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 my birthday – October 7. If I were planning my goal today, I would know that I have 59 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 39.3 pounds – which I would then round up to 40.
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.
In addition to losing weight, I am also making this journey about improving other aspects of my life. Those who know me already know of my anxiety issues that prevent me from traveling far from my home. So, this upcoming year, I plan to break down those barriers and travel more. For some of my rewards, I’m planning on a trip to Memphis and a trip to the beach (not sure where exactly – Savannah, South Carolina, Florida). Traveling will motivate me to lose weight – especially if I am going to fly and have to sit in a cramped airplane for an hour or two!