Setting Intermediary Weight Loss Goals

End goals are easy to create. What is your ideal weight and fitness level? When do you want to reach those levels? Setting intermediary goals is more challenging. You need to give yourself enough time to reach your goal and yet not so much time that you can slack off too much.

How many goals should you set?

You need to give yourself at least one month between goals and I wouldn’t set any goals more than 90 days apart. Doing either of these could lead to missing your goals or procrastination. So, the number of goals you need to set is dependent on how long you think it will take to reach your end goal. You should set at least 2-3 intermediary goals to break down your larger target into smaller, more manageable chunks.

Create goals around events

When I set my intermediary goals, I use a calendar to determine my dates and then work backwards to determine the end weight based on how many days are between goals. Those dates should involve holidays, birthdays, special days in your life, etc. You just need a day that means something to you.

For example, my first goal is January 1. When I planned my goal, I knew that I have 30 days to lose the weight for my first goal. Because I am just starting out and expect to lose a lot of water weight the first week or two, I think I can lose 2/3 a pound a day. That works out to 20 pounds.

Reward yourself

Every goal should come with a reward. NOT A FOOD REWARD !!! Rather, a “you” reward. What is something you want? Some new clothes? Go clothes shopping after you reach your second goal. Do you want to take a cruise? Plan one of your goals around a holiday or vacation and take a cruise! You earned it.