Last week I declared my war on fat. With only around 25 – 30lbs left to my goal weight, it’s time to put my head down and focus and I thought this would be an opportune time to take you all along for the ride so you can see, first hand, how I’ve been able to lose over 100 pounds so far and how it’ll take me to the end of my goal and beyond. To show you that you don’t need to have a special kind of personality or be perfect to get the weight off, you just need to be determined and commit to your goal – whatever it takes!
I’ve always agreed with the adage “Failing to plan is planning to fail” and for any goal to be successful, you need to plan! So how do you plan for weight loss? By knowing your why, creating an effective goal and then creating action steps to make it happen!
Know Your Why
If you don’t know why you’re doing something you’re more likely to quit before you start because you don’t have any internal motivation to do it. So why do you want to lose weight? Dig deep and toss aside any “motivation” that has to do with getting someone off your back (i.e., your Mom keeps nagging you). Why do you want to lose weight? Is it for health reasons? To be a good example to your kids? To play better at your favourite sport? Everyone has a different why and oftentimes those why’s change after time. When I made the commitment to lose weight in 2007, my why was to become healthier. Although I wasn’t sick, I knew that heart disease ran rampant through my family and I was at a huge risk simply from being obese (my cholesterol was already alarmingly high). I knew that if I didn’t do something now, my likelihood of having a heart attack at a young age was fairly definite. Now? Although I’m not yet at my goal weight, I’m as a healthy as a horse. So what’s my why now? Motherhood. My husband and I plan to start having a family soon and I want to prepare my body for pregnancy and make sure it’s fit and healthy for as “easy” a childbirth as possible. Also, I want to prepare my body for after childbirth so that it’ll bounce back quicker than if I wasn’t prepared. It’s important for me to do what I can to prepare and then have the energy necessary to keep up with my kids as they get older!
Create An Effective Goal
We all know I love me some S.M.A.R.T Goals! That means your goals should be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely! Here’s my goal according to the S.M.A.R.T. Goal principle:
My goal is to lose two dress sizes (specific & measurable) by doing the Insanity program and eating 1500 calories per day by December 31, 2012 (again, specific & measurable but also attainable & realistic – Insanity is a 60 day intense workout that will help me to lean out and tone up – although Christmas will fall during this time I will be making a plan to make sure that I add an extra workout on party days – as well as timely as I have a deadline).
Create Action Steps
If you want to achieve a goal you need to know how to get there or else you’re going to get totally lost so you’re going to have to make an action plan and an action plan for weight loss must include: fitness, nutrition and commitment. You need to know what your exercise is going to be (and schedule it), you need to know your individual caloric intake needs (and plan how you’ll get this in on a daily basis) and you need to be committed.
My action steps are to do the Insanity fitness program (which I’ve pre-scheduled into my calendar already), this week I’m sitting down and making my meal plan for as far ahead in advance as possible and I’ve committed by hosting and joining a fitness challenge that will keep me accountable (group fitness challenges are a great way to stay committed).
Finally, although it’s important to plan for your success it’s almost more important that you just start! You may not know your why right now but that doesn’t mean that you need to wait until you know it to start. Just start! You can still get moving while you work on figuring out your why. My Insanity challenge doesn’t start until Oct. 29th but that doesn’t mean I’m spending my days sitting on my butt and eating crap. I’m still working out every day and tracking my food because it’s important for me to create a healthy body now. It doesn’t matter if you do it wrong, just start! Too many smart people never start anything because they’re too busy putting their ducks in a row. Do it now even if it’s messy, it’ll smooth itself out as you go along!