It’s so easy to set goals that are unattainable. Not only in life, but in weight loss. I was very guilty of setting myself up for failure by setting goals that were absolutely impossible to reach. During my obese years I might say:
♥ I’m going to lose 25 pounds by July 4th (when July 4th was only 6 weeks away)
♥I’m going to lose 5 pounds this week.
♥I’m going to be able to fit into a size 10 pair of pants 60 days from now (when I currently wore a 22)
♥I’m going to get fit by Thanksgiving (when the most exercise I had done in years was walk to the pantry)
Now – I’m all for setting goals. I believe that having definite goals and accompanying plans on how to reach those goals is very important. I love it when I read your blogs and see your goals for the upcoming weeks/months laid out with a plan on how to achieve those goals. That’s fabulous.
I’m not for setting unrealistic goals, especially when it comes to weight loss. One of the things I’ve learned, both from personal experience and from working with people is that weight loss doesn’t operate on a predictable path. There are a lot of unexpected dips and valleys along the way, and setting unrealistic goals are a very good way to dump yourself off the wagon when a valley comes along.
I did a lot of things differently that last time I lost weight. And one of the things I did differently that really helped me succeed was not setting weekly weight loss goals for myself. Instead of focusing on how much I lost each week I focused on how well I handled food that week. And generally, when I handled food well, the scale cooperated. By not getting single mindedly focused on the scale, but rather focusing on the behavior I had success.
Another thing I did, which I see a lot of you doing too, is setting goals that weren’t just about the NUMBER, but rather around behaviors. For example, I set goals for exercise, for social situations, for meal preparation, and for my children’s health. By widening the goals from the number on the scale to my life as a whole I was able to work on improving my all around mental, emotional, and physical health.
What are your thoughts on setting weight goals? Diane