Anyone who knows me knows I love Weight Watchers. I especially love the Weight Watchers app. For me, it’s a way of staying on track and in control, similar to My Fitness Pal for other people. This week I was -68 points, and that doesn’t even include my lattes which I don’t track..
The week before I was -61, and the week before that I was negative 92 points. Most people would panic at that but I look at those negative numbers as a positive. That’s because, when most of us start a diet we start with 1 goal, lose weight. And in that being our only goal, we completely forget to recognize other successes. But not only that, we set ourselves up for failure.
I started a new job about 6 months ago and it was a major life change for me, a change that had me feeling all kinds of emotions. And because of that I started emotionally eating. And I didn’t want to diet, but I also didn’t want to gain so I thought of another goal I could accomplish. I texted my friend and said, I’m going to track in my app until my birthday, keep me accountable.
My goal was to simply track my food in my weight watchers app, I said nothing about what foods I would track, just that I’d track. Sure enough, it’s helped me stay healthy both physically and mentally.
I believe it’s so important to pick goals that don’t involve losing weight but make weight loss happen in the meantime. Because when you do that, you’re becoming healthy both physically and mentally.
It’s a small thing to focus on, that can fit into your life, without feeling overwhelming. And surprisingly, these habits do stick. So if you started your diet this Monday morning, I challenge you to redirect your thinking, pick a smaller goal that you can accomplish.
Here’s my advice in setting goals to set yourself up for success:
- Add something to your life, don’t take something away. (For example, instead of saying I’m not going to eat chocolate, say “I am going to eat two pieces of fruit a day”)
- Give yourself a specific end date. (ie: I am going to eat two pieces of fruit everyday until Dec. 9, 2018) I would try to keep your time frame around 1 month, not much longer
- Tell someone. Tell your best friend, a co-worker, your mom, me! (firstname.lastname@example.org) anyone that you respect and love that will kindly keep you accountable. I will happily be anyone’s person who is reading this.
And if you’re rolling your eyes and saying, “yeah nicole but I need to lose 50 pounds by next Tuesday, I need something more aggressive”, gently remind yourself all the times you’ve tried a more aggressive approach and failed… so try this instead…
And I want everyone to remind themselves that maintenance is success. It’s not just about losing weight, it’s about not gaining also. That’s just as important and these little goals are so instrumental in that!