They say, “Where there is a will there is a way.” Volition is a powerful human force that can be one’s path to success or failure. I will to do this or that and it is done – success. That is, unless at some point I say I no longer will to do this or that – failure. I determine to do something until I determine to do something different. Failure, then, is a result of the volition of those who will to fail just as success is a result of those who will to succeed.
So what changes one’s will? Try losing weight and it will become abundantly clear. I sometimes think my body has a will of its own that contends with the will of my mind. I want to lose weight and it wants an afternoon at Panera Bread. I want to be healthy and it wants happy hour at my favorite cigar bar. It is amazing to me how such a noble human initiative to lose weight and improve one’s self can be threatened by something as simple as cheesecake. Seems the toughest part of weight loss is the battle of the wills, not the sacrifice of certain foods or the pain of the work out. I thought I was doing this to get my body in shape. As it turns out, by necessity I am improving my mind.
I am still in a plateau but my will, although wounded, is intact. My scale reads in tenths and yesterday I was 261.8 and this morning I was 261.2 despite the fact I did not work out and had a big dinner. Good always conquers evil.
I am taking it easy this weekend in an attempt to heal. This morning I opted not to go to the rec center in favor of a walk-run around circle in a nearby neighborhood. The temperature outside was in the low 40’s so it was a brisk, motivating event for me. Turns out it takes 30 minutes for me to get around the circle. I jogged for the first eight minutes and power walked for the remainder of the distance. After my push-ups I had grapes, yogurt, and a pear for breakfast. For lunch I had a ground beef patty grilled on the BBQ, fresh onions, and a Roma tomato sliced and seasoned with an Italian garlic pepper grinder, more grapes and water. For dinner, I am going to fight the temptation of all this bad food my family has prepared for the Super Bowl. I will rise above it and overcome. Strong Body, Strong Mind!
End of Day 6