I have always set goals for weight loss for myself. For example: I will lose 10 pounds by June. This sets you up for failure. Set your goals for what you have complete control over. For example: I will exercise 5 days a week and stay within my food plan.
Sometimes our bodies play tricks on us while we are trying to lose weight. We build more muscle that weighs more than fat. I only lose weight every ten days... it is funky!
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I have found that I do better if I set smaller goals for myself. Instead of thinking about the fifty pounds that I have to lose, I have broken it down to ten pound increments. In the big picture I still have the fifty pounds to lose but I don't stress about it because I focus on the smaller goal.
Don't set unrealistic expectations for yourself. If you set a goal of losing 50 lbs in ten weeks you are setting yourself up to fail. Don't do it! Instead set a realistic goal of 10 - 15 lbs in 10 weeks but then work hard trying to surpass it.
I set mini goals for myself because my big goal of losing 50 pounds is so overwhelming. My current mini goal is to lose 10 lbs before my future sister-in-law's bachelorette party, but I also set mini goals for each work out, for instance, run three blocks further today than I did yesterday.
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