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 …
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.