How To Set Goals That You Can Actually Stick To: Weigh-In Wednesday Weeks 12, 13, 14, & 15

How To Set Goals That You Can Actually Stick To: Weigh-In Wednesday Weeks 12, 13, 14, & 15

Happy New Year! I hope you had a great holiday season!

The start of a new year often comes with tons of optimism. This is when a lot of people are setting new year’s resolutions, making promises to themselves, and getting ready to tackle the new year! The problem is most new year’s resolutions don’t last more than a month and for those centered around weight loss, I would dare to say a week or two at the most. I’ve been there! But something changed in 2018 and I lost 33.2 pounds!!

When I sat down and reflected on the past year, I found that there were four things, relating to goal setting, that helped me to achieve the most sustained success I’ve ever had in my life. These things helped me to begin to actually live healthier and lose weight, after years and years of failed new years resolutions revolving around weight loss. I want to share them with y’all today in hopes that they will help you as much as they have helped me with setting goals for the year!

#1: Don’t set too many goals 

It’s so easy for us to get into the start of a new year and be overly ambitious and start setting tons of goals. One thing that I have learned is that it is better to set a few goals and focus specifically on those few goals, rather than setting a bunch of goals. We are more likely to accomplish a few goals that we set and focus on than we are if we set lots of goals. When we set too many goals, we are likely to get overwhelmed and not accomplish any of them.

#2: Start small

It’s important to be realistic in the goals that we set. Up until last year, at the beginning of each year, I would set goals like: I’m going to lose 100 pounds this year OR I’m going to work out an hour and a half every day when at the time I had terrible eating habits and did not work out at all. I NEVER accomplished those goals!

When we set huge goals like these our chances of accomplishing them are pretty slim. Something that helped me was setting goals that I could stick to for the long-term. I had to let go of the all-or-nothing mindset. I realized that massive action over a short period of time will never beat small changes that I make consistently.

For Example: 

Last year, instead of setting a goal to lose 100 pounds, I set a goal to portion control my food daily and walk in my neighborhood every day. As a result, I lost over 30 pounds.

#3: Believe that you can

Have you ever heard the quote “Your attitude determines your altitude?” As cliché as it may sound, it’s so true! I’m a firm believer that if you don’t believe that you can accomplish your goals, then you won’t. Our belief in ourselves really does determine how much we can and will accomplish.

When we don’t believe in ourselves then when we fall down (which we sometimes do), we may think that we fell because we were not strong enough to accomplish the goal that we set. That may cause us to give up on the goal. In the end, when we don’t accomplish the goal, it’s because our mindset was wrong, not that we were not capable of accomplishing the goal that we initially set. You must believe in yourself!!

#4: Know your why

Determine why are you doing what you are doing. If you don’t know why you are striving for a specific goal, you will quit when it gets hard or uncomfortable. Up until this past year, I did not truly understand the importance of knowing my why. Our “why” serves as our motivation to get through those tough times. Simply knowing your why will help you fight for your goals.

 

These are four things that helped me to accomplish my goal of losing weight and getting healthy in 2018 and is what will continue to help me going forward in 2019. I hope these tips help you out as you sit down to set goals for this year!

 

If you would like specifics on how I used portion control to lose weight and more detail about the small changes that I made to start my weight loss journey, check out my posts How I Used Portion Control To Lose 34 Pounds Without Dieting and The Power of Starting Small.

 

PAST WEIGHT LOSS NUMBERS:

Starting Weight: 253

Week 1 Weigh-In: 230.0

Week 2 Weigh-In: 227.6

Week 3 Weigh-In: 226.2

Week 4 Weigh-In: 227.0

Week 5 Weigh-In: 224.2

Week 6 Weigh-In: 223.8

Week 7 Weigh-In: 223.0

Week 8 Weigh-In: 221.8

Week 9 Weigh-In: 220.2

Week 10 Weigh-In: 219.0

Week 11 Weigh-In: 220.0

Week 12 Weigh-In: 220.2

Week 13 Weigh-In: 220.4

Week 14 Weigh-In: 219.8

Week 15 Weigh-In: 217.8

Weight Lost Since Last Week: -2 lbs

Total Weight Lost: -35.2 lbs

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