PHILOSOPHY AND GOALS ABOUT WEIGHT LOSS 1
Learning autobiography: philosophy and goals about weight loss
A healthy life is one thing that every human being wants and workshard towards achieving. In the modern society, one of the barriersto leading a healthy life is obesity. Almost 30% of the worldpopulation is either obese or overweight. The highest percentage ofthese people live in the United States. As a solution to obesity, itis important for people to have a plan for shedding the extra weighthat makes happy living a mirage. Losing weight needs a person tohave a personal philosophy, which they are expected to ensure that itworks for them. The mission for losing weight involves establishing ahealthy habit by promoting optimal nutrition, balanced weight andwell-measured physical activity (Vincent et al., 2012). However,while on the road to achieve this, there are some challenges andobstacles that are faced, which may make losing weight a weightymatter.
At this point in my life, I believe that there should be nothing thatshould be interfering with my healthy living. Once, I made someblunders which perhaps made me have some health problems. I sincetook it to be a personal challenge to identify these mistakes andcorrect them accordingly. This is what has made me believe thatliving to my full potential is a must achievement, and that I mustunderstand this to be a personal challenge. I realize that much of myfuture happiness is dependent on personal fitness. As such, keepingmy weight in check is an empowerment to successfully build a solidfoundation for my future healthy living. Therefore, establishing aset of healthy habits helps to ensure that I become my own rolemodel. Personally, I believe that the greatest motivator for one’sgoal achievement is the person themselves, and that there is no needto be kept under constant surveillance by external persons.
Fora healthy living, Vincent et al. (2012) say that the biggestchallenge about weight loss is maintaining a certain weight. Mypersonal philosophy for weight loss is weight maintenance. Thisallows me to lose weight naturally by maintaining current weight as Iage. As I am still developing, I have to take advantage of the factthat there will be no need for me to cut calories if I maintenance aconstant program. Given that I have already begun losing the excessweight, I will not have to feel deprived if I maintain a certainweight limit. Additionally, given that the future period of bodygrowth will require excess calories, my philosophy for weightmaintenance seems a realistic and achievable endeavor. This willgenerally substitute weight loss and dieting with optimization andhealthy living.
According to Larsen et al. (2010), setting short term and long termgoals for any endeavor is one way of ensuring that someone staysfocused on the eventual results. One of my short term weight lossgoals are to lose at least 4-8% of my current weight. According topersonal reflections and projections, the most reasonable timelinefor this is 6 months. During this period, I expect to have andmaintain a moderate caloric deficit and weight loss of about 3 lb perfortnight. Given that my career path involves a considerable amountof field work, losing this weight would help me deliver my careerobjectives and be productive. Secondly, I aim to ensure that I createa diet which will be followed to the letter. It is a trial for mostindividuals to come up with a certain diet and follow it to theletter. As such, I expect to make the minimum possible changes to thedetails as possible.
According to Larsen et al. (2010), when someone lacks a schedule,they get in a comfort zone and feel independent in the way that theyfeel. This is definitely not healthy for weight loss and weightmaintenance. As such, in the next two months or so, I need to developa schedule for physical exercise. One of the most common schedule forthis is visiting the gym. The first element on the list isidentifying a gym which is I will be most comfortable with. This gymwill most preferably be near my place of work, where I will be goingdirectly after leaving work. Getting used to this habit will help mekeep a healthy living, which I will adapt into the future.
Maintaining an equilibrium weight is one of my long term weight lossgoals. Villareal et al. (2011) identify maintaining weight as one ofthe most important goals for individuals who are on a weight lossjourney. This goal will have to continue indefinitely, as going backto gaining the weight that I would have already lost would be a wasteof effort and resources. In the long term, if I will not be wishingto shed more weight, preventing gaining any more weight would be thebest move. Additionally, I plan to stick to a strict dietary plan inthe future, and not allow any elements to interfere with the same.
From my projections, one of the most likely challenges that I mayface is stress. According to Christensen et al. (2011), it is normalfor everyone to feel stressed at some point in their lives. Researchhas indicated that people on a weight loss mission are likely to beprone to stress as they try to balance out work demands and otherdaily commitments. Additionally, family ties and social ties arelikely sources of stress as someone tries to adapt to weight lossprograms. As for my case, I project that work commitment and familyties are the most likely sources for stress which I may have to dealswith.
There are a number of solutions which have been recommended bypsychologists for dealing with such stress. One of these is physicaltherapies, which include standardized physical exercise such as yoga(Christensen et al., 2010). A more easy solution to the stress Itaking small walks outside, which help the body to release tensionsand blood circulate more efficiently. As such, the stress causinghormones are naturally expelled from the system. It has also beensuggested by experts that massage therapy is a very efficient stressreliever.
Thesecond challenge that I forecast will be adapting to a new system ofliving, specifically diet and gym attendance. According to research,34% of people who are getting to practice a new diet often end up notfollowing the details to the letter. (Villareal et al., 2011). Thisis because of some factors such as cravings, not being satisfied withthe nutrition from the customized diet and finding it hard to keep tothe routine. This is the reason that several people who are trying tomaintain a certain diet get to change it every now and again. Prior,I had tried about two times to stick to a customized diet. However, Ifound it almost impossible to follow it to the letter. I plan totackle this obstacle by consulting a diet specialist regardingbuilding and following a diet to the letter. Additionally, in theshort term period, I plan to try out about two or three diets beforedeciding on the most suitable one.
Iplan to use the support of a number of expert in the area of weightloss and weight maintenance. There are a number of weight lossspecialists in Ottawa who offer professional advice on a regularbasis. More specifically, I intend to join a local weight losssupport group for social sessions. Vincent et al. (2012) say thatsuch groups are crucial for support and mutual benefit amongstparticipants. Additionally, I plan to develop a no-give-up attitudetowards this endeavor. Most people on the mission to lose weightoften fail because of “loser” attitudes, which are often duet tofailure to face the obstacles and challenge them back.
Every person has an ambition of leading a healthy life. As such,effort is put into ensuring that the lifestyle someone leads is freeof factors which may bring disease or discomfort. Losing weight isone of the foundation of healthy living. In doing so, I have apersonal set of philosophy which will guide me through the way. Mycore philosophy is that nothing should interfere with my healthyliving, be it exercise related or such. I have to ensure that I liveto the full potential of my life, and take it as a personalchallenge. Additionally, I have a philosophy of being my own mentorand motivator. My short term goals for weight loss are losing 4-8% ofmy current weight and adapting a diet. My long term goals aremaintain a certain weight limit and staying true to a physicalroutine and diet. Some of the challenges expected are stress andsupport. As such, I resolve to take physical therapies to reduce thestress and seek professional advice for support.
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