Do you set goals for yourself when it comes to your health and fitness? I strongly believe that those who set goals have a much higher chance of success. But I also believe that too many people go about setting goals the wrong way.
Usually when I get a new client in my studio, one of the first questions I ask is, "What would you like to accomplish?" Most of the time, clients have specific weight loss goals and will fire off an "ideal weight" they would like to reach. I'm not saying that it's wrong to have a healthy and attainable goal weight... but where most people go from there can really mess up the process.
I'm a HUGE believer in taking your larger goal and breaking it down to smaller goals. Here is what I do personally with all of my clients:
1. We set an 8-week goal for weight loss. It all depends upon each person's current size, fitness level and eating habits, but the average person can lose 1-3 lbs/week. I have seen more (especially during the 1st week) and I have seen less, but over the years this seems to be the standard if you are doing everything the healthy way.
2. Once we have our 8-week goal we divide that number by 8 to get our weekly goal. This is what I want you to focus on each week rather than that "target weight" or even your 8-week goal. If you look too far ahead you can get lost. It can get discouraging if you have a 50 lb goal and you only see a pound or two gone on the scale. But remember it takes time, and when you keep adding up those smaller numbers they eventually equal the big one! Focusing on weekly goals can give you a victory every week, keeping you pumped up and motivated!
3. Once you have your weekly goals, you then need to get into the mindset of thinking about today and what you need to do today to get to your weekly goal. One of my favorite questions for my clients is, "What have you done TODAY to get to your weekly goal?"
Along with breaking down your big goals into smaller weekly and daily goals, I am a huge believer in writing down two copies of:
a) Your 8-week goal, with the exact date you will reach your goal.
b) The real reasons why you want to reach your goal.
c) The action plan that is going to help you reach your goal.
Keep one copy for yourself and give the other copy to your trainer or someone else who can hold you accountable.
Now, what are you waiting for? Sit down and get to work on your goals today!
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