When I started, I had about 145lbs to lose. That is a ton of weight. That is a whole person. It is also obscenely overwhelming. Thinking of trying to lose that amount of weight not only made my head spin, it made me feel like I couldn't do it. So I broke it up into smaller goals.
I only look at 10 lbs at a time. I can handle 10 lbs. It isn't a scary number and it's easier to plan for. I can set an effective plan to lose 10 lbs, where my long term plan to lose 145 is always changing. Now that I have only 95ish lbs left to go (I don't have a goal weight anymore...) I still get overwhelmed, and have to break that down. So here are some ways that I set goals that are both attainable, but challenging, and time constrictive.
1. Pick a thing. Be specific. It could be a number, (weight, pant size, miles run, anything) or an event, or anything really. It just needs to be specific.
2. Pick a date. A goal without a date is just a dream. Dates will help you plan, and give you a time frame to work off of. Pick a date that is attainable, and move it up a week. Challenge yourself a little.
3. Make a plan! You can pick a thing and a date, but without a plan, nothing's gonna happen.
Now that the pressure of "New Year's Resolutions" is over, it's time to start setting goals and making plans!
How do you set goals? What are your goals for January?