The main goal of a dieter is to achieve her weight-loss goal. This
is usually way off in the future. An alternative to concentrating on
this type of future-driven, long-term goal is to focus on the actions
required to meet this goal. In other words, your focus won' t be on "I
have this much weight to lose". Your focus will be on the actions you
are taking right here and now, as well as the actions you plan to take
By making your focus the day-to-day actions you take, you increase your chance of successfully reaching your future goal.
Here' s how it works. Say you want to lose 40 lbs. That' s your
long-term weight-loss goal. What will make this goal a reality is how
you plan and act from now until then.
There are two broad areas in which you need to plan and act. They
are the food and the non-food elements involved in losing weight. The
food part has to do with what you eat, how much you eat, and how often
you eat. For the food part, the plan can be to go on a diet, stop
overeating, cut down on junk food, etc. The non-food part is trickier.
It has to do with your relationship with food. It has to do with what
you might be using eating for—like feeling better emotionally,
regulating your moods and temperament, stopping unpleasant thoughts,
etc. Planning and acting are needed in both areas.
There is an added benefit. Shifting your thinking from the future
goal to the actions you are taking in the present actually requires
less effort on your part. Thinking narrowly about only what will happen
at some future date is much more taxing and frustrating than taking it
day by day.
What actions will you be taking today and tomorrow to keep you headed in the right direction?