Setting Yourself Up For The Win!

Set Yourself Up For The Win!

 

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.

Hit The Target

You Can’t Hit A Target You Can’t See. Set Those Goals And Track Them.

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. 

Chart Your Results And Measure

Keep track of your results and you’ll be winning and moving successfully towards your weight loss goals.

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!

14 thoughts on “Setting Yourself Up For The Win!”

  1. Interesting write up you have up here. While reading through, I learnt a lot about how our mindset can play a big role in achieving our weight loss targets. Seriously, setting up to win require proper planning that encompass the bigger goal while setting little goals to achieve. With that,  it would make achieving the bigger picture much more realistic. Thanks for this post

  2. Me and my weight loss journey go way back. I was the professional serial dieter. I knew all the diets out there but yet I didn’t not manage to lose a pound. Luckily, I no longer do that.

    I feel that I am older and wiser, I sit down with myself and realize that us human being are so different. All the diets out there just do not fit for me or my lifestyle. I find that I tend to go off on the diets because of all the restrictions and all the plans that I had to follow and that is just not practical for me. 

    I am not following portion control. I do not restrict myself from all the food that I love but I do have it in a sensible portion and move on to a healthier option. I also aim for eating whole food and try not to eat process. I do cook for a week so I know what is in my food and you know what, I feel fuller and cooking has become my hobby. 

    I think it is important for us to set the goal that we can follow and it is also important to forgive ourselves as well if we fail. Not everyday will be the same (that I learned), you are just going to have to adjust your food around your life but you just have to be aware of it and pick up a better habits when you can. 

    1. Couldn’t agree with you more… diets just don’t work long term. Making positive changes and shifting into a healthy lifestyle takes you there. Appreciate you commenting, thanks!

  3. I feel it completely necessary to make a plan when it comes to fitness and I walk for a certain time along the beach as it is harder to do this in the sand.

    I do tummy crunches up to 20 and other more gentle exercises like gardening and fishing which is great for my muscles as well

    I really enjoyed this post- Go well

  4. Whether it’s business or weight loss or really anything we want to accomplish in life, setting goals is an amazing tool and one we need to take very seriously.  Setting goals is something that actually works.  There are many difficult things we must accomplish in our lives, weight loss being on top of many people’s minds, and yet they don’t set goals to accomplish them.  I hope people will take this article to heart and follow it!  ~ Babs

    1. So true… without goal setting it’s really difficult to create positive change. Thanks so much, I appreciate your comment. 

  5. Dear JM,

    Thanks for the Great inspiring article! This has to be motivating, not only for me but also for many others.

    I was looking for information on reducing my weight online and you know very well there are loads of information online but not all the information are helpful. While doing my research found your helpful and informative article.

    You not only discussed the problem but you have provided with the solution as well! 

    Indeed, Goal setting plays a vital role in weight loss and I read the secret to success is the personal power to take action. We need to take action towards our goal.

    You have provided great advice on goal setting and how to achieve it. Yes we need to set realistic and achievable goals SMART method. People want immediate results, for example to lose 10 kg within a week. This is not going to happen, if it happens also it’s not good and will not help in the longer run.

    Great information, you have really given a lot of value here. I really enjoyed the content and in the manner that you presented.

    Much Success!

    Paul

  6. A good mindset is in my opinion the most important part in this, without it, your body will not follow what you want. Yet lots of people forget about it and then they complain why they don’t succeed. Your article is interesting, and hopefully it will help a lot of people who are struggling with this. 

    1. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, I appreciate it. Agree with you completely about the good mindset. It makes all the difference in the world.

  7. I couldn’t agree more that setting realistic goals on your weigh loss journey will set you up for a win. I had my first baby 19 months ago, and I have  only managed to loose a little bit of the 90lbs of baby weight that I gained. I struggle everyday, so I can totally relate here. If only being sarcastic would burn calories, I would be skinny! Weight loss is a journey not a destination. Stay positive you can do it.

    1. Congratulations on your baby! Such an exciting time and such a life changing event… definitely not the time to be trying to setting unrealistic weight loss goals. 100% you’ll get to where you want to be and you’ll enjoy the journey. Thanks so much for your comment.

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