Make May Count
We are four months out from our New Year’s Resolutions, and chances are you can’t remember what you promised you would do. There are a variety of reasons for this, but a common reason for failure to stick to a goal is intimidation. We set goals that are just ambitious enough to allow us to give up. The solution is to divide these crazy goals like losing 100 pounds, fitting into a size 2, or running a 7 minute mile, into smaller milestones that will give us the momentum we need to reach the final goal. Here is an example of a goal that could be broken up into smaller milestones. Losing 20 pounds. If you are ready to commit to losing 2 pounds per week, you should reach your goal in 10 weeks. This isn’t the end of it though. Within each benchmark, make something a focus. For example, week 1 will be a focus on staying under my calorie limit. Then once that is mastered (maybe give that one two weeks), add in drinking enough water for the next week. I am a visual goal-setter, so I would make checklists and daily check-ins to keep myself on track. To be successful, it’s all about being purposeful and developing the right habits.
A few weeks ago, I did my own set of milestones to readjust my macronutrient (protein, fat, carbohydrate) intake. I set a 7-day goal of staying within my limits. I didn’t hit it everyday, and one day I went a little over (4/24), but my intentional effort focused on this milestone helped me get into the rhythm that I needed in order to take the next step toward my larger goal of getting to maintenance.
This month, I challenge you to break down your larger goal into a May goal and a specific focus for each week. From there, you can track your daily progress in getting there. If you need help or direction with your health and fitness goals, please reach out to me. I would be more than happy to help you develop a plan to achieve them!