The year is half over. How are you doing on your weight loss and fitness goals? Are you still sticking with it like Babe Ruth hitting every goal with precise aim? Or have you slid into that mid-year slump like Mickey Mantle slid into home plate? Some days, I’m Mickey Mantle. Some days, I’m Babe Ruth. If you see this pattern in yourself, it’s time to re-evaluate your aims to see what no longer works. However, if this is your first foray into formal fitness goal setting, check out my tips on setting goals.
Re-evaluate Your Attitude
So what? You fell off the proverbial wagon. Do you my favorite thing about that wagon? You can get back on it. It is YOUR wagon. It didn’t run off without you. Since wagons have no feelings, they do not judge you for falling off.
You aren’t a bad or weak person because you gave into dessert (or a bag of Doritos and tub of sour cream) one night – or even several nights. Even if you only stuck to your goals 30 minutes on January 1 and didn’t look back, you are NOT a bad human being.
Write it on your mirror in liquid chalk. “I am not a bad person.”
Bad people hurt others. Because you made these goals for yourself, not following them does not make you Freddie Kruger.
If you are earnest about fitness or weight loss, it just means you to need to reevaluate goals and actions in your life. Let’s start with your attitude! Seriously! You’ve got some outstanding qualities. Enumerate them!
Why Did you Slide? Re-evaluate your goals
- Too much at once: When I started my weight loss journey, I discovered I was doing too much at once. I immediately ran for that 10,000 count step goal. At the end of the day, if I still hadn’t achieved it, I found myself jumping on my husband’s treadmill in the middle of the night to get in those last steps. I was wearing myself out. I had to break it down by half and build up.
- Boredom: Because I get bored doing the same thing every day, I look for variety in my routine. I signed up for Cook Smart‘s meal planning service and Daily Burn. Daily Burn offers a new 30-minute full body workout every day and offers 100’s workouts. CookSmarts sends me a new meal plan every week. I just put together the shopping list and cook the food. Since I always have something to new to do or eat, I don’t get bored. When you re-evaluate your goals, look for ways to keep it interesting!
- Just Unmotivated: Maybe your goal just wasn’t that important to you? No, seriously! I’m not pointing fingers, here. It’s your goal. You set it. You don’t instantly morph into a heinous killer if you don’t follow through. However, if you want to lose weight but are having trouble sticking to your routine, maybe you should re-evaluate your motivation. Until you are doing it for you, you may have trouble finding the motivation and stick-to-it-ivness.
- Too Busy: I hear this one a lot. I even try to tell myself this. If you are so busy that you can’t sneak in 15 minutes a couple of times a day to take care of yourself, you are too busy. Trim the fat. Look at your schedule and see what alternatives exist. For example, I found that digging for new and exciting healthy recipes ate my schedule slap up! Cook Smarts meal planning service shaved hours out of my week! I don’t even have to make up the grocery list. They do it for me. While you re-evaluate your goals, look for ways you can lighten the load in your own schedule
- Overwhelmed: Sit down with a pad of paper, or your phone’s note taking app, and write down your current targets compared to original goals. If you are farther down the road than you were when you started, you’ve made progress! The last few
daysweeks were difficult, but you still made progress. Consequently, if you made it half way to your goal, your new target is half as far! Hopefully, seeing how far you’ve already come will get you moving in the right direction.
Re-evaluate your goals to determine what works for you and what doesn’t. If you missed your target, figure out why. Because a person’s value should be tied to more important metrics than weight, do not tie your self-worth to weight loss. Don’t underestimate the progress you have made. And, if you haven’t made progress, find out what your motivation is.
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