denying myself, I was simply trying to eat more of the healthy stuff.
She added: "I don't believe in denying myself anything.
I was excited about getting back on two-wheels as I felt I had been denying myself an extra bit of happiness in my life."