Setting Small Goals
Friday, January 29, 2010
When I decided that I am going to lose a significant amount of weight this year I started off with making a list of smaller goals that will help me achieve my weight loss goals. These mini-goals are things that will improve my lifestyle without wreaking havoc in my life, such as:
• Eating more fruits and vegetables every day.
• Getting some kind of physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day.
• Drinking alcohol only on the weekends.
• Eating low-fat popcorn instead of chips,
• Ordering a side salad instead of french fries.
• Being able to walk up a flight of stairs without gasping for breath.
I am aware that change is hard and it is especially difficult if you try to make too many changes, so I started small and am gradually making lifestyle improvements.
My motivation to lose weight often hits an all-time high when the first buds of spring pop out, signaling that beach season is not far behind. And while there's no getting around the need to exercise and eat healthier, long-term weight loss starts in your head. I read that experts say that having the right attitude can help you think yourself thin.
So if I want to succeed at weight loss, I need to cut the mental fat, and that will lead to cutting the waistline fat. I am looking at the patterns and habits in my life that I'm dragging around with me that get in the way of my success.
Everyone has his or her own excuses. When trying to improve their lifestyle and diet, most people do fine until something happens -- whether it's work pressure, family issues, or something else. Whatever your personal issue, the pattern needs to change if you want to be successful.
I am empowering myself to identify these patterns, deal with the real issues, so I can move on and be able to succeed at improving long-term health.