Taking the first step is always the hardest part in achieving one’s goal especially if that goal is something you’ve been yearning for so much. Here are some steps that will help you push through your goals:
Set Reasonable Goals
If you have 50 pounds to lose, don’t plan on losing it all in two months. Losing 1-2 pounds a week is reasonable and maintainable, but not much more than that. So if you want to lose that 50 pounds, plan on doing so over a course of 6-7 months instead. This will not only be much easier for you to maintain if you drop at a steady rate, but it will also be a much healthier approach.
Remember that it took some time for you to get to where you are today. So don’t expect to see progress happen magically, and don’t get discouraged when things are taking longer than you hoped or anticipated. The most maintainable results are those that are achieved in a healthy fashion and not in a crash-diet style.
Acknowledge Mistakes and Move Forward
In the perfect world, we’d never fall off track or make mistakes, but that’s just not reality. There will be times where you will experience setbacks- you’ll sneak in a slice of cake, skip a workout, find yourself at a McDonald’s drive thru. The only time mistakes will make a dent in your progress is if you let one turn into ten. Acknowledge it happened, understand the trigger, forgive yourself and move on.
Share your Goals
We tend to feel most accountable when others around us know what we’re working towards. For example, if you tell your co-workers about a weight loss goal, you’ll be less likely or at least think twice before having dessert at a company luncheon. You may even be able to find support groups in your community where other individuals with common goals meet.
Celebrate Small Accomplishments
Let’s go back to the example of wanting to lose 50 pounds. Perhaps part of your weight loss plan is to start working out, something you’ve never really stuck to doing. Set a goal of working out three days a week for a month straight. Once you accomplish that, reward yourself with something non-food related, like a trip to the spa or a new gym outfit. It’s the small steps that get us to the finish line, so celebrate them!
It may seem so hard at first, but when you start to take that first little step, you’ll never even notice that you are already on your way to achieve your goal.