I try not to set a goal that is worded like "Lose 25 pounds." That's not a goal, in my opinion: that is a result.
The goals I set are behaviors that will help me achieve the desired result. My goals, therefore, are actions I can choose to do everyday, and I try to frame them positively as something to DO, not something to give up.
For example, If I aim to eat 5 fruits and veggie servings a day and so many grams of protein within a certain calorie total, by focusing on how to do that, I don't have room left in my daily calories for ice cream and french fries. Aiming to drink 8 glasses of water, and walking so many miles, steps, or minutes, are also goals. Those are positively worded goals that either I do, or do not. It takes the focus off the numbers on the scale, and I can log my actions (foods consumed, exercise) and feel good for my efforts. Eventually, with consistency and time, the efforts will yield results.
So it's not about what I'm giving up, but I am adding to my diet, routine, and life.
I also go over my daily calorie limit about once a week, but I makes sure to compensate on the other days and increase exercise. I look at calories consumed and burned for the week, not just each day. Even not gaining for a week or two, is progress - because I'm not losing ground in the journey to my result.
- 3/13/2015 12:45:45 PM