Loved this! It's always great to remind our selves that we have to break things down. While the big picture is always so wonderful to look at, it is the small brush strokes that make the picture worth looking at!
I had some trouble with this week's meeting topic. I have so far to go that it is very intimidating to me to think about losing X lbs by X date. Twice since Sept 11 (when I rejoined WW) I've gotten within a stone's throw of my 5% (or even made it ever so briefly) only to have my program go down the tube for a period of weeks. So instead of thinking of goals that are measurable by the scale, I'm working on stacking up days on the Plan. Days Tracking. Days in the game - even if I don't do it perfectly.
So my summer goal is probably not specific enough for the criteria. But nevertheless my goal is to still be here, working the program no matter what the scale says, by Labor Day and beyond.
Pounds lost: 19.2
Fitness Minutes: (112,075) Posts: 7,197 6/9/12 4:47 P
It is hard to make your goals a reality if you set unrealistic goals. Once he sat down and revised his strategy, it made all the difference!
Make It Small: He asked himself "Will this goal make me want to pull the blankets over my head when I think about it tomorrow morning?" If so, he found it necessary to continue to breakdown the goal until he felt like it was something he could actually accomplish.
Baby Step It: Instead of overwhelming himself with trying to do everything at once, he decided to pick one thing at a time to focus on at a time and then he would move on to the next item on the list.
Get Through Today: Focus on what you have to do today and once you string enough days together, you will have changed your life.
SMALL CHANGES, BIG IMPACT
What to do when food boredom sets in?
- Try giving one of your recipes an ethnic flavor twist! - Try to buy 2 new fruits or vegetables, or ones you haven't purchased in a long time. - Make or buy 3 sauces or dressings that are low in PointsPlus or calories that is perfect for drizzling over salads, grilled chicken, fish, baked potatoes or veggies.
Lentils come in black, green, red, yellow, brown and orange varieties.
3 TASTY TWISTS:
1. Swap fresh parsley for the mint leaves. 2. Drizzle salad with balsamic vinegar. 3. Make this dish heartier by adding .5 pound of cooked medium shrimp or 2 cups of diced cooked chicken.
THE GOALS OF SUMMER AND HOW TO STAY ON PLAN ALL SEASON LONG:
Make it a point to mark your calendar to make sure that you are aware of any upcoming events such as vacations, weddings, family reunions, graduation parties, etc. that may disrupt your schedule.
Weight. If you are vacation, etc., perhaps you should ratchet down your expectation during your vacation, parties, etc. and reduce your expected weight loss during that time. Make sure you write down your goals.
Activity. Take advantage of the of the nice weather and the longer days and get outside and move! If you establish your plan now, it will be easier to maintain it. Schedule your time to workouts on your calendar. Think about what workouts you'll be doing and think about trying new things. Decide how often and how long you plan to be active.
Lifestyle. This is your life, so anything goes. Think about what you want to do or get better at over the next 3 months. Decide what you'd like to do and make sure that you write those things down, as well as how you will make that happen.
Remember to be realistic with your workout and weight loss goals and expectations. Perhaps focus on your non-scale victories as well. Those count too!
Name your Aim! Writing down or having a fitness goal isn't just for athletes, it's for everyone! It helps you to see your progress, boosts confidence and inspire you keep moving forward. With regard to this, as silly as it sounds, when I first start working out again, I will often put stars (like Gold Stars) in my Day Runner calendar when I workout. You will be amazed at how motivating that it can be.
The Right Goal for You Should Be...
Positive: Set out what you want to achieve, not what you want to avoid. Avoid using words like can't, don't etc.
Specific: Set out specific goals for yourself. Don't give yourself a general goal. Such as: "I want to walk more each week" instead be specific "I want to walk 10 miles each week".
Actionable: Set out the specific steps you need to take to get to your goals.
Time-Based: Give yourself a specific deadline to reach your goal that you set out.
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