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Do's and Don'ts of Goal Setting

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  • As someone else said, working it one step at a time. Learning to tolerate the water (bleah) then will start adding some exercise in. - 2/3/2017 1:10:54 AM
  • Easy to say but hard to do!
    - 1/5/2017 7:02:44 PM
  • Very informative article, thanks - 1/1/2017 10:40:40 PM
  • Hi, I am back again! I hope to regain control of my body both in eating habits and exercise. I have been off the boat for more than 6 months due to sciatica, arthritis, etc. But with God's help I am back and hope to lose some of my excess weight. - 1/1/2017 4:02:32 PM
  • This is a great reminder. I tend to set to many goals at once and then find I can't keep up. - 1/1/2017 1:21:57 PM
  • Mike, I am printing this to put on my mirror so I will see it every morning again. I have been with Spark People for about 3 years and I need this little punch to start my 2017 off with. Thank You - 12/18/2016 6:29:24 AM
  • I really get hung up on committing to too many changes or new habits.
    I'm going to start with a new habit (like drinking 64 ounces of water) until it becomes automatic, then add another (like exercising for 10 minutes) until THAT becomes automatic. - 12/10/2016 7:45:52 AM
  • I take many steps forward and then a few back. This article helped me a lot. I will be taking my goals a little slower this time around.I have to tell myself this is not a race. - 9/28/2016 10:05:16 AM
  • The article was inspiring and informative. I had a car accident and need to gain my pre-accident status. I was trying to rush myself and was not able to keep up. I will be reading this article again and again. - 9/19/2016 12:50:43 PM
  • DO chose a goal that you have total control of; DON'T choose a goal that will be impacted by many factors outside of your control.

    So, DON'T choose "lose x number of pounds by y date", since how much weight is lost will be impacted by your genetics, your hormonal cycles, the weather, stress levels, just how much of your food is actually digested, and a host of other things that you have no way of controlling. You can do absolutely everything "to the numbers" and have the weight loss be nowhere near the prediction due to things you can't do anything about, which would mean that YOU "failed" to meet your goal - right?! WRONG. It mean that the GOAL failed, not that YOU did. Seriously - DON'T GO THERE!

    Choose goals that you CAN control - minutes per week of exercise, average calorie intake, average vegetable intake, progress in cardio or strength training, or even how many rooms you will clean each week - so that your level of success in reaching that goal is entirely yours to celebrate and be proud of. - 9/3/2016 10:58:12 AM

  • Frabbit- I use a simple notebook and keep it right in front of my computer. Every morning I make a cup of coffee and sit down with SparkPeople. After I fill in everything for the day, I write in my notebook about how I feel and how I am doing. - 8/18/2016 5:37:35 AM
  • One of my issues is to where to write this all down and keep it organized. Any suggestions? - 8/12/2016 3:51:25 PM
  • I've tried everything over the years, but nothing seemed to stop my late night food binges. For health reasons, I've had to cut out most of my added sugar. Suddenly, without much effort on my part, most of my late night cravings vanished on their own. I still have the occasional emotional meltdown, like yesterday, when I can't stop myself from eating everything in sight, but on the whole, the one step of eliminating sugar from my diet has turned my diet and my health, completely around. - 8/11/2016 1:48:42 PM
  • FREEDOM151
    Great article, very true and helpful. I would add I have to find a "how" that will reach my goal. Also, the "how" must be enjoyable and workable for me to stick with it. I believe this is why "it takes people 6 tries to succeed" and is often part of the "monkey wrench" scenario. Finding the right "how" for you. - 7/30/2016 9:14:28 AM
  • the weight i lost i gained back i was trying real hard to succeed i failed but reading this article made me realize that its ok to step back because now i can go forward again even stronger
    - 7/24/2016 9:25:09 PM

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