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You and Goals

Updated on January 23, 2011


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!


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    • fibo777 profile image

      fibo777 7 years ago from UK

      Nice little hub. A few useful tips which I enjoyed. Up for you.

    • rmcrayne profile image

      rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      Why did you start this hub from the HubMob link, putting you in our RSS? The HubMob topic is on personal finance- sticking to a budget.

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      teamrn 7 years ago from Chicago

      Thanks for bumping up one and the usefulness comment, Reynold. Too many people I've known talk about that 10# loss and how easy it would be. Might come off in 2 weeks, but in now way is it going to stay off, unless they've made some serious lifestyle changes. IN TWO WEEKS? First few pounds are water and then there's the hard part!

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      Reynold Jay 7 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      This is good information and advice. 2 lbs a week for weight loss is an achievable goal for someone with incredible self-discepline. See my Arch' Hub for nice nutrition amusing story.

      Up one and useful on this one. RJ