Refining your solutions means making good ideas even better—that is, making the results of your creative thinking more effective, more workable, more attractive. (Roggiero, 2009)
In my original paper titled “Losing Weight by Healthy Eating,” I identified a problem I had with exercising constantly but not being able to lose weight. I expressed the problem by stating “How can I effectively lose weight with doing more than exercising.” My conclusion was that I was not able to lose weight merely by exercising alone; I had to follow a nutritional diet and eat healthy. My expression, therefore, became “How can I lose weight by healthy dieting and exercising.” My solution is to have a healthy diet and exercise plan laid out throughout the house (agreed upon with all members of the family) and following through with it, allowing it to become a good, healthy habit for the family. Exercise alone is not enough to lose weight.
To be more effective, my solution would need to undergo a critical examination by answering four questions of my solution, then by using a three-step approach to refine the solution:
1. How exactly will my solutions be applied? I will list details and certain steps I need to take in order to follow my solution.
a. Wake up 5:30
b. Eat granola bar prior exercise
d. 3 mile run
e. Breakfast: Oatmeal, 1-wheat toast, orange juice
f. Go to work: Lunch – Tuna sandwich, apple/banana, granola bar
g. Dinner: Baked Fish, rice, potato, mixed vegatables.
h. 30 minute walk at 6:00 pm.
2. What difficulties could arise in its implementation, and how would these best be overcome? Overcoming obstacles and possible setbacks will be addressed. I will plan for possible situations that could arise and lay out steps to overcome these obstacles. Possible difficulties: Working overtime; oversleeps; sick.
a. If there are time constraints – don’t worry! Make note of any changes in diet or exercise on calendar.
b. Exercise longer on...