Need to lose a few pounds before Spring but the long, cold winter days are leaving feeling unmotivated and “blah”? There is a way out! Get yourself on track to a happier, healthier you this winter by setting short-term goals for yourself.
Be realistic, your ultimate goal is making lifestyle changes, not just temporary adjustments.
Giving yourself plenty of time to accomplish your goals will allow you to adjust to one change before diving into another, therefore breaking up one big challenge into several smaller ones. This makes it easier for you to commit to your new lifestyle without feeling overwhelmed.
Your first goal may be to exercise regularly and drink more water. Keeping up the motivation
to exercise on a cold winter day instead of curling up under a warm blanket on the sofa can be difficult. However, in addition to losing pounds, regular exercise will help you lose the winter blues as well. Exercise is proven to improve mood, mental clarity and emotional well-being.
So don’t let the weather slow you down… get out from under that blanket, and keep moving! Participating in the 10,000 Steps Program is an example of ensuring you get enough exercise each and every day.
A second short-term goal example is eating cleaner. Cut out some refined sugar and eat more fresh fruits, vegetable and whole grains. Eating clean will give you the energy you'll need to stay in motion and beat the winter blues. Unsure about how to prepare fruits/vegetables during the winter months when they are not as fresh and plentiful, consider scheduling a consultation with a Registered Dietitian. He/she can give you some great tips/recipes that will both warm you up and trim you down this winter.
Keeping a food and exercise journal is another great short-term weight loss goal. Whether it’s a video journal, online journal, or a spiral notebook, keep track of your goals and your time frames. This will help you stay organized and will remind you of your focus. The journal will also allow you to look back at previous mini-goals so that you can see the progress you have made. And you can write down future goals to stay motivated and excited to tackle your next challenge/goal.
The best part of setting short-term goals...REWARDS. Besides being proud of yourself for setting and accomplishing your goals, you should also treat yourself every single time you successfully accomplish your goal! You earned it!!! Your reward should not be food-related, but instead something that will make you feel pampered. If you reached your goal of toning your arms, buy yourself a sleeveless top. If you drank 8 glasses of water each day, go get a manicure. You get the idea! Your rewards should be tailored to fit your needs. They should be something that will drive you to work harder and then make you feel as though it was worth all of the work. Great rewards will motivate you to stick to your diet and exercise goals, and they will make the road to your overall success even sweeter.
As you accomplish goal after goal, the only thing you’ll “gain” is a healthier, better, stronger and more successful YOU! You have nothing to lose but old habits and extra pounds! If you want to try working with short term goals this winter and can procrastinate until Feb 16th, consider our 10 POUND TAKE DOWN WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE. Give us just one month and we’ll melt up to 10 pounds off of your body and put you on the fast track to lean, healthy and magnificent…
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