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The Power of Will vs. the Power of Won't


Anytime I attend a gathering with a buffet, one thing stands out big time: No one really wants to walk away from the buffet without their "food fix". What do I mean? Unless it's food set out for health and fitness professionals at a seminar, most of the food fare is highly addictive. "I just can't pass up those cookies! They were calling my name!" When I ask the person what they mean, what they say amounts to, "I have no WILL power." Do you find yourself saying, "It is what it is"? Don't have "will power"? Think again.

My long time readers and clients know my contrast of the WILL power and WON'T power.  Here are common contrasts to consider:

WILL Power
WON'T Power

I WILL walk away from the food table.
I WON'T walk away from the table because I really want that food.
I WILL go to the gym to work out today.
I WON'T go to the gym because I don't like to exercise.
I WILL take charge of my own health because I care about myself and my family.

I WON'T take charge of my own health because there is no urgency to do so.



Do these sound familiar? Do you have some of your own unique ones?  If so, take heart because you are not alone.

Change your WON'T power into WILL power by changing your mindset. If you understand most foods you crave or struggle to leave alone are addictions, you will be ahead of the game. Addictions are technically neither good nor bad.  It is part of how we adapt. However, A bad addiction is destructive. In the case of food, you have unknowingly made your body depend on the "high" you get from that food, i.e. comfort, endorphin rush, stress reduction. It's destructive because it adversely affects your health. Begin making this statement:" I WILL eat the healthy food because I want my body to be healthy. I WON'T trash my body anymore."  Repeat these two statements anytime you are tempted to indulge in foods you struggle to leave alone. You can do this with exercise, too. If you do this, you will begin to see small victories.

Make yourself accountable to someone you trust who will keep you honest with yourself. Your spouse or significant other usually is the wrong person because the close relationship you have with him or her. This partner in health can be a friend, a personal trainer, or exercise instructor.You are more likely to listen to them.

Track your progress. An array of fitness apps are available; you can pick and choose what you use, but pick one. I like Spark People and My Fitness Pal. You will want one that will track your food intake, calories spent in exercise, weight, body fat, and lean muscle mass.  If your go-to app is missing one of these, write it down on a piece of paper or put it into your Notes app. Do this daily. Check your weekly progress to see your trends. Celebrate your victories with something that won't sabotage your hard work.
 
Give your struggle over to God. The Apostle Paul talks about this in Romans 7:15-25. There is such a struggle with those things that are bad for us, getting between us and God. When we allow ourselves to indulge in food that isn't good for us or overeat, it damages and enslaves us. This is the sin of gluttony. But praise to our Lord Jesus Christ because He has the power to free us from the bondage in which we find ourselves! Give your struggle over to God. Ask for Him to lead you away from temptation. Ask Him to lead you to live a healthy, active lifestyle.

Use your WON'T power and your WILL power gives you power over what's been controlling you.

May God bless you!



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