Today's Weigh-In: 225.4
5-day Average: 224.88
Well I seem to be squarely in the 225 range, which is okay. I was kind of discouraged at this, until I looked at my 5 day average a week ago, which was 227.07, so I'm actually down 2 pounds. I'm trying to shake the need for instant gratification, but it's so ingrained in us through media and culture that it's very hard to drown completely. That's the reason the diet industry is a multi-billion dollar venture, and America is still getting fatter. Everyone wants it now, but they don't want to work for it, which is like asking for all your groceries in one bag, but demanding that the bag not be heavy :-)
I've found that the people who have been successful, not only in losing weight, but in other ventures, are the people who are willing to put in the hard work and take the time to see the results. America used to be the land of hard work, industry, and pulling oneself up by the bootstraps. Now that sense of enterprise and pride in a job well done has been replaced with one of entitlement, laziness, and vanity. Scientists and social commentators bemoan the state of Americans with regards to obesity, and politicians and advocacy groups attempt to make policy changes to reduce the obesity rate, but it's done little good, because the sense of entitlement dooms it to failure. We need a cultural shift that will instill work ethic and determination in individuals, not this post-modern claptrap we've all grown up with. Unfortunately, I don't know how this will be accomplished, and we may be doomed to our fate already. The American dream may be dead to most, but not to me. I will live my life with my head held high, doing what I know must be done even though it is difficult.
Sorry for the rant, but it's something I wanted to get off my chest.