Have you ever stepped on the scales after following your weight loss plan to a T, only to have them say exactly what they said last week – or worse, it's gone up?
It happens to everyone. And while it can be disappointing, it's completely normal to have weeks where you see no movement on the scales. When it happens, rather than dwell on the disappointment, focus on your other goals.
What if you don’t have any other goals? It’s time to set some. Seeing your weight drop on the scales is just one of many benefits you’ll get from your efforts. It's important to have several goals to focus on during your weight loss journey. My patients often have a list of goals and see progress by crossing things off. This also brings huge satisfaction.
Remember, these are your goals, so make them relevant to you. Keep in mind that while it’s great having goals, if they’re too unrealistic, you may be setting yourself up for unnecessary disappointment. Consider your level of motivation, age, health status, mobility and ability to make permanent changes.
How to create a SMART goal
For the best results, choose a goal that is:
- Specific: What exactly are trying to achieve? Use figures if you can.
- Measurable: How will you measure this to determine if it’s achieved?
- Achievable: Something that you are actually able to accomplish.
- Realistic: Something that is possible for you to achieve in the time frame listed.
- Timely: Give your goal a time frame so you know when to check in.