Goals are a Vital Aspect of Weight Loss Plans
You’ve decided that it’s time to get serious about your future, which means it’s time to get healthier. This decision is the first step on the long road to healthier living. It’s also a pretty big goal. You’ll find that it’s less intimidating and more tangible when you sit down and create a specific weight loss plan that provides you with a dieting game plan.
These goals don’t have to be as specific as losing X amount of weight by X date. Instead, they should be something like this week I will start adding a half mile run to my workout three days a week, or this week I’ll only eat a fast food hamburger once and I will replace drinking soda pop with drinking water and Fit Tea.
You want to keep doing this until you have a list of specific things you’re going to change so that by the end of the year, you’re enjoying a healthy lifestyle.
When creating weight loss plans there are some things you need to keep in mind.
Set Attainable Goals
One of the biggest mistakes many people make when creating weight loss plans is that they get too ambitious with their goals and lose sight of reality. Instead of making a goal to lose 30 pounds in a month, make a goal to spend a week decreasing the amount sugary pops you consume while increasing your intake of healthy beverages such as water and Fit Tea. Once you’ve set a short-term goal for your weight loss plan, you should write the goal down and place it somewhere that you can see it every single day.
Be Specific with your Goals
When you’re creating your goals, you really need to be specific. For example, don’t put that you’re going to work out each day of the week. Instead, make a goal to walk around the block every evening after you’ve eaten dinner. Then the next week, you can create a goal that builds on the previous one, such as taking a walk around the block each evening followed by five push-ups. You’ll find that by being more specific with each goal, you’re less likely to take shortcuts or put too much pressure on yourself.
Rewards are Important
Rewarding yourself for reaching your goals is every bit as important as setting the goals. The reward at the end acts as your brass ring and gives you something to strive for while enhancing the sense of accomplishment you feel. The rewards can be small, a manicure each time you reach a workout goal, or a night out on the town each time you keep one of the dietary promises you made to yourself.
In addition to setting small rewards for each benchmark goal you make, you should also set one big reward for your final accomplishment. For example, if you started the whole process because you wanted to lose 50 pounds, then you should treat yourself to something special such as a shopping spree, weekend getaway, or something equally special when you obtain the goal.