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5/13/12 3:06 P

Thank you guys! This is great to help my progress. Hopefully I can work it with the little I've got.

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5/12/12 6:36 P

Pick a thing you want to achieve. Think about the steps you need to take to achieve it. Each of those steps is a goal. If a step seems too big to start with right away, break it into smaller mini-goals. So if one goal is "exercise every day" and that seems thought, try "exercise twice a week" instead. If you need incentives, reward yourself for completing goals. For example, if you exercise twice a week you can reward yourself with a manicure. If you only exercise once a week, no manicure.

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5/12/12 6:16 P

zorbs did give some good advice for sure

what i'd like to add (because it helped me a lot) is that at the top of the page, you see where there's a tab "Healthy Lifestyle", click on that and on the drop down menu, click on Motivation. on the new page you'll see (to the middle) "Motivation Articles" ,... select "see all" and then choose Goal Setting Techniques.

there are TONs of articles dealing with this and they are have very specific tips that you can tailor to your lifestyle and personality. the big thing is, try some of the ideas and if they don't work for you, try something else ..... eventually you're going to find and/or do things that will make you successful in your journey to a healthier you!

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5/12/12 3:37 P

Zorbs gave some great advice.

The key is to start small and work up. If I said that my goal was to lose 40 pounds by June, then I would have already failed, because there is no way I can lose another 20 pounds in 2 weeks. BUT if my goal was to eat more fruit and veggies, both for snack and in my meals, and to drink 2L of water a day, then I can achieve my goal everyday.

You have to make sure that you don't set yourself up to fail, because failure isn't motivating for anyone!


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5/12/12 2:22 P

Goal setting is really a personal thing and can be most anything. The thing to remember is to know yourself well enough to know if it is a reasonable goal and time limit. Keep the faith.

I question, therefore I think; I think, therefore I am; ........ I think?

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We can always find reasons to quit or not do what is needed to maintain a healthy and fit lifestyle. The trick is to fight this tendency. NOW SHUT UP AND SWEAT.

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5/12/12 2:05 P

long term goals. they can be anything.

So let's say the long term goal is to lose 50 pounds. You don't currently exercise, and you eat nothing but junk food and drink 4L of pop a day and no water.

Then you set medium term goals:
In 6 months, I want to be regularly drinking 8 glasses of water a day and eat at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies. Exercise 1 hour/day, 5 days a week.

Short term goals (which to me, means the little thing you're going to do on a day to day basis):
Replace half the pop with water, exercise 10 minutes a day, 3x/week, gradually increasing to 30 min/day, 3x/week. Eat 1 molecule of veggies per day.

As for rewards, they can be anything, but food-related rewards are generally a bad idea.

Edited by: ZORBS13 at: 5/12/2012 (14:07)
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5/12/12 1:35 P

First topic I've started. If it's a repeated, I'm sorry, but I didn't see this anywhere.

I'm not so good at setting real goals. I don't understand them or how the work. I certainly don't know how to set rewards foe goals reached. All this to say, how are you all out there setting goals and rewards? Any tips for a newbie?

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