Seeing the Big Picture: 3 Ways to Begin Tackling Your Weight Loss Goals

Friday, November 30, 2012

We have busy lives with lots of demands. No wonder it can be so tough to tackle major lifestyle changes —like quitting smoking, being more physically active, eating healthier, and reducing stress!

Check out these 3 ways to start tackling your weight-loss goals- by remembering the big picture.

  1. No goal is an island.

    One of the ways we often deal with all of these demands is to break up our goals into their own little islands. It’s like we have an internal filing system that has a drawer (or cabinet) for being smokefree, another for our friends, another for work stuff, but we don’t always think about how all of these goals fit together. Think about how your weight loss goals fit with the rest of your life.

  2. Sometimes goals go hand in hand.

    Some goals seem to make sense together— like eating healthy and being physically active. And sometimes goals that didn't seem like they fit together actually do. For example, new research shows that exercising while you're trying to quit smoking may make quitting smoking a little easier. Think about your weight loss goals and how they might work with other goals in your life. This is an important part of staying motivated, especially when you feel like you’re in a slump with your progress.

  3. Sometimes goals collide.

    Sometimes it can feel like goals are working against each other. For example, thinking about how to squeeze in time to exercise when you feel like you haven't had much time to yourself— or time for friends and family. Think about how your weight loss goals might conflict with other parts of your life. This will help you to be more aware of challenges you might face so you can make a plan of action.

     

    Ready to develop a big picture plan? Try the My Weight Loss Goals & the Big Picture Activity.



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