Positive Attainable Goals

It’s always good to have goals and the goal of this blog is to show our progress in our change to being healthy. One of the results to being healthy is losing weight. Weight loss, in theory, is an easy task to do. It’s really about calories consumed vs calories burned.  When the calories consumed is less than the calories burned throughout the day, you are going to lose weight. I know it’s much more complex than what I explained and I know from personal experience that it’s much more difficult to execute; but that’s the short end of it.

Controlling my diet has been a positive experience so far. I know I have made a definite change in my food choices and especially in the amount of food I eat. I have recently added exercising back into my routine. These two things will be a lifetime goal that I would like to maintain from this point on.

It’s also good to have some short term goals. I read that it’s good to gauge yourself within three month increments. It's short enough that I can't procrastinate to make any changes. It's long enough to show some significant results in my progress in maintaining a steady weight loss.

Finding an attainable goal is very important. A goal that’s too challenging would only cause failure in the end. I would find myself feeling defeated and even wanting to quit since I would fail time after time, goal after goal. Nobody likes to lose. Disappointing yourself is one of the hardest losses to bounce back from. On the other hand, having a goal that is too easy would be just as much of a waste of time. If I were to have a weight loss goal of five pounds by the end of April; then of course I would be able to achieve this. Let’s face it, ANYONE can lose five pounds in three months with just a small incremental change. In my opinion, that wouldn't even feel like a challenge at that point. However, even that isn't a total loss. At least you are losing weight.

So for my three month goal, I would like to see myself 30 pounds lighter by the end of April 2015. I believe 30 pounds is a pretty high number but very much attainable. I have done it once in the past but was very challenging. I would have to maintain my healthy diet while on a continuous exercise routine and so far I’m on the right track. 

I'm also aware there's a good chance of failure. If I managed to only lose 20 pounds then all is not lost. Losing 20 pounds is still great progress and something I haven’t achieved in years. For the next three month goal, I might need to adjust my goal or find out why I didn't make it. Did I eat the wrong foods, perhaps too many cheat days or did I slack off when exercising? If I lost another 20 pounds in three months, that would still be fantastic. Not many people can say they lost 40 pounds in six months or even a year. Always maintain a positive attitude. The only negative you should see is in the weight you lost and in the size of your waistline shrinking.