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Do's and Don'ts of Goal Setting

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  • I've set several goals since February and I've met all of them. I bought myself a charm bracelet and I add a charm each time I lose 10 lbs. I've been in a plateau for a while but I know I'll start losing again eventually. My doctor recently tinkered with my thyroid meds and I think that might be the problem. Otherwise, I'm enjoying this process. I'm much more active and healthier.
    You have to be willing to let go of your negativity. If everything someone suggests is met by "no, that won't work", it won't!
  • I'm in.....Goal to track food every day for 2 weeks! One step at a time.
  • Sensible, encouraging articles like this are why I love Spark so much more than the "kill yourself to lose weight fast" trends. Thank you!
  • I can do a better job of setting specific goals. I am still somewhat hung up on the specificity element. IN my mind, I eat a lot of vegetables and some fruit, but I often just eat whatever leftovers there are and forget to or fail to add something fresh. I have been on a crusade to eat the things I buy before I have to throw them out. I wish there were a way to buy a 1/4 loaf of bread, by the way.
  • I need to start again and focus on just one thing at a time.

    what should it be? eliminating things I know are not good for me to eat? Just one food item a month? 3 a month? or for 6 months?

    or should I focus on adding 10 minutes of fitness into every day?

    Suggestions anyone?
  • I have a goal set to walk my dog Benny a minimum of 4 times for a period of minimum 15 minutes each.
  • I'm not good at the rewards thing either - meeting my goals is pretty satisfying. But I need to do a better job and scheduling in the time to meet my goals, and SparkPeople is helping me start to enlist support. I have a couple teams here that really really help.
  • Good points, thanks.
  • I think this challenge is just what I need.
  • looking forward to a improved me this year!
  • I am trying this new challenge to help myself get back on track.
  • I am trying this new challenge to help myself get back on track.
  • I enjoyed the article -very timely and informative. And I especially appreciate the permission to be kind to myself and not expect perfection. This too often has been my nemesis. If I stumble in my quest I'm in good company - about 100% of humanity.
  • My favorite Zig Ziegler quote "when people tell me motivation never lasts, I tell them bathing doesn't either, that's why I recommend it daily". I need to make this my mantra.

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