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Old 01-13-2015, 11:29 AM   #1
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So I wanted to share a tidbit of advice that I think may be common knowledge for some, and helpful for others.

This is a very popular time of the year for setting goals. It's exciting and motivating.

I think it's important that you set your goals in "chunks" and not yearly goals. While I might set vague and/or “lofty” goals for a year (or longer), I only get into the nitty gritty for three months.

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Because in my experience, 3 months is the perfect time frame for planning. You can get a LOT done in 3 months. And it's almost like a "light at the end of the tunnel".

1 year is too long. If you aren't achieving smaller goals, you may lose motivation and momentum. And without momentum you procrastinate.

So in short: set smaller, attainable goals for 3 months from now. Win those small battles. Winning the small battles helps build momentum. Once you have that momentum going, nothing can stop you!
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I completely agree. That's why I've been getting my DXA scans (which results in re-evaluating & re-setting my goals) every 3.5 months.

Mind you, I also have a reward at the halfway point for calorie logging. I find it necessary for me because after 2 months I'm starting to fall off track otherwise.

I suspect we all have our own attainable goal lengths, but I don't think there are very many people out there who would work well with a one year time scale. Probably it ranges from about a week to four months, I think. And it depends on the goal, too. Easier things might not need as much follow up, but weight loss ain't easy!
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Old 01-13-2015, 11:38 AM   #3
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I think this is great advice; I would only add that some (if not most or all) of your goals should be action-based goals rather than results-based goals.

A good action-based goal is "stay on plan for three months," or "get to the gym 4 times a week for three months," or "try a new recipe once a week for three months" or "only eat chocolate once a week for three months."

A results-based goal is "lose 15 pounds in three months" or "wear size 8 in three months."

I much encourage the action-based type of goal because it is based entirely on what you do or do not do; whether you meet the goal or not is within your control. Results-based goals can be more frustrating because the results often depend upon factors that are beyond your control. You can control what you eat; it's harder to control the rate at which you lose weight. You can control how often you exercise; you cannot control whether the weight comes off your hips or some other part of your body.

So, I strongly encourage you: Focus on your actions and let the results follow.
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I suspect we all have our own attainable goal lengths, but I don't think there are very many people out there who would work well with a one year time scale. Probably it ranges from about a week to four months, I think.
You're right! I should have said that 3 months was best in my OPINION. Everyone should find out what time frame works best for them. If you are brand new to goal setting, try 1 week. Sure you might not lose much in 1 week, but it helps train your mind.

1 week goals are perfect for winning those small battles. Which I truly think are key!

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So, I strongly encourage you: Focus on your actions and let the results follow.
YES! Great addition.

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