Tip: Keep Setting Small, Achievable Goals
This is a post from our continuing series of Tuesday weight loss tips.
How much weight do you want to lose? 25 pounds, 50 pounds, 100 pounds?
Maybe even 150+ pounds?
I don’t care how much weight you need to lose; whether it be 25 pounds or 150 pounds, your goal is to lose 5 pounds. That’s not hard, anybody can lose 5 pounds regardless of his or her fitness level or experience.
Once you reach your first goal of losing 5 pounds, then set the same goal again. And again. And again, all the way until you reach your goal weight. It may seem boring to set goals so close together, but it’s how you lose a lot of weight. By setting smaller goals, albeit goals that seem small, boring, and “uneventful,” you’re still going to continuously be accomplishing your goals.
It’ll be encouraging and each new 5 pounds lost will keep you motivated.
Unfortunately, most people approach weight loss goals like I did in my previous life. They look in the mirror, think to themselves, “Wow, I need to lose 100+ pounds!,” and that’s the goal they start with.
Reaching a large goal like losing 50 pounds, losing 100 pounds, etc., is certainly achievable, but it’s impossible to accomplish quickly — that means always working toward the carrot dangling in front of you for months, years even. It’s easy to become demoralized and discouraged, which is why it’s important to break larger goals up into much, much smaller ones.
Keep setting small goals: 2 pounds, 5 pounds, 10 pounds., etc. Keep accomplishing them, then moving onto the next.
What’s your goal for the near future?