We all know that losing weight is one of the hardest obstacles to overcome. We start a “diet” and are on it for a week or so and then we slip and are back to old ways. This cycle continues and it gets to a point were it then affects us mentally and we then begin to doubt ourselves. The first step I took was preparing myself MENTALLY. I, too, had started many times and all lasted a few days and then it was back to hold habits. I took a week or so this last time and sat down and mentally focused on getting determined, dedicated but must of all disciplined because this time, NOTHING was going to prevent me from reaching my goal.
Once that step is out the way, its time to plan out your new life style and set goal. Lets get S.M.A.R.T. when it comes to goal settings.
S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym that describes the various attributes a goal should have to ensure maximum probability of success.
S – specific,
M – measurable
A – attainable
R – realistic
T – time
Most of you might begin with a reasonable goal like “I want to lose weight”, but if you really stop to think about it, that goal is not quite specific enough. What amount of weight do you want to lose? When do you want to lose this by? The answers to this and other so-called “W-questions” make our goals more Specific.
Measuring your progress at frequent intervals is as important as setting the goal in the first place. This serves a two-fold purpose: firstly you know pretty quickly whether what you are doing is working or not and you can take corrective action to keep yourself on track. However, the bigger advantage is the motivation that initial success will give you: nothing will boost your confidence and morale than seeing your body change for the better in the mirror every day.
What if instead of setting a “5 lbs in two months” goal, you decided instead to shed “30 pounds in one month”? Not only is this unrealistic and virtually unattainable, but you are already setting yourself up for failure from the very beginning. Creating reasonable and attainable goals for yourself will propel you to success and keep that motivation factor alive as well. Think small, attainable targets and you’ll be alright because it’s the attaining of small goals that boosts your morale and helps you aim higher.
This is a little different from setting attainable goals. For example you might set yourself the attainable goal of a 32-inch waist in 3 months. That is certainly attainable if you are only a few inches away from your target. But when it comes to the methods you plan to use to achieve this goal, you might start to become unrealistic. “I will run everyday for two hours”, “I will not eat any sweets, candies, cakes or pastries for the next 3 months” and “I will avoid all fried foods” are all examples of unrealistic methods that you have a slim chance of sticking to. Be realistic and ask yourself what the chances are that you will stick to any drastic change in behavior.
* Remember, your creating a life-style change and its perfectly fine to reward yourself. I had a cheat meal once a week!!
By limiting the time you have to accomplish a goal you have a fixed timetable to work with and the sense of urgency that will spur you to keep on track. In my opinion this is probably the most important attribute of a well-set goal because none of the others matter if you don’t set a time limit by which to accomplish your goal. Whether it is “by spring beak,” or “the next family vacation” an Event is always a good source to help with choosing a time frame!
These things were very important in my success and where I am now. It has been 1 year and 2 weeks that I began this journey and I am down 150 lbs. and I continue to work hard each day to reach my next Goal!
There not time to wait, set your S.M.A.R.T. goal and work hard day in and day out to reach that goal. I KNOW YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES!!!