I read several blogs, and besides everyone trying to prove they are right, or for some of the more vile blogs, trying to prove everyone is wrong —- I am always trying to comprehend people’s motivations, most importantly, what is their goal of weight loss and fitness.
My goal is plain and simple — to live a better quality of life. I don’t care about living
longer — death will come when it does. I want to live and have fun while I am here — that is why I embrace fitness over solely weight loss.
I try not to get to involved in the superficial bullshit that so many people get caught up in, however, I cannot completely dismiss it either. I like to wear nice suits, and suits look better molded over a fit body, than draped over an unfit one. But to me, wearing suits is also a better quality of life issue. When I can dress a certain way, I feel better about myself, my confidence is higher and I actually end up being more successful at other endeavors.
Living longer is probably one of the least motivating factors to me. For one, having had three genuine brushes with my own mortality, I don’t count on tomorrow coming or not. I try, although not always successfully, to live in the now. I actually consider that if I make it to 75 years of age, I might just say, OK — I had a good run; lets see what, if anything, is on the other side; although if can hold onto my fitness, I may push that off to 85. I am aware that we need to plan a little for the future, so one of my mantras is “Eat and exercise as if you will live forever — live as if you will die tomorrow.”
Dieting for better health is a good goal, however, the two don’t always go hand in hand. Think about this — How many people do you know that have lost weight, yet don’t appear to be any healthier? This happens, with the people I know, who have either used medication or have had surgery to lose weight. I understand the desperation, but the medicines have a negative overall impact on one’s internal organs, and some of the weight loss surgeries change the structure of the stomach, thus decreasing the ability for the body to physiologically utilize the nutrients from the scant amounts of foods that are being consumed. Again, this is why for me, the focus is always primarily on fitness, with weight loss and management second. An important second, but not the primary motivating factor.
There are several others, but I wanted to just take a moment to get us all to think what are primary motivation is, to understand that motivation and then use it to reach our overall goals.
Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy
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