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Achieving Your Weight Loss Goals

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The following message was sent to Motivation Station (weekly/monthly challenges) SparkTeam by one of the Team's Leaders. She took a quote from Spark's Secrets of Success which really hit home for me.

What a great way to start each day!

I can do anything for one day!!

“Every morning when I wake up I say to myself today I'm going to stick to my diet only for one day!!! I can do anything for one day!!! I don't think about how much I have to lose I just say one day at a time. And guess what all those one days add up and BOOM your at your goal!!!” emoticon

- Submitted by ABONDGIRL 4/20/2013 in Getting Back On Track

When I read this message it was like a light bulb going on in my head – this is so simple, and so true! I wonder why I too didn't think of this. In articles I have read on SparkPeople, and elsewhere, it is said that goals can be reached much more easily if they are set at an attainable level. In other words, do not make your weight loss goal to lose 50 lbs. but rather to lose 10 lbs. in so many days. Once that is achieved, it is recommended that another attainable goal be set which could be another 10 lbs. in so many days and so on until the result matches the original more lofty goal.

I think, however, that many of us have found that even such smaller goals are difficult to reach when it comes to weight loss. Why not make your goal only for one day! Tell yourself that today you will stick to your change to a more balanced lifestyle. You will eat your healthier diet and do your exercises? As Abondgirl states above, you can do anything for one day and all those one days add up. Before you know it, you've reached your original goal.

Now to develop this new mindset so that it is my norm and the first thing I think of when getting up in the morning ...

11 September 2013
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  • USCHI0762
    Great blog Lin.... and very motivating! I will have to start thinking more like that...funny I tell that to people all the time who are struggling with loss or grief or some challenge.. one day at a time... one moment at a time ... yet it's hard for me to remember with my own challenge of losing weight!

    thanks for the reminder... I hope all is going well..


    1640 days ago
    Great encouraging blog, Lin. Thanks for sharing!
    1645 days ago
    right on the spot!!!!! I quit smoking July 3rd, and that is exactly how I did it,, I even broke it down further at times, and for this hour I will NOT smoke. I am past the 2 month mark now and rarely think about smoking unless I smell it.

    Great idea to use it for meeting eating and exercise goals.
    1654 days ago
    good blog that is what I do eat the best I can for one day then continue. exercise is the same way instead of saying I will exercise for an hour which is way long to me I break it sown I will finish this and then try another or I will go 10 minutes then continue . emoticon emoticon
    1655 days ago
    thanks so much for the positive comments - am going to give this a real try and hopefully it will work for me too. Lin
    1655 days ago
    This is so good! And so true!! emoticon
    1655 days ago
    Amen to this, sister.

    I just wrote a blog called "Just Today" where I stated the same thing. What seems to be working for me lately is keeping that big weight loss goal in a distance in the back of my mind, but every time I eat I say, "Just this one meal" or "just this bite counts" and I really focus on JUST THIS MOMENT. If I focus on the 55 pounds I have to lose, I get too discouraged and start all over again.

    So I agree - just right now, just this one day, just this one meal, just this one bite, just this one bit of exercise, just this glass of water...all of it adds up to the greater good.

    Keep those tiny goals in mind. The small stuff really DOES count!!!
    1655 days ago
    I been taking a half day at a time.... its all downhill when noon comes.... in a positive way. emoticon
    1655 days ago
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