I like to start with a few small goals.....like drinking more water, no soda, increasing fruits/veg's. In the past I have put too much focus on the number on the scale and let unrealistic goals defeat my initial enthusiasm. I did not gain all this weight in a few weeks or months.
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If you've never exercised it can seem overwhelming. Start with SMALL goals - say a 10 minute goal to exercise. It's called a STREAK and do it EVERY DAY! 252
Record your activity on SparkPeople - it can be anything. My favorite is the Gazelle, because I have double knee replacements and it doesn't hurt - but it can be simply walking. THE REAL POINT IS NOT TO MISS A SINGLE DAY OF THAT 10 MINUTE ACTIVITY! This WILL soon grow to more and more exercise.
I have problems reaching "long/far away" goals . . (i.e. loose 50 pounds in a year) I give up before reaching them. So I have started setting "small" goals, for a week at a time. I can do a week and I am successful with the smaller goals. I "reward" myself after reaching 4 goals . . give yourself a goodie or buy something. I try and not use food as a reward!
If you have a lot to lose like me (82 pounds when I started), that number can seem daunting. Set small goals like 5% of your start weight, 5 pounds, etc. Be sure to reward yourself when reaching these incremental goals. It's motivating to tick off those small goals on the way to the ultimate goal.
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