Happy New Year!
It’s that time again, time to pick a New Year’s resolution and set some weight loss goals. So often people choose lofty weight loss goals and resolutions, leaving them overwhelmed, unmotivated often leading to them giving up. This year you can stick to your weight loss goals and resolutions with a few easy steps.
Set an achievable resolution this year.
I was watching the ball drop last night and a woman said her resolution was to do yoga 365 days this year. I caught myself yelling at the TV “NO, NO, NO, you need to pick an achievable resolution!”
It’s so important that you choose weight loss goals and resolutions that you can achieve… Come on, you and I both know she won’t do 365 days of yoga, there will be a cold she’s fighting or a vacation that gets in the way, I bet by Valentines that resolution is out the door. But if she choose to do yoga 3 times a week the likelihood of keeping that resolution is much better. She might even beat that goal once in a while and see some real results by summer.
Weekly Goal Setting Tips.
See results with achievable weight loss goals.
I ask my fans what their weekly goals are each Monday on the Lose Weight By Eating Facebook Page and there is always a handful of people with lofty goals, for instance a goal to lose 5 or 10 lbs in one week. These are NOT reasonable weight loss goals, more often than not these people will lose 2-3 pounds, become discouraged and give up, when in fact a 2 pound loss is a great achievement and adds up to over 100 pounds in a year!
To be very clear, I’m not saying that 5-10 pounds lost in a week is impossible, in fact I see happen it all the time when people follow the Lose Weight By Eating FREE Weight Loss Plan. You can always beat your weight loss goals of 2 pounds lost a week, or 3 days of yoga a week. What I don’t want, is for you to become discouraged and give up because you don’t reach your unachievable lofty goals… get it?
Set weight loss goals you can reach so you have a “win” each week, month or year, so you have the motivation to keep going.
Time to set your goals:
I use this example often, you get in a car… you need to know where you are going (specific), how far away your location is (measurable), you check that you have enough fuel (attainable), you stay the course and don’t stop to window shop at every corner (relevant), and you know what time you need to be arrive (time-bound).
Be specific, saying I’m going to lose weight or I’m going to work out more is not a goal or resolution, you need to be specific. WHAT are you going to do, yoga, gym membership, lose 50 lbs in a year. Be specific!
You’ve got to be able to measure your success, if it’s a weight loss goal, how many pounds per week or month. How will you know how far you’ve come, and if what you’re doing is working unless you can measure your success?
Attainable (my favorite and most important)
Set goals you can reach, if you only go to the gym 2 times a week now and set a goal to go 7 days a week the likelihood of reaching your goal slim to none. But if your goal is to increase from 2 times a week to 3-4 times a week, that is attainable, and you know you can work in one or two extra days. Remember you can always beat these goals!
For those of you who don’t know, I’m disabled so a goal to run a marathon is not possible. Keep your goals relevant to your personal abilities and lifestyle. Don’t choose a goal or resolution just because your friend did, pick something that is relevant to your lifestyle.
Do you have a wedding to go to, a vacation planned or just want to fit into a fancy new bathing suit this summer? Perfect! You need a time-bound goal. If it’s a resolution that’s easy, it’s when the year ends, but for goals set a date you want to achieve this goal by even if that just means the last day of the week.
Examples of “SMART” goals and resolutions:
One last tip, just choose ONE weight loss goal or resolution. Master that goal or resolution then next week/year you can add another. If you have more than one goal or resolution you could become overwhelmed.
- Lose 2 pounds a week.
- Give up diet sodas and replace with water or Homemade Skinny Soda.
- Workout 3 times a week.
- Replace 1/2 of the bread/grains I eat with whole wheat substitutions.
- Eat 25% more vegetables each day.
- Count my calories daily and plan meals weekly.
- Remove preservatives and chemicals from my family’s diet and replace with healthy all natural recipes.