What. is. up? It’s the first full week of January and I’m pretty flippin’ fired up. Or maybe it’s the espresso I just had. Yeah, it’s definitely the espresso, but I’m still pretty happy. Which on a grey 25ºF day in January is saying something. 2016, I’m diggin’ yo vibes.
It’s Wednesday and that means I’m sharing a day of food, plus we’re chatting healthy weight loss. Today’s topic is all about goals.
Goals can be such a great tool for getting to a destination, but for weight loss they can be dangerous in the long run (which is what this blog is all about).
Breakfast: Overnight Oats with p28 gingebread pb, granola & blackberries
What Goals Are Good At
- Goals, are tools to motivate you to get to a destination, a finish line, a result, an “after”
- Goals can look like “lose 30 lbs.” “get fit for a big event” or “run a half-marathon”
- Goals can help you see the big picture then break down your path to success
Where Goals Fall Short
However, rather than a short burst of intense motivation and hard work, weight loss and achieving a healthy, happy weight range isn’t really about a finish line. Goals fail when it comes to after the “after.” It’s why myself and so many other people have failed in the past. We turned what should have been a lifestyle/habit change into a goal.
What I didn’t realize before, was losing weight fast is actually pretty easy. It’s easy to put your body under major stress for a short period of time and drop pounds unhealthily. But it almost never works. In my case I went too far.…and later crashed and burned and after than fell into a vicious cycle of extremes. Some people hit their “goal” but never learned what healthy for the long run really looks like, so they gain it right back.
Lunch: GoMacro bar & a latte at work
In my mind, the goal is FAR less important than the strategy and the game plan to get there. When you focus your energy on maintaining habit/lifestyle changes with no “end date” no “finish line” weight loss is often the natural result.
Ok, so lifestyle change is good, focusing on a number goal alone isn’t a forever solution, but what does that mean when you do want to lose weight?
It means when you make lifestyle changes for long term weight loss instead of just a short term weight loss goal, you need to plan what “forever healthy eating” looks like for YOU. Not Suzy who’s swears by veganism or Joey who preaches paleo. Maybe those do work for you, but it’s ok if they don’t.
Post workout: (inhaled it pre-picture) 1 scoop of vanilla vega protein + 1 frozen banana + 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
For me personally, I’ve found it’s HOW I eat that makes a big difference. When I focus on eating meals I love, instead of what I think I’m “supposed to eat” I don’t snack mindlessly. Not putting any “restrictions” on what I can and can’t have really works. Often I’ll pick the salad because I like it, but if I’m having pasta there’s no guilt, I’m not “cheating” and I’m still moving in the right direction.
My motto for the last month has been “One day at a time, one pound at a time.” It reminds me that I need to enjoy every day. Not focus on one goal and sacrifice everything to get there. I have a range in mind but it’s flexible, and I’ll get there slowly, without deprivation.
Dinner: Butternut squash & barley cheese bake with arugula and edamame
Starting weight: 144 lbs.
Current weight: 141 lbs.
Goal weight range: 125 – 130 lbs.
Current Week of Sweat with Kayla: BBG Week 1
Self-love-o-meter: I listened to a Drake playlist during my last workout and felt like a boss.