One who stays focused on the beautiful,
is unrestrained with the senses,
knowing no moderation in food,
Mara overcomes him
as the wind, a weak tree.
One who stays focused on the foul,
is restrained with regard to the senses,
knowing moderation in food,
full of conviction & energy:
Mara does not overcome him
as the wind, a mountain of rock.
-Dhammapada, 1, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
Boy, this one really speaks to me. I am down to 216 even today and feeling very sure of myself. I know I will lose the weight and really don't feel any threats to my goal. I am still plaqued by arthritis pain but I think I am getting some relief since I added Tai Chi. I just have problems with the more aggressive exercise and have to admit to myself I am getting older. I can feel my muscles getting stronger. My back feels firm instead of doughy. I love it. I have more energy at work, which I need since we have been so busy. I had chicken fajitas tonight. Love them.