Can anyone suggest how I can set a big weight loss goal and achieve it the healthy way without setting myself up for failure?
I have been battling my weight struggle for over 10 years since adolescence. I practically know every trick in the book when it comes to nutrition and fitness. I have ton a ton of research, but when push comes to shove- my actions don't speak louder than words. I have this toxic all-or-nothing attitude and tendency where I either push myself to spend a radical amount of time working out and stay tremendously disciplined on my diet for a few weeks- or I'm ordering an obscene amount of takeout and totally sedentary. I also have that habit of weighing myself every day- obsessing over my "progress." I want to make a change- physically and mentally. I need to lose 20-30 lbs in order to be healthy and content with myself. I just don't want to go crazy and then burn out, as usual. Help?gbpn26 by:
I agree with the other comment--stress will halt your progress too! I say make one change at a time and stick with it before moving on. Say, "I will drink 60oz of water everyday." Then do it--make it measurable, not "I will drink more water." After you have mastered one behavior, go on to another one. I am proud of you for recognizing your behaviors to begin with, because that is a major barrier for a lot of people. I also like to make small, achievable goals like "I will lose 2 pounds by [insert date]" And make it about 10-20 days away, so you are not pressured with an impossible goal. Start small, make new behaviors, then it will come. Good luck to you!!
I've had the same issue and dropped 45 lbs in the past 2 months!!!
I think what is helping me out is setting small goals to achieve the overall goal.
Slowly creeping up to your goal weight is much better than losing 12 lbs in 2 weeks and burning out. I set 2-3 lb goals every week or so and usually end up losing more. I also made a calendar that sets goals and progress over time. It helps you keep motivated seeing how far you have come. Overall you shouldnt be stressing out about your weight loss!!!!
Set smaller goals that support your bigger goal. Its disheartening to have a goal that won't be reached for a while. We need the successes to remain motivated. So set your first goal for 5 lbs then 10 or whatever works for you. I find that this keeps me very motivated. :)
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