Goals: The Smaller, The Better
Setting positive weight loss goals may not be as easy as you first think. While you might be thinking hard and long about the weight that you want to lose in the long-run, this isn’t the type of mindset that is going to help you reach your weight loss goals in the here and now. Sure, those long term goals are important to helping you pick the right weight loss program, and having those goals in mind can help you to shape the type of behaviors that will put you on the right path, but simply having those long-term goals is just not enough to help you actually succeed with your weight loss efforts.
The problem with having too large of a goal is that it is too far-fetched. The ambition to lose 100 lbs is totally realistic for many people who struggle with obesity, but if this is the only goal that you have in mind, then you are likely to lose focus along the way. Having smaller goals, almost like stepping stones as you progress towards your major goal, will make it a lot easier to stay focused and motivated as you lose weight.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you set up your weight loss goals:
- Think of your weight loss program in terms of quantity and time. Make goals that are tied to the calendar, and goals that are tied to the scale.
- Make sure that all of your goals balance out with one another. If you want to lose 100 lbs in a year, then you will need to lose between 8-10 lbs per month.
- Think of ways that you can celebrate these smaller goals. Don’t tie these celebrations to food, but instead think about experiences or even shopping trips that will give you the chance to buy clothes that fit your new size.
When you only think about your weight loss program in terms of the long-term goal, it becomes a lot easier to let go in the moment and think that your actions today don’t matter all that much. This is not the way that you want to progress through your weight loss plan. Stay focused and keep your motivation level high by setting plenty of small and realistic goals for yourself that you can celebrate all along the way.