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1/12/14 10:53 A

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I'm eating better and losing weight; however, I have not reached my goal to consistently exercise. I'm working on it.

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DROPCONE Posts: 1,540
1/12/14 10:06 A

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Right now my small goal is to exercise 30 minutes every day, 10 minutes of cardio, 10 minutes of strength, and 10 minutes of warmup/cooldown/stretching.

Small is relative to where you are starting, though, and what you want to work on. Small goals I have used in the past include:

Drink 5-8 glasses of water per day.
Eat breakfast every day & put it in the tracker.
Walk for 10 minutes a day.
Wear my pedometer every day.
Eat a fruit or vegetable at every meal or snack.

Since you are re-starting, you probably have maintained a few successful habits from your last go-around! You want to pick a small habit that addresses an area that needs more work. I need to exercise more, so that's why my small goal involves exercise.

It's also important to make goals that involve resources one already has. To me "Go to the gym every day!" would be a poor choice because I don't belong to a gym and I don't have proper clothes for going to a gym. But I can walk around in street clothes, so that's a good choice.


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1/12/14 8:57 A

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At first, I wanted to stick to my diet and exercise plan for a week. In the past, if I messed up before the first week was over, it totally derailed me. Once you go a week or so and see that you have lost a pound or two, it gets easier and easier to stick with it as you see progress.
I would say set short-term goals such as going from 219 to 215 in a month. Once you get to that number you won't want to go back above it. Thinking about losing 50,75,or 100 pounds is overwhelming. The same with exercise; if you do 2 miles on a treadmill,change your goal to 2.25 miles after a month.
I guess what am trying to say is that don't think about how much you want to lose overall. Set small,realistic,short-term goals and stick with it. You'll start to enjoy exercise,dieting,etc.. and it will get easier as you see progress. That's what happened to me,at least. I feel 1000 times better than I did a year ago. Just my two cents. Good luck.

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1/11/14 9:27 P

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I want to restart my weight loss journey on Monday and I need some ideas on goals. What are some small goals that you use?

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