You and Goals
GOALS SHOULD BE...
It's best to make New Year's resolutions in December, but many of us are late starters, so what better time than now to make a resolution?
Now that the partying of the holiday season is over, you've decided upon a New Year's resolution. What are a few things that will make that resolution successful and a part of your life, avoiding potential bumps in the road? This can apply to any goal, but you've chosen weight loss.
MEASURABLE: So, you've chosen to lose weight? Great for starters; but how do you know that stopping the eggnog and cookies is having the desired effect? That your clothes slip on a bit more easily and you look better in them is one way; but the only way to know for sure is to get on the scales.
But, don't fall into the trap of a daily weight. You may try a weekly weight, but weigh yourself at the same time of the day (maybe just after wakening), after you've gone to the bathroom and before breakfast.
ACHIEVABLE: and the magic number is 30 pounds.That's a laudable goal that begs the next question. Over what time period did you want to lose that weight? If your answer was over 2 weeks, think twice. Stretch it out over 3-6 months?
You will still have lost the same 30 pounds, but you stand a much greater chance of making a permanent lifestyle change and keeping those unwanted 30 pounds off. Hoping to lose 30 pounds in two weeks only sets you up to fail. Do you want to fail? That leads me to another step.
REALISTIC or doable. Yes, it's realistic to lose 30 pounds, but not realistic to lose all of them in two weeks. Does that mean you scrap the goal? No, it means that you need to revise your plan about how you're going to meet that goal.
TIMELY: Don't chose the holidays as a time to lose weight. That said, if your the goal you chose goal is to be more considerate of others and to focus less on you and more on others, your timing couldn't be better!