Tip: Keep Setting Small, Achievable Goals

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  1. Bubba says:

    I have 150+ to lose. As of now, my goals are 25 pounds apart, but will diminish as the weight comes off.

  2. Jill says:

    To date, I have lost 17 lbs. But I have been stuck on this number for over a month now. I talked to my trainer about it, and she actually thinks I am not eating enough. Imagine that. So now I have to figure out what is too much and what is too little (counting calories). I hate counting calories and I have not done it at all to date because I wanted to teach myself to eat in a way that I could eat for the rest of my life, and it seemed to be working. Anyway, I’d love to lose 5 lbs. just to get out of this stagnancy. I work my butt off at the gym almost every day; just got to get this food thing right.

  3. bossymommy says:

    Excellent advice.

    I heart my little Tyler. 🙂

  4. Nathan says:

    Great words!
    I know you mentioned you are going to try to run a half marathon a couple posts back – here is a great site that has all the numbers set up in some very easy to use data-bases.


  5. I’ve got a good 15 total that should be lost, but for now my focus is on my exercise routines. Some things that I want to achieve are subjective; others are objective.

    For instance, I’d like to be able to play a full soccer game (on defense) without needing to sub. The over all goal is to play a full game as striker! (That may take a while!) Objectively, I have been followin a 5×5 workout plan with the ultimate goal of having three main lifts (bench press, deadlift, and squat) all be over the 315lb mark for 5 sets of 5 reps.

    I am no where close on any of my goals! But each week I make small improvements. More minutes and more touches on the soccer field. A 5lbs gain on my lifts every week.

    Dedication, patience, and mindful attention to exercise and diet should get me there.

  6. anon says:

    my old ww leader used to tell us, “you’ve got to lose one to lose five; you’ve got to lose five to lose ten.” in other words: it’s all meaningful, and success breeds success.

  7. Heli says:

    Great advice. The Beck Diet Solution (a cognitive-behavioral approach to weight loss) suggests doing this. Anyone can lose 5lbs. 🙂

  8. juanita says:

    Wow! Thanks, I really needed to hear that! Its exactly what I needed to hear. Losing 150 pounds DOES seem impossible! Will aim for 5 in the next week!

  9. Rachael says:

    So true. Small goals are the only way to go. My current small goal is getting to 50 lbs lost – I’m only 1 lb away.

    After that, I’m reaching for 210 – 7 lbs away.

  10. Thanks for sharing this.

    This is a great way to chunk down any goal to bitable size.

  11. MsMel says:

    I LOVE the idea of 5 lb increments. My wellness coach at the Y said to aim for 1 lb a week and in set an appointment to see him in 12 weeks — which is coming in one month. I’m ahead of his goal by a few lbs and it makes me much happier than saying, “I need to lose at least 50 lbs,” ever could.

  12. Tyler says:

    25 pound increments aren’t that bad, but I would make them smaller as you said as the weight goes off. Trying to lose 25 pounds after you’ve lost 125 or so is going to take a while!

  13. Tyler says:

    I’m not that little.

  14. Tyler says:

    I think counting calories is very sustainable for the rest of your life. I don’t keep a diary of calories or anything these days, it just comes natural to have a running tally. I’d give it a shot again for a while, just keep in mind it’s not something you’ll always have to do.

    And your trainer is right, you can absolutely eat too few calories. It’s a balance you have to find.

  15. Tyler says:

    Thanks for the link, Nathan.

  16. Tyler says:

    It definitely should.

    I played soccer myself during my teenager years, and I was goalie. Not necessarily because I couldn’t run as fast as everybody else (that’s where the defenders normally went!), but because I had/have good hand-eye coordination and can kick a soccer ball 75 yards. I’m a beast on the soccer field, I’d love to play again.

  17. Tyler says:

    You’re exactly right.

  18. Tyler says:

    You make it seem so sophisticated. I’m glad it sounds like someone smarter than me had the same idea!

  19. Tyler says:

    Always staring at 100 pounds, 150 pounds, etc., will drive you mad. But 5 pounds? That’s not too hard!

  20. Tyler says:

    50 pounds? Congrats! Definitely let me know when you reach your goal.

  21. Tyler says:

    Glad you like it.

  22. Tyler says:

    It’s a happiness that can only come through setting small goals. I know I was never happy knowing I still needed to lose 50+ pounds to reach my goals, but I loved knowing that I was just a few pounds away.

    It’s all psychological. Love your comments, by the way 🙂

  23. Julia says:

    This really has worked for me. I’ve lost 50 lbs since February. My first goal was 11 lbs, followed by a couple 10 lb. increments, then 5 more.

    The goals usually have some significance for me, like: under 200, no longer “Obese” on the BMI scale, highest weight from 10 years ago, nice round number, lowest weight acheived the last time I lost weight, highest weight I weighed when I was single, etc.

    My next goal is to get into the 150’s and that is a very achievable 2 pounds away, even though I still have 30 pounds to lose before I reach my goal.

    Now I find that I really need to start to set incremental fitness goals, (like a girlfriend of mine want to sign up for a local 5k in about a months time), because that’s much easier to manage than thinking about all the exercise I have to get through to attain the health markers I want.

  24. Allison says:

    Awesome point you make- we all can lose 5 pounds!

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