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Do's and Don'ts of Goal Setting

Key Pieces to the Puzzle

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DO find a support system. DON’T try to do it alone.
A goal buddy can make all the difference this time. People that can help are all around you – on the SparkPeople support message boards, at work, even in your own family. Just add one person to your support group, and you double your motivation, double your energy, double your commitment – and double your FUN.

DO make a commitment. DON’T ever forget that you can do it.

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  • BOBBIE513
    thanks every one who made this site , I weigh 312 the most I ever weighed and need to drop 50 pounds so my back dr will do the surgery AS MY BACK IS GETTING WORSE I sorry for the caps im new to this site hoping the support and tips I get from you all will keep me going thanks so much every one , Bobbie - 4/29/2015 6:50:11 AM
  • 52TOWNOFCALLA
    I am just starting out and goal setting was a little overwhelming. There were so many choices. Thanks for a well-written article. - 4/25/2015 7:00:34 PM
  • Good tips to use.
    I found setting a certain number of pounds to lose per week could discourage me if I didn't reach that goal. So instead I worked on losing 10 lbs ,at a time. Try to lose as soon as possible.
    At first it was within a month. but after the first 100 lbs or so It took a little longer , But because I had the goal of 10 lbs, I was happy with my success.
    Too many people lose hope when weight loss doesn't happen as fast as they expect it .
    It takes longer and more dedication to lose than to gain.
    But it is so worth it to hang in there.
    Tisha
    I - 4/24/2015 10:57:48 AM
  • TRENAMARIE
    All good tips, especially the buddy system, no excuses for not walking when your buddy is waiting for yourself you. - 4/24/2015 7:40:20 AM
  • Good informational article and some really good suggestions from the community. I will put into practice some of these. - 11/1/2014 1:59:08 PM
  • VEROVEE
    Thanks for this article! and looking through the comments I saw @WILK_2013 's comment using the star system, I think its an awesome system! I am now motivated and will start my star system as well. - 9/3/2013 11:48:37 AM
  • Great article! Yesterday I posted my intentions on my blog with specific goals to work on, then this article shows up today! I'm going to post my goals on my calendar where I can see them every day. I like Wilk_2013's idea for gold stars on days I complete the goal. - 9/2/2013 8:40:55 AM
  • Great article. Saved it for the future. - 7/9/2013 5:13:42 PM
  • Right now, I am concentrating on losing 5% of my body weight. Staying within the calorie limits that Sparkpeople set for me (which is higher than I would of set for myself), but a lot lower than what I usually eat. And fitness. Right now I just want to burn at least 1000 calories a week, but consistently exercise several (4-5) days a week, not just burn it all in one or two days. - 7/9/2013 12:20:35 PM
  • IVYANDBEAN
    I feel out of control. I want to snack. How will I ever lose weight? - 6/6/2013 9:02:36 PM
  • I put up a calender with a little space underneath each day. There i write down when i go to the gym to keep track of when i do go or other things that i do that keeps me active. Its a great way for me to see how often i go and how much i have improved in changing my life. I only write the things i have done which is a nice reward and also a good keepsake for me later on. Good luck to anyone looking to change their life for the better and don't give up! :) - 1/18/2013 3:47:30 PM
  • on my monthly wall calendar, i put different colored stars up when i reach a goal.
    red star = no coke for the day
    green star = strength training
    gold star = cardio + strength!!
    i feel motivated to keep my gold star streak going or make a pattern for the month. it keeps it interesting without feeling overwhelmed.
    it might sound silly, but the visual reminder everyday is the only thing that has helped me. the last thing i want is a day with no stars!! - 1/14/2013 11:25:32 PM
  • Thanks for a good common sense article. Sometimes a reminder is what's needed :) - 11/4/2012 1:24:43 PM
  • Thank You. This has clear up things. My next big goal at getting healthier is to quit smoking. It is going to be hard since my spouse smokes.I have failed at this one before. I think now it was for a couple of big reasons. Number one was I really did not want to. I had no one to support me. I husband said he was too and made no effort,and I decided if he's not I am not either. I know now I have to do it for me and not what anyone else wants. And following this will work for that too. - 10/4/2012 8:40:42 AM
  • Thanks for this article. Being motivated is a huge step in success - 10/4/2012 7:47:06 AM

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