How you set up your weight loss goals is literally the difference in winning and losing. When you set them up right you’ll achieve the results you want with grace and ease.
But if you set them up incorrectly, you can end up not losing the weight you want, becoming frustrated or possibly even gaining some back in the process. That’s definitely not a step in the right direction and it takes a lot of the fun out of your weight loss journey.
We’ve seen a few things that have made it harder for people to get results so here’s a few of the ways that we have seen people struggle harder than necessary to lose those extra pounds.
One of the biggest problems is when people literally don’t set any kind of a goal and just stay loose with getting results. At the end of the day you can’t hit a target that you can’t see so not setting a goal isn’t going to give the sense of purpose and necessary discipline that’s needed to successfully lose that weight and keep it off for good.
So begin by setting goals that are attainable and tracking them. You’ll discover that you are able to stay motivated for the long haul because you’ll see steady results. Attainable goals that you implement on a slow, steady basis will take you to where you want to be.
You also win with a steady approach to weight loss because it gives you a chance to form good new habits and to shift your identity. That’s a huge part in losing weight because you really need time to shift into a new way of being.
If you set goals that are too fast or unrealistic, they can be overwhelming and stressful for you to implement long term. They won’t give you the success that you’re looking for and can actually counteract your plans for healthy weight loss results. You can literally find yourself sabotaging your own success and feeling really bad about things.
Work with small milestones and focus on making positive shifts that are healthy choices and are good for you. Think about the tortoise and the hare and how that worked out… slow and steady wins the races. You didn’t gain that extra weight in a week and it’s simply not going to disappear overnight.
So work with setting moderate goals and not targets that involve wanting to lose ten pounds in a week. For longterm weightless success you must have the mindset that works with setting small goals and rewarding yourself along the way.
Create your goals that and then break them down into small parts. Each of these steps should be part of a larger overall goal. Your larger goal is always the end result or target and your smaller goals are just the steps you take to get there. After all inch by inch it’s a cinch… and remember to reward yourself along the way!
When you level up to setting attainable weight loss goals you have more time to learn how to adjust the way that you eat and to shift your activities along the way. And it lets you adjust mentally and emotionally to your changing body.
Set a specific weight loss goal to lose twenty pounds and create a start date with a target end date. You could say you want to lose twenty pounds in three months for example.
The more specific you are, the higher the chance you’ll achieve that result. Remember how important your mindset is in getting results. This is about shifting and creating new long term habits and making them fun. If that doesn’t happen you will not have the staying power necessary to make it work.
Use measurable goals and track them. So instead of saying you’ll exercise, you’ll have a plan that you can roll out and follow. It can be as simple as walking for twenty minutes or hitting the gym. Create a system you can track with and keep yourself accountable with.
Try using some of the awesome apps that are out there if you like technology. Freeletics has a great free app that is inspiring for tracking exercise and fitness. If you don’t like technology then you can. If not pick yourself up a nice notebook, take pen to paper and set up some charts that will work for you.
The best goals are always the ones that take some time and effort. If losing weight happens too fast like the ten pounds in a week because you’re doing some extreme form of weight loss it tends to not be sustainable. And always, you want to be working from a place of longterm health and wellness.
Work with what fits your lifestyle and brings you happiness. Focus on the health aspects of your weight loss and how amazing you’re going to look and feel. And remember to reward yourself along the way… you deserve those rewards. You’re making choices that are going to make your world a better place to be.
The more you customize and build your lifestyle to encourage weight loss, the higher your chances are of success. Do build in your mistake meals. It’s not realistic to expect that you’re going to stick to the changes and be perfect all of the time.
So give yourself winning strategies on what you’ll do when you don’t stick to your plan. Remember that your goals can always shift as your lifestyle does. Goals are there to benefit you, so adjust them as you need, have fun with the process and you will prevail. You’ve got this!