Why the focus on weight and not on overall health?



This blog has been inspired by many people who have asked me to give them advice on weight loss.


I must admit that I am not a Personal Trainer or a fitness professional, what I am about to write is not going to be based on specific exercises or diet but more to do with how we approach treating our minds and bodies and maybe through doing this we may be doing far more to benefit our lives than just losing a few excess pounds.


In my life I have seen an increase in fitness centres, gyms, and exercise studios opening up across London and it does appear that people are more educated and interested in getting in shape and yet I get more people talking about how unhappy they are about their weight or how they look. Deep down we all know the answer to staying at healthy weight for the vast majority of us is down to eating the right food and exercising. So when we want to lose weight why are we not doing it?


What I’m about to write is not me giving you the answer but me asking the right questions to maybe help you find the answer to staying on track with what you really want to achieve. Here are a list of questions for you to have a look and answer honestly yourself, no one else has to know.


Why do you want to lose weight?


Why is that important?


What will you be able to do when you get there?


What has stopped you in the past?


What do you plan to do so that doesn’t happen again?


What could stop you in future?


What will you do if that problem occurs?




The purpose of answering these questions is to put together a plan to handle obstacles that come your way and for helping you to find a strong enough reason to stick to your goal. If you don’t have a strong enough reason then at the very least you know where you stand and you can focus your attention on things that have more meaning to you.


For those of you who wish to continue I have some good news! When you stick at an exercise regime no matter what it is apart from all the physical benefits you’ve gained you’ve also managed the following

  • Valuing what is important to you




  • Not allowing external mental stresses get in the way of your goals




  • Seeing results over time




  • Value of consistency



  • Value of honest hard work




To be able to exercise regularly when you really don’t feel like it or when someone has annoyed you at work and all you want to do is go home and have a beer or go have your favourite burger requires strengthening another set of muscles. These are muscles we don’t flex at a bodybuilding competition or on the front cover of a magazine, the muscles I’m writing about strengthening are mental. Building discipline and focus in one area of our lives will crossover to other areas, when you can be disciplined in exercise and diet you have hard evidence of that fact by simply looking in the mirror and seeing how far you’ve come. So if you have an exam to pass or a presentation to do or anything else for that matter you’re in a position where you know within yourself that you won’t be lacking in your own work ethic to carry out the task.

3 thoughts on “Why the focus on weight and not on overall health?”


Inspiring text! 🙂

    James Carolan

    Thank you, if you would like me to write about anything in particular please let me know and I will do my best to help.

Michael Pickstone

Nicely written, James! Keep ’em coming!

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