Saturday, July 26, 2014
If you want to lose weight then focus on the process not the goal.
When you're working toward a goal, you are essentially saying, "I'm not good enough yet, but I will be when I reach my goal." The problem with this mindset is that you're teaching yourself to always put happiness and success off until the next milestone is achieved. "Once I reach my goal, then I'll be happy.
The solution is to focus on a daily process and stick to it rather than worry about losing that 50 lbs. When you focus on the practice instead of the performance, you can enjoy the present moment and improve at the same time. You might think your goal will keep you motivated over the long-term, but that's not always true. When all of your hard work is focused on a particular number at the scale, what is left to push you forward when you get there?
Maintaining weight loss is often considered more difficult because it can set up a vicious circle of yo-yo dieting. Give up the need for immediate results and just focus on your plan every day. Like a true control freak, I know first-hand what it's like to start a regime, planning out where we will be and when we will make it there, it's thrilling.
Instead of setting goals and trying to predict how quickly we can make some progress build a system that indicates when you need to make adjustments. Follow a diet/regime plan for a week, if you lose do it again, if you gainÖadjust. This will allow you to keep track of your progress without fixating on whether or not you are closer to that goal of losing 50 lbs or not.
It is all about consistent, methodical progress rather than chasing a goal for a few weeks and then burning out. Goals can provide direction and even push you forward in the short-term, but concentrating on the being on track with your fitness and eating will win out every time.
Committing to the process is what makes the difference.