Feb 05 2016

How To Keep Focused On Your Goals

Dry January has ended. Christmas seems long since gone and the over-indulgences that drove our January fat loss focus are starting to become a distant memory. Social events start to creep back in, life takes over – and it’s easy to see those goals we set with such decisiveness and…

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Dry January has ended. Christmas seems long since gone and the over-indulgences that drove our January fat loss focus are starting to become a distant memory.

Social events start to creep back in, life takes over – and it’s easy to see those goals we set with such decisiveness and focus just a few weeks ago start to take a backseat.

It’s not that those goals are any less important, it’s not that we want to achieve them any less – it’s just that we start to realise that they might be harder to achieve than we first thought.

So here’s a few ways you can stay focused on your goals, and make sure you get there after all!

Break Long Term Goals into Actions

It’s all very well wanting to lose 10kg, but how does that affect your decision making process from day to day? What are you going to do EVERY day, EVERY week to ensure you hit that goal? You’ve probably heard of SMART goals before….you need to apply the same principles to getting in shape. Your plan needs to be specific and it needs to be measurable. Saying “I’m going to lose weight” is simply not enough.

It’s the HOW that’s important. For me it’s about committing to taking actions every single day, let me give you a few examples of my own:

  1. I log my food in MyFitnessPal at the beginning of each day, so I know exactly what I’m going to eat for each meal – once it is already logged there is less excuse to deviate from it
  2. I commit to walking 105,000 steps a week on my FitBit. That means I aim for 15,000 a day. I have to be active all week, BUT it still gives me the flexibility to have a lazy day at the weekend – as long as I balance it out elsewhere. Simply moving more is the most underrated tool you have!
  3. I PLAN to have one dinner out where I eat what I like every 2 weeks PROVIDING I have hit my goal for that two weeks. Rewards are for hard work and success – you have to earn them. Unplanned ‘cheat’ or treat meals are detrimental to overall progress because they put you in a negative mindset. The frame of mind that comes with knowing you screwed up leads to more mistakes and more slips ups further down the line and needs to be avoided at all costs.

 Set the RIGHT Goals

So, you set yourself a target of 105,000 steps a week, then you miss that target….what happens now? For most people, absolutely nothing, and that’s where the problem lies! If you set a REALISTIC target, you shouldn’t miss it – plain and simple. Fair enough there might be the odd set of extenuating circumstances that causes this to happen…but on the whole there should be no excuses.

Generally people set goals that are too lofty – which results in disappointment when they are not met. Once you’ve messed up a couple of times, its easy to see how the ‘can’t do it’ thoughts start to creep in and it becomes a self fulfilling prophecy! I’m not saying don’t aim high, I’m saying make sure you don’t expect more than the laws of physics can produce!

  1. Put your goals in writing and check in against them every single week
  2. Share your goals with the important people in your life so they can hold you accountable
  3. Don’t plan on giving up chocolate completely if chocolate is your favourite thing in the world! Its unrealistic and it’s impractical. Build it into your plan in a structured way then you can enjoy it without feeling guilty.

Like anything in life, getting in shape is as much about having the right plan and structure in place than it is about what is in the actual plan….as the saying goes, there are many ways to skin a cat.

Don’t expect to just wing it and get results – in the same way you wouldn’t just jump in a swimming pool and hope you can swim, don’t plough on through the year with your fitness regime before doing your homework….. and you’ll be sure to reap the awards.

When You’re Ready To Get Serious

Becs

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Becs Cronshaw