A 2011 study, reported by Fox News, indicated that the average American weighs about 20 pounds more than they did 20 years ago. It’s pretty obvious by just looking around at all the overweight people out there. Unfortunately, for many Americans, so few people will actually lose weight and keep it off. It’s more of a dream. A dream without a goal is just a wish. A goal without a plan is just a dream. Most people are further away from their goal weights now than ever before. The more people I talk to, the answer to that is quite obvious. Most people think it’s too hard because they feel they have to diet, starve themselves and work out for hours at a time just to lose the weight AND no one thinks they can keep it off forever.
Like I’ve said a million times, I HATE DIETS because they don’t work. I refuse to put anyone on a diet. Part of the weight loss process is setting healthy goals and taking the action you need to actually meet those goals. It is not enough to say, “I’d like to weigh 130 pounds” but not do anything about it. Most of my life I said I wanted to lose weight and would go on a diet. I would lose some weight, and after a short while (maybe a month or two) would just give up because I was starving or the event I was losing weight for had passed or whatever my excuse was at the time. Then I would gain all the weight back PLUS MORE! I was an expert yo-yo dieter. I dieted my way up to 245 pounds at one point. I was great at making up excuses why I couldn’t lose the weight, meanwhile I was getting bigger and bigger and sicker and sicker.
Once I finally had my A-HA Moment, and made the decision to lose weight once and for all, I realized I needed to set some goals. Setting real, healthy goals and acknowledging the need to lose weight are one of the first steps to take when losing weight. Although I did not set a specific goal weight when I began to lose weight, I had set a specific size I wanted to be. That was a size 12 because that was the smallest I had ever remembered being. I was a size 12 in 4th grade, a 13/14 in 5th grade. I had weighed 150 pounds when I was 10 years old. Well, now I am a size 4 and I weigh LESS NOW than I did when I was 10 years old, I lost 130 pounds and I’ve kept it off for 17 years!
Here are a few goals that I had from my original list from way back when (obviously, my goals kept changing over time):
– Be able to climb a set of stairs without huffing and puffing or falling up the stairs.
– Not wake up every morning with my legs and feet turning purple with stabbing pain once I stood up.
– Learn to make meals that were yummy and healthy.
– Getting under 200 pounds.
– Stop shopping in the plus sized section.
What are some of your healthy goals that have helped you move beyond just talking about getting healthy and actually doing it?