Nutrisystem Week 23 Update:
Weight Loss this Week: Total Weight Loss:
I only have one more week left in this 3 month quarter of my Nutrisystem journey. I can’t believe how quickly it goes by. So this week on my Nutrisystem journey I am focusing on looking forward to the next three months and setting goals for myself. I want to plan ahead for a successful quarter and part of that is setting goals for the future.
My Nutrisystem Journey:
As this quarter draws to a close I wanted to spend some time reflecting on what I accomplished the last three months. When I started the three months it seemed like such a long period of time and then before I knew it the end was here. I went by so fast. Next week will be the final week of the quarter and I can’t wait to see what my total loss will be for not only the quarter but also my six month total. I am still shocked at how much I have lost so far. If you had told me six months ago that I would have lost 80 pounds in six months I would have never believed you. It’s been so easy with the Nutrisystem program that it doesn’t even seem like dieting. I still have a hard time believing that I have lost as much as I have, but it’s so exciting.
So since I found out I get to continue working with Nutrisystem as a blogger I decided I should set some new goals for next month. I am a very goal-orientated person so having a goal in front of me to reach and strive for really helps me stay motivated. I get a lot of questions each week about the program and one of them is how do you stay motivated after being on the program this long? My answer is keeping my goals in mind. I have a long term goal that I want to lose overall but that number is really high for me so I have set up smaller goals that I can celebrate achieving as I go. Each quarter I set a goal for how much I’d like to lose for that quarter. With a new quarter coming up it’s time to set a new mini goal.
This quarter my goal was 75 pounds which I was able to reach early. I was really excited to not only reach my goal but met it early. For the next quarter, I would like to try to reach 115 pounds overall. I have been averaging around ten pounds a week so I am hoping to push myself a little and get there by the end of this quarter. We will see how it goes! I hope that you all come back and see how I do and share your own journeys. One of my favorite things is reading stories of what others are doing and how they are staying motivated and losing weight.
Tips & Tricks:
When I was working as a counselor my entire day every day was about setting goals. From years of setting goals and documenting progress on goals every day I have naturally made it a part of my weight loss journey. When it comes to setting goals there are four important things to remember. Your goals should be Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Specific. A quick way to remember that is MARS. All goals must be MARS to be successful.
It might seem like an odd concept to think of goals as measurable but it’s necessary. Every goal should have some unit of measure. So for weight loss it’s usually your weight you will measure or could be inches as well. If a goal is not measureable it can’t be measured so you will not be able to keep track of you progress or know when you have acheived it. If you are working on something besides weight loss find a unit of measure that works for your goal. For example, if you are working on exercising more you could set a time limit of how much you want to exercise. A good unit of measure might be working out three days a week or 30 minutes a week.
When it comes to setting goals it is more helpful to set goals that are things you can achieve. If we set goals outside of our ability then we set ourselves up for failure. If I were to set a goal to lose 50 pounds next quarter knowing that on average I lose 10 pounds a month then I would be setting myself up for failure. It’s better to set goals you can reach to keep your motivation up. If we set goals we fail at we are more likely to give up, but if you once you get that taste of success it motivates you for more.
Basing our goals, in reality, is a great way to be successful. Attainable and realistic are really close in definition. Realistic simply focuses on setting realistic terms for your goals. If I want my weight loss goal to be realistic then I would need to set up mini-goals that will help me along the way to make it realistic. If I am eating poorly and not exercising then it is not realistic that I will lose weight. I am keeping my goals realistic by sticking to my Nutrisystem plan. In the working out goal from before I could keep that realistic by picking out a gym or exercise, I plan to do to achieve the goal.
The last step is simply be specific. When we write down our goals it is more likely that we will meet them. When you write down your goals be specific. Instead of saying I will lose some weight in the third quarter of my journey I am putting a number on it and even breaking it down further by setting a monthly goal to stay on track. In the exercise example we could be specific by saying I will do cardio two times a week and strength training one time a week for 30 minutes. The more specific the better.
So let me know what goals you are working on. I would love to hear about them and if you find this information helpful.
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