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Agressive Weight Loss Goals

Monday, October 08, 2012

I started a team recently called "Weekly Weighers," and invited a few of my Spark friends to join me in setting weekly weight loss goals, then doing weekly weigh-ins to measure our progress toward them. (HEY TEAM! If you're reading this - this message is for you too xoxo)

What I may have not communicated properly, is that even though we check in weekly with our progress on weight loss - it is more about the ACCOUNTABILITY of weekly sharing. Maybe we don't lose weight every week, and that is OK!

Today I emailed my team with some "words of wisdom" based on my own experience and successes.

Sometimes I set some pretty agressive weight loss goals, which is a habit that has created challenges for me in the past. It goes like this - I get SUPER motivated, set very agressive weight loss goals, reach the first few, then weight loss slow down and I get discouraged. I have found that I have this in common with quite a few people.

Here is the fix that I shared with my team - adjust weight loss goals to something more attainable, then focus on setting goals for the BEHAVIORS that you know will get you there.

Here is an example - this week I lowered my weight loss goal down to one pound. I also set specific goals for working out, over which I have direct influence.

I wonder if anyone else faces this challenge? And if so - how do you overcome it? Would love to hear :)

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    It is easy to get excited and motivated and set high goals-and then find we can't quite do it. SMART goals are what works best for a lot of people.
    I will lose one pound this week by staying in my calorie range and exercising 4 weekly.
    It sounds like that's what you've done and are on the right track!
    2023 days ago
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