Are You a New Year’s Casualty?
How are you coming along on your weight loss goals? Are you moving steadily towards them? Or have you already surrendered them to the trash heap of failed past resolutions?
Maybe it’s time to get smart. As in SMART goals.
S = Specific
M = Measurable
A = Attainable
R = Realistic
T = Timely
Goals need to be specific. Exactly what do you want to achieve? How are you going to achieve it? Why do you want to do this?
A goal should be measurable; otherwise you won’t know when you’ve achieved it. It should be broken down into easily managed segments. A realistic weight loss goal is around 2 pounds a week. Anymore than that is unhealthy and will usually consist of water weight.
You will want to track your progress by writing down your goals so that you can see if you’re being successful or not. By breaking down your goal into a series of much smaller goals you will be able to feel successful quickly. Success builds momentum and the excitement and confidence to keep moving towards your larger goal.
Your goal needs to be attainable. You need to be able to see yourself reaching this goal. If it is something too far out of reach you will likely give up on it. It should be just challenging enough that you have to reach out of your comfort zone to achieve it.
A goal needs to be realistic.
If you have a lot of weight to lose, let’s say 100 lbs., aim for an overall loss of 10 lbs. at a rate of 2 pounds a week. Make sure you celebrate at every 2 -5 lb. interval. When you see that you are able to lose 10 lbs. it will give you the confidence to go after the larger goal. After all, if you can lose 10 lbs., you can lose it 9 more times for a total of 100 lbs! All success is built on a series of much smaller success!
Don’t make your goal too hard. It should be just out of your reach. You want to stretch yourself out of your comfort zone.
If you’re currently not exercising don’t set yourself up for failure by telling yourself you must exercise every day. Don’t tell yourself you are never going to eat sweets again if you’re a sugar addict. This is just too unrealistic and sets you up for feeling like a failure. It also sets you up to binge.
A better plan is cutting back on sweets gradually and replacing them with more fresh fruit and healthy snacks. If you don’t currently exercise start by walking 10-15 minutes a day or every other day.When you are successful at that you can always do more.
A goal should have a time frame.
If you don’t have a time frame for achieving your goal you may never start. A time frame helps provide motivation for you to begin. You need to have a target date to work towards. Your time frame should be attainable, realistic, and measurable.
Is it realistic to lose 20 pounds by the summer? How are you going to do this? How will you track your progress?
Get SMART for 2013 and soon your weight loss goal will become a reality!
Inspirational Quotes and Thoughts by Catherine L. Taylor
- It’s in the doing that we lose and find ourselves. As we do, we become. Who do you want to become?
- What you tell yourself when you hit an obstacle makes the difference between success and failure.
- Many want to lose weight, just as many want it without working for it. Wanting it is not enough! WANT + DO equals GOT IT!
- Today, I stop running from myself; for I am the problem and the solution.
I make choices that support me.
I am willing to take action in the direction of my goals and dreams.
I set goals and follow through on them.
I focus on the solution; one day at a time.
Read more about affirmations here.
Are you having trouble integrating healthy new behaviors into your life? Is emotional eating keeping you from the weight and life you want to lead?
If so, you may be a candidate for coaching. Coaching can make the difference between success and failure.
I have found that people who struggle with food and emotional eating are released from that prison once they learn the skills of mindful awareness and mindful eating, emotional self-nurturing and learning to set appropriate limits and goals. This turns off the urge to overeat and engage in other compulsive behaviors. When you feel better, you eat better! I have walked this path myself, and it has led me to peace and freedom.
My philosophy is simple: We are all born whole, perfect and complete. You have all that you need inside of you. It has always been there, waiting for you to find it. It is your divine birthright. My work is to teach you the skills to reconnect to this place of wisdom. This becomes the pathway back home to your thinner self.
I am simply a guide, lighting the path for you to find your way back into your natural state of joy and balance.
The goal of my coaching is to create a lighter, balanced, healthier, nourishing and joy-filled life. You will begin to see results in all areas of your life because How You do Food is How You do Life!
I coach and mentor people in the areas of: permanent weight loss, food addiction, compulsive, emotional overeating, binge eating recovery, authentic, creative self expression, spiritual direction, mindfulness, meditation, self care and stress management, self esteem and body image issues.
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Catherine L. Taylor’s
How You do Food is How You do Life!
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