Well-written article. Last night I started a motivational journal in addition to my daily journal for prayer and life events. I'm keeping track of all my Spark Goals and challenges. I'm adding positive quotes, things I'm grateful for, and things I want to do for others. I planned rewards for several goals, and my next step is to create a rewards calendar to see when I can get the prizes for my efforts. Some things include exercise equipment (like resistance bands, ball, etc.). Or a lovely set of stylish salad plates to hold my healthy meals. Things that will enhance my lifestyle change and help along the journey. Thanks for keeping us motivated with this informative article.
This whole series is full of important ideas that go beyond counting points and steps. Thank you Dean, you are my hero. I want to stop relying on eating to manage my feelings. It keeps me fat and adds to my unhappiness. Have lost 16+ so far. Best wishes to all!
This was a great article, and very good advice. I really needed to read this one, to help me with my own personal goals, and how to go about working on the things that I need too. Thanks for all of your great articles.
Thank you for this wonderful series of articles. They make a perfect "guidebook" for success: Full of knowledge, well written and easy to understand even for those like me, whose mother language is not English. I see this article as a blue print for goal setting in general, not only for weight loss.
5/8/2010 2:47:52 PM
At work, we have a set of guidelines for objectives and annual performance review. The acronmym is S.M.A.R.T. This is a similar approach to long-term weight loss (and it's easy to remember).
Specific Measurable Attainable Realistic Time-limited
And, remember, you don't have to set a goal to lose 50 lbs. Set smaller goals, like lose 10 pounds by June 30, or increase your exercise time by 15 minutes by the end of the month, etc.
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