18 Jul Setting Goals for a Healthy Life
For most people, losing weight is at the top of the to-do list. It’s a goal everybody has and seems to constantly work towards. The funny thing is, most people don’t know what to do with that weight loss if they ever achieve it! Now is the time to set goals not only to lose weight, but to lead a healthy life.
When participating in a weight loss program, it is easy to get caught up in the numbers on the scale, or even to let them control you. This can often lead to stress, obsession, or feelings of failure. Remember that your health is a journey and has many aspects aside from numbers!
One of the most important things that our clients can do is set a goal that has nothing to do with their weight and everything to do with health. This means thinking about the results of your weight loss and what you want it to do for you. Set a goal to be able to climb a flight of stairs without breathing heavily, or to play ball with your kids for an hour. Maybe try to measure how far you can run down the street and improve your distance each time.
Our coaches have found that people often limit themselves to a number on the scale or the measuring tape or even a specific pant size. Those motivators can be effective, but they create a narrow, harmful mindset that makes weight loss competitive instead of joyful and sustainable. Goals like learning how to rock climb or taking a Zumba class regularly allow you to see and enjoy the results of your hard work, which will motivate you to keep the weight off and stay active for the rest of your life.
Whatever it is, make sure you set a goal that focuses you outside of the scale and within reality. That way, you’ll notice your results more frequently and will gain encouragement from your own success!