Want to Lose Weight? Get Specific.
So remember those goals you made back at New Year’s? Oh, you mean those resolutions? The ones you haven’t actually thought about since January? Yes, those. Well, was one of those goals “get in shape” or “lose weight”? If you’re like most people, there’s a good chance that’s true.
We have good intentions when we set our fitness goals. But then we get frustrated, lose interest, and then we eventually lose sight of that goal completely before the month is even out. So why does that happen?
Well, maybe it’s time to get more specific.
The more specific you can get with your goal setting, the more likely you are to actually reach the goal. If you want to lose weight, ask yourself how you will do that. Will you bike 4 times a week for 10 miles? Will you lift weights for 15 minutes a day, 4 days a week?
It’s like if you said you wanted to go to a certain city, but had know idea how to get there. You might start wandering around and eventually, after years, make it to that city, but more than likely you’ll never find it at all. The same is true with weight lose. If you say you want to lose weight, but have no plan, you are basically wandering around without any direction. If you give yourself a very specific plan to lose the weight, you now have a direction to follow that leads you directly to your goal.
And the more specific you are, the better your results will be. Now just writing out a plan will do you no good without the determination to follow it. But with more concrete steps laid out, it’s easier to keep going in the right direction.
So if you’re sitting down to write out your fitness goals right now, think “get specific”.
“I will lose weight by…”
“I will get in shape by…”
And also, don’t forget to stay real with your goals. Don’t expect to look like a supermodel by next month if you’re just beginning your weight lose journey today. And don’t expect to lose 20 lbs by next week. If you set yourself up for failure, you will only be disappointed when you don’t see the results you want. So be patient, set realistic goals, and make those goals as specific as possible. You’ll be happy you did!
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