Goal setting for weight loss: how to do it the right way

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Setting Goals is Imperative to Success in Weight Loss.

As you know, successful people set goals: long-term, short term, and daily.

As far as long-term goals go, you’re probably familiar with the concept. A long term goal is a goal that takes a year or more to complete.

In fact in many cases long-term goals go out about five years. However, projecting beyond a five-year period of time is really just guessing.

Short term goals are about a few months at a time. For example, if I were to set a goal to be complete three months from now that would be a short term goal.

And then daily goal setting is making the list of goals you’ll get done each day.

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So How Do We Set Powerful Goals For Fat Loss? 

First and foremost set your one year goal. Where would you like to be one year from today?

Get that picture in your mind. Get very clear on how much weight you want to lose by this time next year.

Get the picture of what you're going to look like and make it very bright, very clear, and very inspiring in your mind.

Attach a lot of emotion to this image and make it extremely compelling. This image is going to pull you out of bed each morning and through your workouts each day.

The next thing is to ask yourself: “what habits do I need to make my picture manifest in reality?”

Do you need to work out five days a week? Do you need to change your diet? Figure out whatever it is that you need to do every day to achieve your weight loss goal.

Anticipate Obstacles

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When I began working out I didn’t know anything about healthy eating. I knew this would be an obstacle to getting the results I wanted so I went online and found some healthy recipes that supported my goals.

No matter what you want to achieve there's always going to be some form of obstacles in the way. The successful people are the ones who anticipate, prepare, and overcome those obstacles.

When you go down you pick yourself back up.

Persistence is a direct measure of how much you believe in your ability to achieve your goal.

Preparing for obstacles will help you remain persistent with your weight loss goals and therefore achieve them.

Maybe an obstacle for you is getting into the gym. Maybe you prefer to work out at night but realize that you have to pick the kids up from school, make dinner, get the kids baths, get them to bed, etc.

It’s probably not realistic for you to make it to the gym at night if you have all of this other stuff to do.

This is an obstacle that you can anticipate and plan around.

If you know you can't make it to the gym at night because there are too many distractions, plan on going to the gym in the morning.

Maybe another obstacle is that you don't have enough healthy recipes or aren't sure how to cook food for weight loss.

By recognizing this potential obstacle you could quickly devour some healthy recipe blogs and download some meal plans. 

Maybe it's hard for you to cook every night and have enough healthy food for the following days.

By recognizing this obstacle you could simply start meal prepping. Meaning you spend a few hours (in a row) preparing your food for the next few days to a week.

Then you put it in the Tupperware's and all you have to do is grab your food and go!

After making your one year goal and getting a very, very clear picture of what you're going to look like; begin setting weekly goals.

Write Your Weekly Plan​

Sit down on Saturday or Sunday night and write down what you need to get done this week to meet your short and long term weight loss goal.

You want to write out weekly goals and then track your progress, not how far you have left to go.

By writing out your weekly goals you can begin tracking progress by comparing next week's results to this week’s and repeating this process.

To set your weekly battle plan or goal list, right down exactly what you need to do this week to achieve your goal.

So maybe your long-term (one year) goal l is to lose 50 pounds. On a weekly basis that means you need to lose 1 pound per week. 

What Would You Need To Do To Lose 1 Pound This Week? 

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Maybe you need to go to the gym five days this week and eat three healthy meals each day.

So you write down on your battle plan for this week that you're going to go to the gym Monday through Friday and be specific with the times that you'll be going.

You’ll also want to write down your meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

So that may look like 6 AM to 7 AM Monday through Friday I'm going to the gym to perform 60 minutes of cardio or weights.

Monday for breakfast: oatmeal with fresh blueberries, lunch: steak salad, and dinner: Dijon chicken. Then do this for each day of the week.

OK great, now you have your plan for the week as it relates to your weight loss goal.

Write Your Plan For Each Day

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You may be saying to yourself why would I write down the same thing that I just wrote down every day?

The answer is very simple: by writing down your goal each and every day you increase your personal accountability, you embed your goal into your subconscious mind, and you drill your goal into your muscle memory.

By repetitively writing down your goal each morning, you are, in effect, setting your intent for the day.

You can also do this the night before and give your subconscious mind more time to work on the goal if that works better for you.

When you write down your goals each morning and set your intent each day, you are 10 times more likely to follow through with your goal and therefore achieve it.

Deciding your goals and putting them in writing is the best practice we can possibly follow for all of our goals.

Start with planning your fitness and weight loss goals first and I guarantee you'll be twice as successful as you've ever been.

Then you can move into doing this with all of the things you want to achieve in life. If you practice this daily writing and direction setting, I promise you'll have your most successful year ever.

Do you have a special way that you set and meet your goals?

Tell us about it in the comments section below! We’d love to get your feedback and hear about how you do life.

You never know, someone may read your way of reaching goals and use it to change their life!

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