Registered Dietitian and SlimFast Plan Consultant, Maryann Walsh explains one excellent strategy to help you break down your goals, and make them feel less overwhelming so you can succeed.
There’s a popular saying, “mind over matter” and this relates perfectly to any weight loss or health journey! It is of course, extremely important to physically prepare for a weight loss journey. Making sure meals and snacks are prepped and readily available or making sure your sneakers and exercise clothes are ready for you to throw on for a workout of your choice, help increase the chances of success. It’s also incredibly important to get your mind in the game as well!
One of the best ways to mentally prepare is to write it out on paper! Who or what is your “why” for losing weight? While it’s great to have people you love as your “why”, it’s also perfectly ok for your “why” to be yourself!
Do you want to lose weight to feel more confident? Do you want to lose weight to feel healthier so you can keep up with your children/grandchildren? How much weight do you want to lose in how much time? Write it all out!
You may have heard of “smart” goals, they are a popular concept because they help you easily break down your goals to make them feel more “real” and less overwhelming. Here is an example of how someone could set a smart goal for weight loss:
S Specific – how many pounds do you want to lose?
M Measurable – this goal is measurable thanks to using a scale.
A Achievable- is this goal achievable? Is it a realistic and healthy weight loss goal for your body type and individual health goals?
R Relevant- Is this important to you/relevant to other long-term goals of yours? An example: Are you just deciding to start a weight loss journey because one of your friends is starting a weight loss journey and wanting you to tag along? Or is this something you truly want for yourself?
T Time Bound – Let’s face it, deadlines or time frames help give us framework for how we will structure reaching our goals. By having a specific time frame, you are setting yourself up for success by setting a time goal. Example: Setting a goal of losing 15 lbs in 2 months.
Once you set your SMART goals, write them down and hang them up in a place where you can see them! Accompany your goals with positive photos or motivational notes to your self in places you will see daily like the bathroom mirror where you get ready or on the refrigerator door!
If you are a member of one of the SlimFast Together Communities, you can see for yourself numerous success stories and tips from others as to how they kept their head in the weight loss game! Come join us!
A consultant of the SlimFast Plan, Maryann is a Registered Dietitian with Bachelors degrees in Biological Sciences and Dietetics and a Masters of Food and Nutrition. She has extensive experience working with clients of all ages and from all walks of life, helping them to achieve their wellness and weight-loss goals. Learn more about Maryann.