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#37: Are You Being Realistic About Your Goals?

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Are you being realistic about your goals for weight loss and better health?

It is OK to say you want to lose weight and get fit, but if your goals are not reasonable, you are setting yourself up for failure. You will lose confidence, your self-image will suffer and you will likely fall back into the unwanted habits you were trying so desperately to break.

It is OK to say you want to lose 10 or 25 or 100 pounds. Just don't expect it to happen overnight. You need to set a reasonable time frame to hit your target. Otherwise you do yourself a great disservice.

You must believe in yourself and you must believe in your goals. Confidence comes from setting achievable, measurable steps you can reach, not from failing to met unrealistic time frames or undefined purposes.

"I want to lose weight" is not as powerful a statement as "I will lose five pounds this month by crafting a food plan and walking for at least 30 minutes four times per week."

Remember, though, that in your war for better health your emphasis should not be 100 percent on winning the relatively short-range weight loss battle, but on developing a life-long plan to get in shape and then to stay fit.

Your emphasis should be on putting forth the effort long-term, not on a "get rich quick" overnight weight loss program.

Achieving fitness takes time. Do not become discouraged if your efforts do not always produce immediate success. Enjoy the process. Use small accomplishments to spark you toward further achievements.

Remember, too, that fitness does not require a stopwatch. If you are not "there" yet, wherever that may be along your road to better health, keep working steadily toward your target. Don't fret because you may have missed a deadline. You'll get there when you get there. It may take less time or more time to reach your destination than you planned, but it is a journey, not an overnight trip.

Once you reach where you are going, develop another fitness plan and begin working toward it. Just don't stop after you have reached your goals. You may have reached your desired weight but you can always continue your cardiovascular and other exercises, for example.

Continue pushing forward, not backsliding. But do so by setting realistic, achievable goals. Doing so will boost your confidence and enhance your self-image.

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    Most wise, Lou. Thanks!
    4226 days ago
  • FITKAT2010
    The only change I'd make on this blog is to change You to I.

    4226 days ago
    Great blog!! I hope many, many people read this. I always feel bad when I read the blogs from people who are frustrated at their perceived lack of progress. You wrote what I always want to write; you did a much better job!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    4226 days ago
    Great points made here. I realized when I didn't lose any weight in my first couple of weeks on SP that I had signed up for a journey, not a quick fix. I had an epiphany in which I thought of it like school--you don't take a class thinking you'll receive your graduation certificate in a week. You sign up for a period of learning, growing and developing. Adapting a healthier lifestyle is much the same way. So I've been "going to my classes" every day, doing well on "tests," and I know that when I "graduate," I'll get out of it what I put into it. And maybe I'll have to adjust my goals along the way, but as long as it's always forward motion, I'm OK with that.

    Thanks for the motivation!
    4226 days ago
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