Hello readers! I am Ash Z from Ash’s Right Direction. I am a late twenty-something with a wonderful husband, an adorable toddler, and the desire to get fit and healthy. I have a busy life which makes it tricky to fit in exercising and eating right, but I try my hardest. I have lost a little over 50 pounds so far and I have another 25 until my goal weight.
My main topic on my blog is usually weight loss and fitness so I wanted to talk a little about goals today. We all set goals in life and those of us that are trying to lose weight set goals all the time! Sometimes though we set crazy goals for ourselves and set ourselves up for failure and/or disappointment.
You do not go from the left photo to the right photo over night or even in a month. The difference between the photos is three years (and a baby lol) and a lot of work and willpower.
I, like many others, set big goals for myself in the beginning of this journey. I wanted a quick fix to being overweight (hint: there are no quick fixes). I learned after a few disappointments that goals should not be unrealistic. Here are a few tips I have for setting goals for yourself.
- Make them realistic – You will not lose 30 pounds in two months. Start with 5-10 lb increments. I like to set a goal of ten pounds in two-three months. I have learned from my body and my willpower that I am not one to lose 10 lbs in a month or even two. My goal for this summer is to get into the 150s. I am currently hovering around 170 lbs.
- Start small – This one kind of goes with the last one. You may have an “ultimate” weight in mind for yourself, but don’t focus on that. Focus on losing the first 5 lbs, then the next 5lbs.
- Make goals that are specific – Instead of saying “I am going to workout 6 days a week.” Say “I am going to run on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, then do a Jillian DVD the other days with one rest day.”
- Reward yourself – When you reach your first 10 lbs lost go get a manicure or when you finally fit into those jeans you wore 5 years ago go buy a top to go with them. I tell myself I cannot get my hair cut and colored until I reach a certain goal, now I need this done a minimum of every 3 months (I am cheap and don’t have the money to spend on more frequent visits) so I do not want to extend it any longer than 3 months so I work hard to meet my goal.
- Write your goals down – Writing goals down helps keep you accountable. I feel like they are real when they are on paper, on my blog, on the fridge, etc. Other people are seeing your goals and might be watching to see if you meet them.
Summer is a perfect time to set goals for yourself. They will help reel you in when summer parties and “get togethers” are in full swing and you want to eat all of the food! Basically goals help you stay on track and have you working for something. I do a lot better when I have an incentive or something I am working toward.
Thanks Kelly for letting me take over your blog today 🙂 Hopefully these tips help you in whatever journey you may be on. Have a great summer and try to stay on track!
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