That being said, many women set a goal to lose weight, which is wonderful. There are lots of benefits to weight loss. Health benefits, shopping is more fun, you feel freer in your own body, and it feels fabulous to finally conquer it if it's been a lifelong struggle.
Is it time for you to lose the weight? If not now, when?
I used to be 50 lbs. overweight. I was so sick of dealing with it, of beating myself up about it, and feeling like it had power over me. After I finally quit smoking, I got determined to conquer the weight thing, once and for all.
Right about that time, I started learning about SMART goals in business. I've always loved the idea of smart goals, because they are clear. That's one of my favorite words, you know. Clear.
Give me a moving target, or information overload, and I go a bit nuts. But give me clear expectations based on the truth, and I'm a happy girl. I'll pretty much go for any goal if it's clear. A good example is our Grand Canyon hike last year. I studied the maps. I knew where each mile marker was. I knew what it would take to train and succeed.
The problem with weight loss, is it has become radically unclear how to do it. There's so much malarkey and marketing around weight loss, we don't even know how to get started. Quick fixes are too tempting. Diets look like a much easier choice than daily exercise. It's all become a distorted mess.
But weight loss is very doable. For everyone! It just requires SMART goals and being clear.
Create goals that are easy to understand.
Ex:) Change body fat from 40% to 35%
Include clear benchmarks.
Ex:) Body composition analysis at set intervals [I've provided details below]
Make goals that are within reach.
Ex:) Increasing muscle and decreasing body fat by 5% is within reach by the end of summer
Take small steps toward success.
Ex:) Clarify weekly goals (food prep and exercise) based on broader goal of adding muscle and losing body fat
Establish start and end dates
Ex:) Focus on weight loss for 90 days, get measured at the beginning and end of time period, then set a new SMART goal based on what was achieved and learned
I love goals. They fire me up. In fact, I tend to wander a bit aimlessly without one. I know they can be scary, if we failed and failed before.
So what. Try again. We can handle a little fear.
If weight loss is your goal, set a start date. Get measured (the info on how to get your body fat % measured is provided below). Then get to work. You will need a plan for strength training, cardio and food prep/nutrition. You will need to get in that weight loss MODE. You know, that mode where you are focused, determined and feeling confident that you will meet your goal.
It's pretty great to conquer this thing, especially if it's been hanging around bringing you down for half your life or more. It's very doable. You might need help. You might need accountability. You will definitely need SMART goals.
Everything else you need is already within you! Confidence, determination, focus, and a desire to never, ever give up. Because...if not now, when?