Setting Realistic Goals
Every year, every month, every day, we are striving to accomplish goals. The problem I see with peoples goals, are the goals not being realistic. I am all for pushing yourself harder and accomplishing things that others may not think aren't possible, but you have to be realistic about it. The higher your expectations are, the higher risk of feeling failure and give up.
Here’s an example & how to fix it:
I am 150 pounds and I plan on losing 10 pounds in one week. Sure this may be possible but is it going to stick? No. You will be crash dieting, shocking your body, and will probably splurge the following week because you deprived yourself the week before.
-Instead of giving yourself a number. Try subtle changes, such as, limiting your carb intake, cutting out soda or reducing the amount of soda you drink, you can also reduce the amount of processed sugar you’re taking in.
-If giving yourself a number helps, then shoot for something realistic…I will lose 10 pounds in one month, which is 2.5 pounds per week. This way, you know it will stick....
Goals come in all aspects of life and it’s not just health and fitness. That is why in order to keep your spirits up and the motivation going, you have to set realistic goals. There are days where I feel like a giant elephant and I beat myself up because I’ve meal prepped, worked out 4 times during the week, killed myself in the gym, and the results are slim…but that’s because I’m not giving myself time. Meal prepping for one week will not give me abs and I have to learn to except that. I also have to accept that I’m human. I’m not one of these girls who got lucky with good genes. If I were to drink soda, and value meals everyday, I promise I would be huge. Those of you who have followed my journey over the past few years know…I have fluctuated up and down, sometimes I’ll splurge on cookies and burgers, but I have to make up for those choices. We are all shaped differently and our bodies respond to certain foods differently. So find what works for you and build up to your main goal.
Give yourself visuals & rewards:
Instead of knocking yourself down, build yourself up. If you accomplish a little goal, treat yourself to something small such as a new nail polish, lipstick, workout shirt etc. Once you have achieved your main goal, splurge on a new pair of running shoes or workout pants…whatever fits your budget, do it. Try to not focus on food rewards because it will not be as satisfying or motivational!
Create a brainstorming chart, your main goal will be at the top and you branch down on how to achieve them…as you achieve the smaller goals, cross them off of your list. If you would prefer to just write it out regularly, then that’s fine as well!
I personally write them out where I have to look at them everyday. I put a piece of a blanket I had in a giant photo frame, where I can dry erase my goals as needed :)
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