A very important part of your weight loss journey is setting attainable goals. Determining these goals are entirely up to you, just as your entire weight loss journey is.
Did you gain all of your excess weight over night? No. That’s why it’s important to not get frustrated when you don’t lose that weight overnight either. Remember that the best way to lose weight is slow and steady. That way, you are more likely to keep the weight off. Also, losing weight quickly isn’t good for your overall health. So, losing a pound or less a week is normal, and you should be happy with that pace.
Find What Motivates You First
One motivating individual I met was a woman who lost 75 pounds in two years. However, it was done less than a pound a week at a time. She was older, so the weight came off slower for her. I regret not asking her what motivated her, but something kept her going and paid off in a huge way! Keep in mind that the process is slow and might not show results right away. A way to keep yourself going is to determine what motivates you.
Whatever goal you set, the ultimate motivator must be a close issue to you. I’ve heard everything from being vain to being able to have children serve as goals or motivators for losing weight. I’ve seen both of those work, too. Just be honest with yourself. If you want to lose weight to be smug to your high school rival about it, that’s not a bad motivator at all. It will work, so it’s a good path to follow. A bad path would be rewarding yourself with cheesecake each time you lose weight.
The motivator can be anything – and it can be tangible, non-tangible, monetary, emotional – anything. It could be looking sexier for your husband, or simply being able to walk up the stairs. It could be to jog comfortably or not having to buy that seat extender on the airplane. Chances are, another woman out there is experiencing the same thing, so don’t be ashamed by whatever you choose. Whatever motivates you is going to be the ultimate driving factor in whether or not you eat a cookie, or a banana – so choose wisely. My motivator was my fiancé. I asked him if I should lose weight and he replied, “Well, I want you to live forever. So I think being healthier will surely help that.”(pause for awwww).
Yes, that’s quite the motivation. Plus, we want to start our family off right by being active and healthy.
After you’ve determined why you’re losing weight (your motivator), determine that final goal. If you’re having troubles doing this, just try losing 10% of your weight first. There are many health benefits to losing 10% of your weight, and by then you’ll know what it takes to really lose, and might be able to gauge a final goal better.
If you get to 10% and don’t notice a difference, calculate your BMI next. Getting into a healthy BMI range is a great goal to have as it sets you at an average size to be at.
It’s okay not to have a specific size or weight in mind. Maybe you used to be a runner and just miss being able to feel those endorphins. Or, maybe you’re extremely obese and just want to be able to walk around the mall with your children. Again, determining this goal is up to you, but you have to have one in mind or your weight loss will be a lot harder.
Each time you want to take the elevator instead of the stairs, or eat that dessert your co-worker brought in, think back to these goals. You might even want to paste them around the house or at your desk at work, so you’re constantly reminded of why you’re doing this.
So, what are your goals? Why are they important to you? Don’t be afraid to share them with family and friends, either. They might have some insight into what motivates you – or helped them on their own weight loss plan.
Written by Nicole Jobst. © Iamnotobese.com