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Do's and Don'ts of Goal Setting

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I've failed at this so many times, I have very little confidence that I will ever accomplish this! I weigh more than I ever did, and I am beyond frustrated. So, here I am starting again - setting a goal, which is to just get through this week without gaining any more pounds. My willpower is nonexistent at the moment, but I will try!


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My plan is to EMPHASIZE THE POSITIVE and also promise to do 10 minutes of cardio each day for a month. Do-able! Report
Small changes that I can do. I hope so. Report
I CAN DO THIS! All of it except don't do it alone. I have no friends who can help me, but I think I can also depend on SP. I hope everyone has a Super Duper & Blessed Saturday! LYL! Report
As someone else said, working it one step at a time. Learning to tolerate the water (bleah) then will start adding some exercise in. Report
Easy to say but hard to do!
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Very informative article, thanks Report
Hi, I am back again! I hope to regain control of my body both in eating habits and exercise. I have been off the boat for more than 6 months due to sciatica, arthritis, etc. But with God's help I am back and hope to lose some of my excess weight. Report
This is a great reminder. I tend to set to many goals at once and then find I can't keep up. Report
Mike, I am printing this to put on my mirror so I will see it every morning again. I have been with Spark People for about 3 years and I need this little punch to start my 2017 off with. Thank You Report
I really get hung up on committing to too many changes or new habits.
I'm going to start with a new habit (like drinking 64 ounces of water) until it becomes automatic, then add another (like exercising for 10 minutes) until THAT becomes automatic. Report
I take many steps forward and then a few back. This article helped me a lot. I will be taking my goals a little slower this time around.I have to tell myself this is not a race. Report
The article was inspiring and informative. I had a car accident and need to gain my pre-accident status. I was trying to rush myself and was not able to keep up. I will be reading this article again and again. Report
DO chose a goal that you have total control of; DON'T choose a goal that will be impacted by many factors outside of your control.

So, DON'T choose "lose x number of pounds by y date", since how much weight is lost will be impacted by your genetics, your hormonal cycles, the weather, stress levels, just how much of your food is actually digested, and a host of other things that you have no way of controlling. You can do absolutely everything "to the numbers" and have the weight loss be nowhere near the prediction due to things you can't do anything about, which would mean that YOU "failed" to meet your goal - right?! WRONG. It mean that the GOAL failed, not that YOU did. Seriously - DON'T GO THERE!

Choose goals that you CAN control - minutes per week of exercise, average calorie intake, average vegetable intake, progress in cardio or strength training, or even how many rooms you will clean each week - so that your level of success in reaching that goal is entirely yours to celebrate and be proud of. Report

Frabbit- I use a simple notebook and keep it right in front of my computer. Every morning I make a cup of coffee and sit down with SparkPeople. After I fill in everything for the day, I write in my notebook about how I feel and how I am doing. Report

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