Over the years of staying in shape and helping other women do the same, I’ve learned that having a goal can either become a tool to inspire you to change or a trap to keep you stuck and procrastinating.
Unfortunately, when it comes to weight loss, too many women fall into the latter category.
Here’s a simple test about goal-setting
Do you set goals and achieve them? Or do you set goals, fail to reach them, and yet you keep setting the same goals over and over, year after year?
If this is you, then eventually your goal will no longer inspire you but rather lead you to procrastinate. However, there are a few simple ways that you can change this dynamic so that you can set your goals AND actually achieve them.
The best way to do this is to stop focusing on your big goal and instead focus on smaller monthly, weekly, and even daily goals. For example, if you have 100 pounds to lose, that goal will seem overwhelming and out of reach. The result is that it will demotivate you and cause you to procrastinate.
Here’s an example of setting smaller goals
Step 1 – Choose your overall goal, i.e. I want to release 50 pounds by XXX date.
Step 2 – Breakdown your goal into quarterly, monthly, and weekly goals, and then focus on habits that you are going to practice in order to achieve your goal. For example, focus on walking for 30 minutes each day or maintaining a fiber intake of 40 grams per day, then actually track it.
Step 3 – Be accountable on a weekly basis with a group or an individual, and be as transparent as you can. The tendency is to hide out when you don’t honor your commitment to yourself. Remember, God can only cover, what you’re willing to uncover.
Step 4– Evaluate your goal every month. Learn from your mistakes and course correct. Make note of your successes and pay attention to how God is changing you from the inside out. Don’t judge your performance, don’t beat up on yourself, just take note of what worked and what didn’t, then commit it to prayer, get additional tools and support, and keep on going!
When you have this level of accountability, discipline, and consistency, you’re bound to see results.
Unfortunately, most people write down a goal and can’t even remember what their actual goal was.
In our Weight Loss, God’s Way Program, after we set our initial goal, we have a weekly weigh-in, monthly check-ins, and even quarterly check-ins. This makes the overall goal a lot more manageable. It’s time to change the way you set goals.
Commit to being a goal-getter, not just a goal-setter.
Constantly create mini-successes.
Learn from your mistakes.
Track your challenges and your successes.
And most importantly, keep submitting this journey to God.
You got this with the Lord as your strength,
P.S. if you are tired of circling the same mountain over and over and want a Christ-centered approach to lasting weight loss without feeling guilty, deprived, or overwhelmed, be sure to sign up for our video course program right away at cathymorenzie.com