How many times have you set a weight loss and then didn’t meet that goal? If you are like most people, the answer to that question is at least once. Weight loss goals are especially hard to meet because you have to do multiple things in order to be successful. If you are planning on a weight loss goal for the new year, now is the time to get ready to blast that goal out of the water.
Set Mini Goals
Don’t go into a weight loss New Year’s resolution with only the main goal in mind. Instead, set mini goals that will help you stay on track throughout the year. Start out with a weekly goal. Once you are consistently meeting the weekly goals, set biweekly goals. Move up to monthly goals if you are consistently meeting biweekly goals. Don’t worry if you never move past the weekly or biweekly goals. Many people want short-term goals to help them stay focused.
When you set your mini goals, set different goals for different areas. For example, the first week of your new program, you could set a goal of eating a healthy dinner five times. This leaves two dinners that could be lagniappe meals in case something comes up and you don’t have time or are unable to cook a healthy meal. You could add in a goal of working out by walking each day that you have to work. This is something that you can do on your lunch break. Make a third mini goal of drinking at least three glasses of water. That is lower than the recommendation for most people, but it is a good start that leaves you plenty of room to improve without seeming overwhelming.
Plan for Plateaus
There is always a chance that you are going to hit a plateau when you are trying to lose weight. This doesn’t mean that you failed. A plateau, which occurs when you continue to eat healthy meals and exercise but don’t lose weight, simply means that it is time to reevaluate your method.
Planning for plateaus now can help you to avoid getting discouraged later. You can look into new activities that you want to try to burn calories. Tae Kwon Do, for example, can blast 937 calories per hour for a 200-pound person. Make a list of activities that you want to try and consult that list if you start to plateau or simply need a new activity.
Most importantly, be sure to stay positive and keep your eyes on the final prize — a healthier you!