Set Your Goals Now! The Reverse New Year’s Resolution

Set a goal now and feel better by the New Year!

This is a little backwards, I know.  Most people make New Year's resolutions, but I've always liked to make a goal that gets me to New Year's Eve and that little black dress.  I don't want to pass through the holidays unhappy with my weight and down about myself over something or other.  Who wants pictures with all those relatives at Thanksgiving and Christmas with you strategically hiding behind Uncle Morty?  I'd much rather toast my glass at midnight on the 31st thoroughly happy with where I am. October 1st is this Saturday and we'll be heading into the last three months of the year.  Think about where you'd like to be when we get to the close of 2011 and pick a goal or two to achieve before it's time for a new calendar. I have two goals: lose the last bit of weight that I've been working on all year, and get my wardrobe straightened out so I've got great clothes that fit well (I've been struggling on the fit well part!). Remember with goal setting ...
  1. Make them small and attainable. You can always set a new goal once you reach the first one.  But make it relatively easy for you to achieve success so you don't throw in the towel in frustration later.
  2. Spell out your goals. Don't say something amorphous like "lose some weight;" say something concrete like "lose 10 pounds," and then spell out the steps to get there such as (a) do 200 minutes of cardio per week (b) eat five servings of fruits and vegetables per day and (c) stop after-dinner snack sabotage!  That'll work much better, don't you think?
  3. Reward yourself. When I reach my goal weight, sprucing up my wardrobe will be a reward, although it's also a necessity. Knowing that I look good and feel confident will go a long way!  Just please make your rewards around something other than food, unless it's taking that healthy cooking class you've been dying to attend.
Other than that have fun, dream big (okay, biggish!), and look forward to your reward.  Let me know if you'd like to join me in the Reverse New Year's Resolution and we can kick it off this Saturday when October rolls around. Cheers, Lisa

About Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson here. I've been a personal trainer since 1997, a Pilates instructor since 1998 and the owner of Modern Pilates since 1999. I'm hoping to give you some good ideas to get or stay in shape with a healthy dose of humor and reality. Thanks for joining me.

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4 Responses to Set Your Goals Now! The Reverse New Year’s Resolution

  1. Paul Cunningham September 27, 2011 at 9:49 am #

    I don’t think any amount of weight loss will make me look good in a dress, so I’ll settle for fitting back into all the cool t-shirts I bought 2 years ago just before snapping my ankle and my health spiralling out of control again.

    Looking good here Lisa, congrats on 500 posts too :-)

  2. Lisa Johnson September 27, 2011 at 10:56 am #

    Paul, I’m sure you’ll rock the T shirts … L–

  3. MizFit September 28, 2011 at 6:28 am #

    I am all about the SMART goals and have laid out a map for the rest o of my 2011.

    Now to make it all happen.

    fingers firmly crossed and mindset firmly in the right place.

  4. Lisa Johnson September 28, 2011 at 7:52 am #

    Carla, I know your mindset is *definitely* in the right place, you are one of the leaders. :-)

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