If you are just getting started on a weight loss program or are struggling to stay motivated to make changes to your body, it’s time to set some goals and stayed focused! Here are some steps you can can follow to make sure you are on the right track. So, get out a pen and paper or get ready to type so can you “put it on paper” and make your goals a reality!
Take a Look at Exactly Where You are Starting
You can’t manage what you don’t measure, so assess your current fitness level and take measurements. It’s great to know where you are, where you are going and your progress along the way. Take a before picture in your bathing suit, take hips and waist measurements and log in your weight. You may not want to have look at a “before” picture of yourself or confront your weight, but please trust me when I tell you that sometimes looking back at those pictures is exactly the motivation you need! Either you will be able to look back and see how far you have come and get inspired to keep working hard, or they will be a constant reminder that you are not where you want to be and that you want to make changes. Do this for yourself and don’t miss this important first step.
Remember, it probably didn’t take a couple of months to get where you are, so it’s going to take more than a couple of months to get to where you want to be. Please understand that anything more than 1-2lbs a week weight loss is most likely going to wreck your metabolism and make it much more difficult to lose weight in the future and even reach your goals. It may even make maintaining your weight more challenging. Be good to yourself and give yourself plenty of time to reach your ideal weight or size.
You may see results right away, or it may take longer for you to fire up your metabolism and start noticing changes. Don’t get discouraged if you lose 2-5lbs one week and then nothing at the next. Give your new program time.
Set Your Goals
Goals are a personal thing. Be careful who you share your goals with. Your new, healthier lifestyle may be a reminder to someone else that their lifestyle is destructive to their health and may not be very supportive. Hopefully you will inspire them, but don’t let negative people affect you. Sharing your goals with the right people is sometimes what can make them a reality! Your supportive friends will help hold you accountable and keep you doing when you are struggling.
Often times, we lose motivation because or goals are not big enough to create enough ACTION or are not
not URGENT enough to motivate us. So, dream BIG and set a target date to stay focused. You can have goal towards something like a firmer body that looks and feels better in certain clothes, or away from something like sickness, low energy, or feeling uncomfortable in everything you wear. Whatever your goals are, make sure that they are big enough keep you motivated.
MAKE THEM HAPPEN!
Now it’s time to take ACTION! Get your goals out of your head and down on paper! Write them down or type them out.
It helps to have a couple of time lines…
Write down your Big Picture Goal. Why are you doing this??
Write down your Four Week Goals– 28 Days is plenty of time to create some new habits. What do you want to accomplish within your firsts four weeks?
Now share with someone who fully supports you exactly what your goals are , in terms of “I AM.” For example, if you wan to drop a dress size, say in 6 weeks, I am going to be down one dress size in 6 weeks!
Last, post your goals somewhere you will see them everyday and get to work!!!
Throughout this process, keep the bigger picture in mind. Every step, every rep, every time you turn away unhealthy food is a step in the right direction and they do add up! Don’t get in a hurry or impatient with yourself.
Remember, changing your body is a lifestyle change for lifelong health and happiness. There are no “diet secrets” or magic pills that can ever give you what healthy food and exercise can! Don’t expect changes overnight. Love yourself the way you are in the process and allow your habits to change slowly and naturally. YOU GOT THIS!