Will power noun: control of one’s impulses and actions; self-control.
As I grew through my fitness journey I began to loathe the word “will power” and I resented anyone that used it. “Will Power” has just became another word to make certain people feel supernatural. It gives this illusion that if you pick a subway sandwich over a salad then you lack will power. If you lack will power then you must be weak and just suck at life.
According to the #fitspos of the Instaworld having “will power” means that you will go to the gym despite the hurricane running rampant or being sick in bed with the West Nile Virus. God forbid, you turn into a human being and for whatever reason allow your emotions or lack of energy decide your actions for the day. That human being clearly has no will power and he/she should continue to stalk the #fitpsos that make it seem impossible to obtain a fitness goal.
Fuckin #fitspos…they ruin everything.
As far as I am concerned “will power” doesn’t exist.
Someone who is struggling with an addiction doesn’t relapse due to the lack of will power.
Someone with an eating disorder doesn’t starve, binge and purge due to lack of will power.
Someone with trichotillomania doesn’t pull their hair out due to lack of will power.
Believe it or not, there are things in this world that trump “will power” at any given moment and making a decision to skip your cardio or eat something that is not on your healthy plan doesn’t mean you are a failure. What you don’t realize is that a lot of those #fitspos post things from previous days/months. They aren’t ripped 24/7 and maybe they do go to the gym as often as they make it seem, but do they have the life balance that you want?
Stop comparing yourself to others or deeming yourself a failure because your “will power” doesn’t match Booty Shorts Barbie and her fabulous filtered glutes; Your journey is your journey and you determine your lifestyle. Your goals are your goals and you define your will power not #Fitspos or even dictionary.