When we decide we want to lose weight, we all have a set target or figure in mind that we want to slim down to. We become fixated on this figure, make a plan on how we’re going to achieve it. A few weeks or even days in, get disheartened when we don’t see the quick results we were hoping for and end up caving in to those mid-afternoon biscuits.
I hear this all too often, women feeling upset when they’re not seeing the results they so desperately want or can’t understand why they’re not losing weight.
This is where we need to think SMART… Goal Setting.
When we set ourselves a work, life or personal goal, we always aim for the end, but never reward ourselves or set ourselves smaller goals to achieve the overall bigger aim. Small baby steps in order to reach the end.
If your goal is to lose 2 stone, set yourself smaller goals, such as; I want to lose 8lbs in the next 4 weeks. 2 pounds a week is most certainly achievable and 4 weeks is also not too long? Breaking it down further to 2lbs a week, seems easier to achieve and also more manageable.
Once you’ve achieved that goal, set yourself the next one and put a time frame against it. This will help to motivate you and give you that determination to succeed. Once you begin to achieve these smaller goals, your confidence will grow and your mindset will dramatically change. You will then recognise that ‘2 stone is possible!’.
Despite weight loss always being a popular goal, I always ask clients to focus on other things that are not related to aesthetics (how you look) or about the scales.
If you struggle with eating breakfast and often skip out this meal, at the start of the week, set yourself a smaller goal of aiming to eat breakfast 5 days out of 7. If you achieve that, next week aim for 6 and so on…
If you know you don’t drink enough water and currently only drink about 3 glasses a day. Up this target to 5 a day and see how you get on. If you aren’t consistently drinking 5 glasses of water by Week 1, keep this as your goal in Week 2 until you meet it.
All of these smaller changes will help you on your journey to achieving overall success.
So what are you waiting for? Grab a notebook and write down 3 small goals for next week. On Sunday evening, review them again, if you didn’t achieve them, ask yourself why and try again next week. If you completely smashed them out the park, give yourself a pat on the back and aim for higher, bigger and better!
With a positive attitude and mindset, I honestly believe anything is possible…
The sky is the limit, now set some goals so you can reach the clouds!!!
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