Sunday, April 5, 2009

Before Setting Your Goals...

It's easy for a person to want to change poor habits, lose weight, or get in better shape, but the difficult part is actually carrying out your plans. Before you decide to do any of these things you should determine what your motivation level is and how committed you really are. Here are some questions you might ask yourself prior to making any major lifestyle change.

Is your spouse/family supportive of your goals?
Does your schedule allow you to exercise or eat as you are planning?
Are the goals you set in harmony with your budget?
In the past, have you ever weighed as much as your goal weight?
Are you motivated for health or cosmetic reasons?
Do you have someone to be accountable to for your results?
Do you have any medical conditions that may interfere with your goal?
How long did it take you to gain the weight you want to lose?
Is anyone close to you trying to sabotage your efforts?
Is your planned lifestyle change drastically different from your current habits?

I'm not trying to talk anyone out of achieving better health, I just think it is helpful to identify potential challenges before you hit them. It's not fun to fail over and over again. People need to be realistic and take an honest assessment of where they are before they can move to where they want to be. In order to have success in reaching your goals, you need to specifically define what you want and then determine what it will take to achieve your goals.