Fall off the wagon? Re-evaluate Your Goals!

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Falling off the wagon - Re-evaluate your goals after diet disaster
Falling off the wagon – Re-evaluate your goals after diet disaster

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.

My message on my bathroom mirror.
My message on my bathroom mirror.

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

  1. 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? How you approach the situation may determine how well you get back into the swing of things. Is it time to 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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 days weeks 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.

The Takeaway

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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Happily married to the love of my life. It's just us, our 5 cats, and our beautiful woods. I'm loving living back in the Florida panhandle being close to family. I love cooking, living a healthy lifestyle, taking care of our cozy home, and trying new things.

We enjoy hosting parties and my husband and I are both avid gamers. You can find me on PS4 as SunshineFlaGirl. We also play tabletop RPGs and eurogames.


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Alicia Taylor

Happily married to the love of my life. It’s just us, our 5 cats, and our beautiful woods. I’m loving living back in the Florida panhandle being close to family. I love cooking, living a healthy lifestyle, taking care of our cozy home, and trying new things.

We enjoy hosting parties and my husband and I are both avid gamers. You can find me on PS4 as SunshineFlaGirl. We also play tabletop RPGs and eurogames.

12 Comments

  • Fashionable Librarian

    July 30, 2016 - 6:39 pm

    When you miss a step you brush your self off and keep going. The trick is to make this a lifestyle though

  • Angela Banister

    July 28, 2016 - 7:12 pm

    15 lbs….all in my legs so I really am pear shaped now…but keeping it up and happy about it over here! Your my inspiration

    • Alicia Taylor

      July 29, 2016 - 8:00 am

      That is so awesome! I’m proud of you. Keep at it and the weight will come off all over. I’m happy that I was able to inspire someone.

  • Tammilee Tips

    July 27, 2016 - 4:00 pm

    I have found I tend to set to many goals at once!!! I know for myself I have found smaller goals with steps up is what makes me be more successful and being able to follow through with my goals long term.

    • Alicia Taylor

      July 29, 2016 - 8:01 am

      Me too! That’s one of the main things I address in my blog post about goal setting. I have a tendency to see the big picture with everything and then get discouraged when I don’t reach the ultimate goal overnight.

  • Elizabeth O

    July 27, 2016 - 1:41 pm

    We all fall off our goals at different points in time, and it is comforting to be reminded to get back on track… It’s amazing how easy it is to gain extra pounds and how challenging it becomes to get rid of them. 🙂

  • Nicole Herose Cochingco - Escat

    July 27, 2016 - 8:51 am

    Honestly, I broke my promises again about my diet, it’s really hard to keep your body in diet. So glad you shared this post.

    • Alicia Taylor

      July 27, 2016 - 3:23 pm

      I consider “diet” more of a noun than a verb. It’s hard to always eat healthy, agreed.

  • Kristen from The Road to Domestication

    July 27, 2016 - 7:47 am

    Well, my diet has completely changed due to a nasty little thing called gestational diabetes…so I’ll have to re-evaluate my goals once I’m not incubating anyone 🙂 Great post!

    • Alicia Taylor

      July 27, 2016 - 3:27 pm

      Yep! Diabetes can really throw a nasty monkey wrench in things. Take care of yourself and congrats on the baby!

  • Adriana Martin (@ABRecipes)

    July 26, 2016 - 11:33 pm

    Being on a diet is a difficult thing I guess is all about commitment and wanting to change

    • Alicia Taylor

      July 27, 2016 - 3:28 pm

      Commitment can be tricky – especially when we are pulled in so many directions.

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