The ball has dropped, the tree is gone and you may have noticed an unwelcome, yet expected, snugness in your work-wear. It’s here again! Resolution time. You have probably already set a HUGE new year’s resolution, and sadly, by six days post-promise, it may have already fallen by the waste-side. Whether you are setting weight loss goals in January and July, I have similar advice when it comes to successfully obtaining them.
1) Make it small. Small goals are less overwhelming and easier to achieve than big goals. Duh! This acts as a stepping stone for long-term weight loss goals while serving as positive reinforcement that will keep you in control.
2) Make it realistic. Are you really going to go to the gym every night after work when you haven’t been there in months? Or, is it more likely that you will get to the gym three out of the five nights. Are you more motivated in the am, or pm? Know yourself, take a look at your schedule and plan it out!
3) Make it specific. Spell it out, write it down and picture yourself doing it.The more details, the better.
4) Make it measurable. Setting a time-limit will keep you focused on whether you have met your goal and are ready to move on to the next.
Examples of successful weight loss goals:
” I will cut eating out from 5 times each week to 2 times each week for three months”
” I will walk on my treadmill for 30 minutes every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 5:30pm”
Feeling extra motivated this year? Keep it balanced and set one exercise goal for yourself and one intake/diet goal. Good luck and here’s to a happy and healthy 2013!