Goal setting is a crucial part of any diet and exercise program. Not having a specific fitness goal in mind when beginning a new diet or exercise plan is like hopping in the car without first knowing where you want to go. When setting goals, there are two important ingredients that must be in your goals. They must be realistic and they must have a deadline.
First, your fitness goals must be realistic and achievable. For example, you would not want to have the goal of losing 100lbs in 2 weeks. It’s just not going to happen! As soon as those 2 weeks are up and you’ve only lost 1/2 a pound, you are quickly going to give up on your weight loss program.
Losing 100lbs is a fine goal to have, but space the goal out to 1-2 years.
Action Steps for the 100lb example in 2 years (modify the basic concept for your particular goals):
1. Get out a calendar and pen and determine the date 2 years from now. Write your 100lb goal there.
2. If you want to lose 100 lbs in 2 years, you’ll need to reach 50lbs in 1 year. Write your 50lb goal on your calendar 1 year from now.
3. If you need to lose 50lbs in 1 years, you’ll need to reach 25lbs in 6 months. Write your 25lb goal on your calendar 6 months from now.
4. If you need to lose 25lbs in 6 months, you’ll need to reach 12-13lbs in 3 months. Write your 12-13lb goal on your calendar 3 months from now.
5. If you need to lose 13lbs in 3 months, you’ll need to reach 4-5lbs in 1 month. Write your 4-5lb goal on your calendar 1 month from now.
6. That 4-5lbs a month is only 1-2lbs a week. Can you believe it?
Using a simple systematic approach to weight loss will empower you to lose 100 lbs in just 2 years at only 1-2 lbs a week.
Losing 100lbs in 2 weeks is unrealistic, yet losing 1-2lbs a week over the next 2 years will result in the same 100lb weight loss. That is realistic and I know you can do it!
Some people don’t have a problem with unrealistic fitness goals. Their problem is that they don’t have specific deadlines for the realistic goals that they already have. In our example above, we broke down out ultimate goal into yearly, monthly, and weekly mini goals. Having these milestones will ensure that we are on track to reaching our ultimate goal of 100lbs. If there is no deadline for your goals, then they are not likely to ever become a reality.
I hope you can see the power of having realistic fitness goals with deadlines. This can truly make or break your chances of achieving weight loss success.
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