How to OWN your GOALS
- Specific- “Lose 20 pounds”
- Measurable- Starting weight- 183, goal weight 163
- Accountable- Finding a partner (or 10) who will check in with you, listen to your struggles, support you, and offer help when needed. It helps if they are working towards the same goals, or EVEN BETTER, have recently achieved a similar goal. If you feel comfortable putting it out there, post your goals on Facebook, and post status updates based on what you’ve accomplished, not just on the scale, but also as far as activities that have gotten you closer to your goal. Who knows, you might motivate someone else.
- Realistic- If you were borderline anorexic in college, or a competitive track star in high school, and 20 years and three kids have entered your life, you probably aren’t going to be able to achieve “that body” again. You can absolutely get in amazing shape, given enough time and motivation, but defying time and nature is unlikely. With three kids, a husband, a full time job, and a house to care for, you probably don’t have 3-4 hours a day to run or workout at the gym. Why not aim for a new, improved, stronger body that serves your needs now while continuing to enjoy the life and family you’ve built.
- Time Bound- “Before the company Christmas party”. It’s sensible to lose between 1 and 2 pounds per week when engaged in a eating and exercise program that meets your needs. That means if you’re looking to lose 20 pounds, it’ll likely take you 2.5-5 months. Don’t let that discourage you, because it’s the kind of weight loss that lasts! Hell, even if you lose only 1 pound every week, you’ll weight 52 pounds less this time next year. That’s pretty amazing! You might find a program that promises 10 pounds lost in a weekend, but it’s water weight, and will come back (with a vengeance) as soon as you consume anything other than grapefruit or cayenne flavored lemonade. REAL weight loss happens slowly, and stays off, because the changes are sustainable, not starvation.