Being on the path to a goal requires two things: knowing where you want to go and knowing where you currently are.
There are a lot of paths that one can take to their health and fitness goals. But none of them work equally well for everyone and it can be easy to stray away.
One of the simplest things you can do to keep yourself from getting lost or distracted on the way to any goal is to take care in how you define the goal. The goal should be:
- simple, and
- meaningful to YOU
Any goal that does not keep you moving forward is no longer a goal, by definition. It’s a burden.
Example. “I want to lose 20 pounds” feels impossibly far off and vague. Instead ask – How does one lose weight? By eating less and moving more. How does one eat less? By deciding to eat less and actually doing it.
Here’s one helpful habit: Put down the fork when you are 80% full every day for 14 days. This is much more manageable than aiming to lose 20 pounds.
There are thousands of websites about goal setting and weight loss but it’s of no value until you decide that it’s something you want to do for yourself.