Setting and Achieving Your Weight Loss Goals

Setting and Achieving Your Weight Loss Goals

A person who is serious in losing weight needs to have realistic goals, which might include exercise, calorie intake and target weight. Goals help you to stay focused and motivated. So, be sure to carefully think about your goals.

You need to own your goals in order to succeed. You can only do this if they are aligned with your likes and dislikes. You can succeed with whatever you desire to do as long as you make realistic goals. You can start with small goals then adjust and make it bigger later.

Setting Goals

Here are some things you need to keep in mind when it comes to setting goals.

What do you want to accomplish?

You should focus on what you want to achieve. Maybe you can set your target body weight. By having an end goal in mind, you can stay motivated until you reach your goal. It can help you avoid going in circles not knowing what to do. Use your long term-goal to set your short-term goals.

What do you need to do each day?

As mentioned above, you need to set short-term goals or the action goals you need to be working on every day. For example, you need to know what exercises or activities you need to do routinely. You might also like to add your diet goals. If you’re diligent to accomplish these action goals, you would most likely succeed until you achieve your end goal.

What more can you do to you stay motivated?

Sometimes, things may not go as you desire, so you might feel a bit disappointed. What can you do to uplift yourself? Set mini goals that you can easily achieve. An example may be “eat one serving of vegetable today.” Being successful with these mini goals can boost your confidence and inspire you to continue working on your end goals.

Don’t forget that you need SMART goals whether referring to long-term, short-term or mini goals. SMART goals mean they are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and trackable. An example of a specific goal is to walk 30 minutes every day after work. For measurable goals, you can use a pedometer to count the number of steps you make every day. Attainable and realistic goals must be something you can actually do, so you need to take into consideration your every day schedule and your resources. An example of trackable goal is to lose 1 pound a week, which you can easily track by weighing yourself.

Rewarding Your Efforts

It’s difficult to change things in your life. So, whenever you make achievements in your short-term weight loss goals, you should reward yourself. Give yourself a what you call cheat meal – a pizza or a burger.

Your goal to lose weight won’t be realized if you don’t do your daily goals. Don’t focus too much on your achieving your end goal quickly. But you should be committed to your end goal. So, even when you mess up, don’t give up. There’s always a tomorrow so you can make it right and achieve your end goal.

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