I’ve been thinking a lot lately about goal setting, and why it’s so important to set a goal in whatever you want to do, whether it is weight loss, or getting a new job, or moving to a new state. But what’s more important than setting a goal?? TAKING ACTION!! If you notice in all the weight loss success stories I have done is that in order for these people to change their lives for the better and finally shed the weight, what did they do? Did they think about it, did they read about it, did they talk to their friends about it or did they take the steps necessary to actually achieve their results? I think the ACTION part is harder than the goal or dream.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with a Life Coach for the last month. Her name is Karyn and she’s AWESOME! What has it done for me? Well, for one, I am actually taking the steps I need to make my dreams and goals a reality AND being consistent with it. How many times have you made a plan to eat better and do great during the week, but over indulge on the weekends? That’s not going to get you anywhere! Has it been hard so far? Nope! In fact, if anything its made me think of my future in such a more positive way than before when I was just talking the talk, but not walking the walk.
So, what changes have I made in my weight loss efforts this last month? I will tell you!
Walking to and from work every day (3.2 miles)
Finally got my running shoes on and have started running (okay jogging!) again
No seconds after dinner – the kitchen is CLOSED!
Planning ahead and making great breakfasts and lunches!
No food at work (other than the food I bring) meaning no donuts, leftovers from luncheons, etc…
No cookies, ice cream or junk late night!
Writing stuff down in my journal
Since my main goal is still weight loss, one of the things I’ve been focusing the most is the plan I am following which is a LIVE IT diet, not a “DIET”. If you notice the word diet has the word DIE in it. Because for most of us, going on a “diet” means that you feel like you are about to die! You restrict your calories too much, or go on a food plan that makes you not eat certain foods, or you have to follow too many rules, and after a while (or a few days!) we give up because it’s too much!
A LIVE IT diet is one that you get to eat the foods you LOVE, but in the correct portions. You make subtle changes to make certain things healthier, such as using olive oil instead of margarine, or baking things instead of deep frying them. You try new fruits and veggies and expand your horizons. You have fun getting creative in the kitchen finding new ways to make things better for you and your family. You are not DEPRIVED in any way, shape or form. You make your eating experience a treat and enjoy every morsel. It’s not drinking a can of Slim Fast for lunch, or microwaving a meal in a box for dinner. It’s eating REAL food that tastes amazing and spicing it with your favorite spices. That’s the plan I am on and I am loving it!
The other reason I wanted to mention goals is that time goes by so fast that unless you write down what you want and what it will take to get there; it’s never going to happen!
Did you have any goals at the beginning of the year? Are you still working towards them, or has time just passed by and your not anywhere closer to where you want to be?
I am inviting you to leave in the comments section one thing that you would like to accomplish this year and I URGE you to TAKE ACTION!
I haven’t weighed or measured myself all month, so my weigh in date is this SUNDAY, so I am hoping for good results. Even if it doesn’t show up on the scale, I feel great and I know every day gets me closer to my dreams coming true!
I leave you with this quote:
Michael Altshuler: “The bad news is time flies. The good news is that you are the pilot.”