Starting and stopping sucks.
Starting a diet, only to feel like you failed a few weeks in, having a little pity party, then start a diet again…It’s no way to live, really, but so many of us (myself included) have lived that way for far too long.
So what can we do about it?
We can get better at planning and executing the goal.
Below I’m talking about 5 mistakes people make when they first set a weight loss goal then telling you exactly how to fix it so you can get laser focused and finally crush that weight loss goal
1. You haven’t written your goal down on paper.
Saying something in your head, or even out loud to a friend, doesn’t cut it. You need to write down your goals, why they’re important to you, and exact steps you can take to help you get there. It will help them feel more real and will help you feel like you have a solid plan in place to make it happen!
2. You aren’t clear on exactly what you want.
“I want to lose weight and feel more confident” isn’t enough. I mean, it’s a fine goal, but you need to get specific.
How much weight? Confident in what way? In your body? At work? In relationships? And then why: How will your life be different once you reach your weight loss/confidence goals? What will life be like if you don’t reach your weight loss/confidence goals?
This is where so many people drop the ball because its “too much work” yet it’s the very reason they’re not reaching their goals in the first place- so don’t be one of those people 😉
3. You’re setting yourself up for failure.
If your goals aren’t realistic, you won’t achieve them. Period. For example, most people can’t go from not working out at all, to working out 6 days a week. Most people can’t go from eating sandwiches and pasta, candy and wine to cutting out all carbs and go Keto forever. Instead, you need to take small, baby steps.
People like to roll their eyes at this one and skip it because baby steps don’t produce fast results and it seems too simple to be effective, but it’s not. My clients lose steady amounts of weight over an extended period of time and they keep it off because we start small. No more stopping and starting, losing and gaining, because they habits they’re forming over time are sustainable.
4. You’re looking for the quick fix.
Shakes, juices, meal delivery services, cutting out carbs…this stuff almost NEVER works for the long term. Yes, you can drink shakes instead of meals and lose weight, but how long is that gonna last? You’re eventually going to get sick of drinking the same stuff or get sick of paying for them, then promise yourself “I’ll just eat the same number of calories” only you won’t, because if you’re not following an exact plan, your mind will start telling you “you’re not doing it right!”
Or how long until you miss pizza? Or wine? Or a freaking banana?!
You weight loss goal has to lead to a way of life. It has to be about changing habits in a way that’s inline with the kind of lifestyle you want to live. For most people I work with, that includes keeping things like wine, fruit and pasta in their diet, so a diet that cuts out all carbs, or a plan that doesn’t require you to chew food, wouldn’t be the best approach. One that allows all things you love would be a whole lot better and a lot more enjoyable.
5. Lastly, you’re not clear on what it takes to reach the goal.
Losing weight isn’t just about cutting calories. That’s one small piece to the big puzzle.
People often overlook the mindset stuff (in a BIG way), the importance of chocolate, the importance of consistent movement, walking, stretching, sleeping, stress management…there are SO MANY pieces to the puzzle that we forget to think about and plan for when it comes to weight loss.
Don’t feel bad about it though- you aren’t supposed to know this stuff- you’re probably not trained in goal setting, coaching or weight loss. Lucky for you, I am!
I have 5 spots open in my calendar for 60-minute STRUGGLE TO SUCCESS GOAL PLANNING SESSIONS.
On this one call, we’re going to
- Write your goals down and get crystal clear on what you want, what you don’t want, how to get you there and why
- Make sure you’re set up for success
- Make sure it’s a sustainable approach
- Lay out a step-by-step plan so you know exactly what to do, when to do it, how to do it and why you’re doing it
The STRUGGLE TO SUCCESS GOAL PLANNING SESSIONS are $129 for the entire hour and planning session. If you’re ready to finally reach your weight loss goal and you’re tired of starting and stopping, gaining and losing, CLICK HERE and let me know you’re interested and I’ll be in touch with the next steps within 24 hours!