There is a goal that I have been trying to achieve since for as long as I have been aware of my body. Sometimes I succeed, most of the time I don’t. I have many goals, they always grow and change along with me while I grow and change, but there is one goal that seems to stay consistent, and I have no doubt that it is one that I will continue to have late into womanhood. I, like many, always want to shed the pounds. Losing weight has been difficult for me, something I assumed would happen observing the women in my family. On the other hand, gaining weight seemed to happen every time I breathed around food.
Get up. Take a good look at yourself in the mirror. Pinch the edges of your belly and compare it to the model that you were just looking at in the magazine while you were in the bathroom. Give yourself a hard time about how you look. Go ahead, eat that ice cream and doughnut. The diet will start tomorrow, so they all say. Keep telling yourself that the diet starts tomorrow but it will actually never start. Download myfitnesspal on your phone, buy a gym membership, go everyday for the first two weeks, tell yourself that you are doing a great job, and never go back. Now you’re back to square one, staring at yourself in the mirror and comparing yourself to the models in the magazine while sittin on a toilet.
According to a survey done by World Health Organization in 2015, about 65% of the Americans are either obese or overweight and 75% live a stressful life. According to Dr. Josh Whitfield, M.D. Santa Barbara, CA ‘’An unhealthy habit is very easy to develop and hard to live with, on the other hand, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is hard to develop but easier to live with.’’ We need to find motivation in our life that just drives us towards a harmonious life and healthy choices. Motivation can be in any form around us, like our children, our lover, a celebrity crush or anyone from the family.
Without telling a lie, since I was 20 years old, I have been dieting. In my childhood, I was a little bit overweight because I consumed a lot of food. Everybody always informed my mom about my weight, but she did not pay attention because she thought that it was normal, and she always answered: "Oh she is a child she cannot be on a diet." In my adolescence when I first started menstruating, I lost a lot of pounds. When I was in high school, I was pretty stable in my weight, but in college, that is where the real problem started. I had no control of my eating habits, and I ate regularly. In the morning, I used to take a full breakfast, and within two hours I have consumed a snack. As a result, I gained a bunch of extra pounds. One day I was checking my weight, and I was surprised to find that I weighed 153 pounds, but these did not motivate me to start exercising or eating healthy meals. We had our summer vacation, and when I came back to school, one of my classmates asked, “What I was doing during this time because I was looking like a pig.” I was shocked, because I could not imagine how fat I was. Since that time I started eating balanced diet food and exercising. My aim of making this drastic change was not to have the ideal measurements that everyone dreams of, but to control my diabetes disease and improve health. After exercising on a daily basis, I lost 28 pounds.
I really need to get back my energy and be a healthy person. I have to change my bad eating habit, and I know I can change this habit while I believe it. In “The Golden Rule of Habit” Charles Duhigg talked about the habit loop and how to change a habit; he said the habit can be changed, but people must believe that the change is possible and find an alternative routine (92). For example, he said if you want to quit smoking, figure out a different routine that will satisfy the cravings filled by cigarettes, and find group of people or someone was a former smoker who can help you to stay away of nicotine by giving you ideas like what to do instead of smoking to have the same reward (92). For me, eating sweets and unhealthy for every day make me feel happy, but in the same time thy make me get fat, and don’t have energy. So, I agree with Duhigg that I can create a healthy pattern of behavior by changing my routine which is my
I tried every possible means to lose weight. Most of the times I did succeed to lose some weight, which made me happy and sometimes proud. But … alas! What I used to lose was gained again every time with a little more for a bonus!! … I felt depressed, ashamed of my appearance, and afraid of what might happen to my health in future. During these trial
I have been diagnosed with hyperlipidemia and hypertension recently. Even though I seriously need to regulate my diet, I keep getting tempted by my id to go to McDonald’s immediately and get a burger with fries to satisfy my hunger and appetite every night. One day, I could not resist this urge to get a heavy and greasy burger, so I went to McDonald’s and did binge eating. Then, my superego made me feel guilty and worthless because I was supposed to follow a diet low in processed foods and to lose weights, but I failed to do so. Thus, for a couple of days, I did not eat anything but water and tofu. Afterwards, my ego started seeking the middle ground to satisfy my id’s urges in a realistic way and not to feel worse about myself. Also, I tried
If you have tried dieting, you know that all diets don’t work for everyone. Someone may rave that it’s the best diet ever, and it really does work, it may for them, but not for you. The reason you are unsuccessful with your diet is because you haven’t yet found the one diet that’s meant only for you. Success for a believer is similar to going on a diet, you have to try the one that’s meant only for you.
Exercising at least 150 to 300 minutes per week will help burn off the extra calories, and fight off excess weight. Eat meals that are low-calorie and nutrient-dense, which are foods high in unsaturated fats, low in saturated fats, and high in vitimins & minerals. Limiting junk food to once in a while, but don’t eliminate them because if you ban junk food from your diet entirely then it will become even more difficult to ignore those
In my opinion I think people should set small goals first, and work towards those, while they still have the one for weight loss, but in order to keep the motivation there, work on small things that would help you lose weight and focus on goals that can be accomplished in your set amount of time. Everyone’s appearance is important to them. Being active can help make a person’s life better without even realizing it, because it increases blood flow to our muscles, strengthens the heart and lungs, and teaches the heart to work more effectively. You can start looking forward to exercising with these things, keep it simple by just walking, jogging or going to the gym for a little bit, be patient by allowing yourself to make exercising a habit, focus on your body by exercising regularly and stop focussing on calories in things, stop and smell the roses if you are working out outside by walking or doing a jog around town, mix it up by doing different activities that increase your heart rate, appreciate your body because you never know when you can get an injury after you start working out and learning how to maintain a good workout. It is going to take time to change the way you think about things, because you have done what you are used to doing for so long, that it requires time to accept
People 's decisions are influenced by their low self-confidence and their appearance due to society 's obsession with appearance, an effect that society must reverse by educating about the risks and preventions of obesity while encouraging a healthy lifestyle. In some cases, when these "perfect " appearances can not be upheld the person turns to "moping in front of the mirror, endless exercise, and unhappy feelings"(Source D). In today 's narcissist society, appearance is King and internal beauty is mixed in the shuffle. These levels of importance is the reason the overweight and obese have low confidence, and in turn for them to want to be secluded, and this can create new mental issues. They seem to turn back to food,
Psychological research on attempts to lose weight have led to the derivation of notions such as set-point theory, the externality hypothesis and the restrained eating hypothesis, each of which imply that not only are most of these attempts detrimental to ones health, but are also rather futile and may even result in the opposite of the desired effects occurring.
Weight loss is extremely difficult for most people, but why is that the case? According to a recent survey conducted by annecollins.com, the main reason why people have issues with dieting seems to be motivation. Those who fail to lose weight often have less self-control, hunger issues, and difficulties getting through those rough days. However, Anne Collins offers some guidance on how you can rid yourself of these issues and truly reap the benefits of your diet.
Flipping through the latest “Seventeen” magazine, my eyes centralize solely on the teenage models posing in tight fitting clothes with the headline saying, “How to Look Hot”. I carefully read the tips on diets and fitness routines that could help me lose weight. My intent was to appear as skinny as the girls in the magazine. If I did not look like them, I would not be attractive. I mentally prompt myself to stay clear of carbs and to eat three meals a day with only snacks less than a hundred calories. While glancing at my scale in the corner of my room that I stole from my parents, I reminded myself that I recently gained two pounds in the last twelve hours. Interrupting my train of thought, my mom asked me if I wanted any ice cream. I quickly declined to remember that I had already fulfilled my nine hundred calories and returned back to my magazine. After finishing my magazine and intricately noting all of the tips, I slid into bed hoping that in three years, when I turn seventeen, I would look like the models do in the magazine. Unknowingly, I was being brainwashed into thinking my normal body was obese, which resulted in my dangerous attempts to try to be accepted into society.
My aunt, who has had 3 children over the course of 4 years, struggles with her weight. The largest factor contributing to her excess body weight is the kids. The children are very young and demand an overwhelming amount of her time as a stay at home mother. Carrying 3 children takes a great toll on one’s body, and she has little time to recover from the last child before carrying the next. A seemingly continuous state of pregnancy results in reduced exercising, binging, cravings, and loss of motivation. I recommend that she engage in “mommy workouts” with her little one’s as an activity to occupy her kids and increase her activity. Mommy workouts are exercises that a mother can complete with her children, such as raising her little one over her head while doing leg raises, etc. Regarding diet, I recommend that she reduce the fast food intake that often is resorted to in a demanding lifestyle. In extension to this, she can substitute high sodium and high fat foods on these menus with salad options. In order to comply with a busy lifestyle, healthier food options are still possible at home with the use of a crock pot, which can be set up before the kids wake up.