One Simple Weight Loss Tip

by Jennifer Boudreau on September 16, 2013

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Attraktive junge Frau auf WaageI love goals! They drive me to do and be more. Prior to kids, I was great achieving just about any goal I set….then I had kids. Wow, it’s amazing how quickly things get challenging once we start cranking out kids. The first kiddo didn’t really impact my goal setting ability, but once we had two, I found it to get more challenging. We ended up having three kids in less than four years, and I’ll be the first to admit my goals consistently take longer than planned to achieve. The good news is there is a great trick to help you stay focused….even in the midst of craziness.

What is the trick? You’ve probably heard it before, but it’s true. WRITE DOWN YOUR GOALS! Why?

–          Those who write down their goals out-perform those who don’t. Harvard did a study on a graduating class and the results were fascinating. According to the study, on average, the 13 percent of the class who had goals were earning twice as much as the 84 percent who had no goals at all. Three percent of the class WROTE down their goals and were earning, on average, ten times as much as the other 97 percent put together. If you don’t think writing down your goals is important, think again. Read more about the study at lifemastering.com. 

–          Writing down your goals makes them seem more real. According to Jillian Michaels on glamour.com, “From a psychological perspective, seeing your goals in writing makes them more real and forces you to form an emotional attachment to them. They become a concrete thing instead of this vague hope tucked away in the back of your mind.”

–          Writing down your goals allows you to be specific. Often times we create a general goal in our head. As an example, we may tell ourselves we’re going to lose ten pounds. Well, that isn’t enough. We have to write down how. We have to write down the specific tasks we’re going to perform to lose those 10 pounds. Write down how many times per week you’re going to work out, what you’re going to do during those work outs, write out an ideal food diary, etc. I ate like a PIG this weekend, so to get back on track, last night I wrote down every piece of food that is going in my mouth today. Trust me, a specific plan of action works.

–          Writing down goals makes for a great reminder. When you don’t write down your goals, you simply forget what you’re working toward. If I haven’t written down that I’m cutting out all sweets for a week, I’ll flat out forget and eat something I shouldn’t.

A few final tips……

Write down your goals often. I do best when I write down my goals every night, but let’s face it, we get busy and forget. If you write down your goals most days of the week, you’ll do great. Some may say it isn’t necessary to do it this often. I’m simply telling you what works best for me. Find what works best for you.

Don’t forget!! Write down short terms goals too. Many think of long term goals such as losing fifty pounds, but don’t have short terms goals. Write down something to accomplish daily. If you need to cut out soda, take it one day at a time and use this as a daily goal. This gives you something to celebrate every day. The short terms goals will help you reach your long terms goals! Also, don’t forget to write down the dates you want each goal to be accomplished.

Good luck! As mommies we get so wrapped up in our kiddos that we often forget about ourselves. It’s possible to be a parent and have goals, it just takes more focus!

Comment below and tell me if you write down your goals.

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