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Setting Goals and Making Progress

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Losing weight is an amazing feeling. The only experience that beats getting on that scale for the first time and realizing that the number is going down and that you are losing weight, is the feeling when you step on that scale and realize you’ve reached your goal.

Exercise is an important component to any successful weight loss program. The key to being successful with exercise is getting out there day after day doing your best, even when it doesn’t feel like much. Today it may require all of your energy to walk a mile, but a few months from now a 5k could be a realistic goal.

The best way to push yourself towards achieving a milestone like this is to make a plan and stick to it. Here is a helpful breakdown of how you can plan out your workouts to help yourself reach new heights in achieving your fitness goals.

Tips on Crossing the Finish Line

The first thing that you want to consider when starting out towards a new fitness objective like this is time. You want to make sure that you give yourself plenty of time to work up to a hefty goal. In many cases, the journey to becoming physically fit is just as mental as it is physical.

Your bariatric procedure is a great source of inspiration on starting you on this active journey. As you are recovering from surgery you want to keep it easy. Rather than planning on walking and distance, consider going and watching a race. Seeing hard working regular people like you who are already working towards that finish line push through their own frustrations might actually be inspiring!

Once your weight loss surgeon gives the okay, start walking longer distances. Start with something small—like half a mile—then work your way up. You don’t want to increase your distance too soon. Work up in increments. Once you feel like you are comfortable at a certain distance level or that you aren’t being challenged, increase it.

You’ll also want to set up a schedule. For example, you may want to dedicate time four days a week to your walking routine. Three days of the week will be a basic walk, but on that fourth day (perhaps a weekend) you can plan to go a bit longer. Doing this will help you decide if you are ready to increase your distance during your weekly walks, as well.