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Putting Your Weight Loss Goals into Action

Posted Aug 17 2011 5:20am

How are you on setting goals? I admit to being a consummate list maker, and recently ordered a handy homeschool planner which I can’t wait to fill out. I also love my 2Do app for my new iPhone, and make little lists and goals on scrap pieces of paper.

My personal goals vary depending on the time of year, and what’s going on with my personal and family life.

Family life goals are goals that John and I have set for ourselves as a family, and we both have individual goals that we may or may not share with each other. :)

Having life goals has helped me keep a general focus for my life. For example, getting out of debt is one of my life goals, and by keeping that goal in mind, I’m able to curb my spending to try and reach that very sometimes challenging goal. Another life goal I have is to maintain my weight. (Aren’t you surprised?!)

And to keep that life goal of weight maintenance achieved, I have to make sure that I always keep that goal in my mind. I don’t think about my weight all the time, or obsess over every piece of food that goes in my mouth, but I do always have that goal in the back of my mind.

And because I never let that goal slip out of my memory completely, I find it easier to make the choices that help me achieve that goal. For example, when I’m at a restaurant and everyone is ordering desserts, I find it easy to resist because I know that that Death by Chocolate cake won’t help me continue to meet that particular Life Goal.

Or, if it is cold and wet outside, it may be easier to stay inside snuggled in my bed, but that won’t help me achieve my life goal of weight maintenance either – so I haul myself out of bed and go exercise.

For me this is what occurs when I have choices to make:

I desire to meet that life goal more than I desire to eat junk or not exercise. But in addition to desire, there is action.

When I was morbidly obese, and trying desperately to get under 300 pounds, I had the desire to lose weight and that would have been one of my Life Goals, but desire alone wasn’t enough. I had to get to the point where I was really willing to act on my desire to reach that goal of losing over 150 pounds.

Desire + Action = Results

That’s what I’ve learned throughout my journey of life. Sure I want to get out of debt completely, but I don’t always act like it, and will sometimes buy things because I want them right then rather than waiting for them. That’s desire without action.

How do you put your life goals into motion? Do you have the desire, but like me when I was 300 pounds, sometimes have trouble with the action part? What can you do to meet your weight loss goals?  Diane


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