Today I’m talking actionable goals for weight loss success. I’m a huge fan of goal setting. But I think for many people, setting a goal doesn’t often lead to success. In this post, I want to share my tips for setting goals that will actually make a difference to you on your weight loss journey.
I like to set my monthly goals just before the start of the month so that I’m ready to get stuck into my goals on the first day of the new month.
The basics of effective goal setting in any area of your life
I’ve talked a lot about goal setting over on my business blog – A really helpful post to read is Massively Effective Goal Setting
Here are the basics.
Get really clear about what you end goal is for your health and weight loss and anything else that’s relevant.
Break your goals down into small chunks – For example, if your goal is to weight 2 stone less than you do right now, a small chunk goal could be to lose your first pound.
And finally, create action steps to achieve this goal.
Think actionable goals for weight loss rather than a specific weight loss goal
I’d like to encourage you to set actionable goals for weight loss and generally improving your health and wellbeing. Goals such as, walk 30+ minutes daily, drink a glass of water with every meal, be in bed by…, eat vegetables with every meal, eat 2 pieces of fruit, find a dance workout that I love on YouTube…
What I see happening a lot and I’ve done this too, is we set a weight goal. Lose 2 pound a week. Well, we can do all the right things, eat healthy, exercise, drink water… and we don’t hit our goal. It’s demotivating. And I know when that happens to me, if I’m focusing on a weight goal, that’s enough to have me heading straight to the food cupboard. Anyone else relate to this?
We’re not doing anything wrong, it’s just the way things are. We may be increasing muscle weight, it may be a certain time of the month, who knows.
My advice is set yourself goals you have full control over and go for it.
Set SMART goals
Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and give it a Time
Be specific ~ So rather than drink more, maybe you can set a goal to drink a glass of water when you get up or with every meal.
Make is measurable ~ Get fitter. It’s a bit vague, isn’t it? What about walk for 30 minutes 5 times a week.
Is it achievable? It’s probably not the best idea to expect to go from a doing no exercise to being a marathon runner in 1 month.
Is it realistic? Realistically are you going to go to the gym, 5 nights a week for the entire month? Look at your lifestyle and make your goal realistic not idealistic.
Time. Well, your time as we’re setting our goals for the month are to be achieved by the end of the month. Simple.
Set yourself up to succeed
Whilst I’d love to think I’m going to only eat healthy food and exercise for 2 hours a day and lose a stone this month, realistically I know that’s not going to happen. If you’re trying to increase or decrease something, start off with a small goal. When I wanted to start walking regularly I started off with a super small goal of just walking to the end of my drive. Gradually I built that up so that I now love my 30+ (sometimes over an hour) a day walking. Had my first goal of been walk 30 minutes 5 days a week, I’d have failed for sure. Know yourself and start small. If you overachieve that’s great, if you only just achieve your goal, that’s also great. Then push things up a little once it becomes a habit.
Over on my Facebook Group for the 30-Day Weight Loss Challenge, I encourage members to share their goals for the month. Then check in throughout the month and especially at the end of the month. It’s a great way to stay on track and feel supported.
Come and join us
Say “Hi” share your goals and get loads of support.
Happy Weight Loss
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