Get Rid of the Weight Goal!

How many of you set goals? When do you set your goals? What type of goals do you set? Are you new to goal setting? These are just some of the questions that come to mind when I think about setting goals.

For as long as I can remember one of my many “life” goals was to get down to certain weight. I don’t know why I picked that number but I had this set number in my head for years and years and to be honest I still have this little bit of me that would like to see if I could do it. Over the years though I would get so close, 4-5lbs away but still couldn’t reach it. It was hard to step on the scale and see it fluctuate daily and daily I was a failure if the scale didn’t go down. I was naïve in my knowledge that there were so many other factors that could effect daily weight fluctuations. Then one day I gravitated towards something new…..

Jessica introduced me to weight lifting 8 months ago, my eyes were opened to a whole new view on weight and fitness goals. As my body got stronger and started to change, I became more appreciative of what my body could do vs the number that showed up on the scale. Feeling strong felt really good and for once my goals changed.

Why set Goals?

Studies have shown that the benefits of goal setting can have huge impacts on you both mentally and physically.

  • Goals aim to challenge and motivate you.
  • Goals can give you a sense of control over your future as you set your sights on something and work towards it.
  • Goals make you feel more relaxed and organized, as you have a set plan of where to prioritize your efforts.
  • Goals help you focus. Sometimes we get sucked into all the jabber and ideas in our head. Having set goals allows us to focus on a few set tasks and complete those before moving on.
  • Goals allow you to prioritize your time more efficiently. You can easily tell by the task if it’s pushing you towards your goal or just taking you off track.
  • Once you set and achieve these goals you will notice your confidence go up and you start to make even more goals.

I understand that even though there are benefits of goal setting there can also be stress that comes along with. This is the good kind of stress, the kind that pushes us out of our comfort zones. Becoming ok with stepping outside your comfort zone is a great skill to have in your own personal growth. Unless you are willing to take that leap it will be hard for you get to where you really aim to be.

Setting goals can be scary. The pressure of setting a goal, can make us feel nervous because now it’s “real”. We all struggle with the “can I really do this” or “what if I fail” or “I am not good enough” self talk. This self doubt can discourage us to not set goals at all. Rather than letting your mind take you to the failure side of the goal, why not turn that around and tell yourself “I am going to achieve this goal” or “I can’t wait to crush this goal”. Let’s flip the script on ourselves.

Let’s push ourselves for something bigger, it’s easy to every year pick a weight goal and just cruise along hoping some day you get there.

What type of goals do you set?

As my knowledge of fitness and training expanded, I was reminded that there are SO many other goals that could be reached without focusing on the number that pops up on the scale. The thing about a weight goal is that it is ever changing. I could meet my goal one day and then lose it for the next week because of hormones, water or my food choices. Oh and I don’t know how many times we reach a weight goal and then decide we need to go lower! Sky’s the limit right??….wrong! Why not try something new and choose goals that will set you apart from the others.

Some examples of “non-weight” goals that come to mind are:

  • Bench press the bar 10x
  • Doing 5 unassisted pull ups
  • Eating healthier
  • Exercising 4 days a week
  • Deadlift your body weight
  • Getting 8-10K steps per day
  • Improving self talk
  • Investing in personal relationships
  • Learn to cook
  • Change your career
  • Advance your career
  • Better time management
  • Conquer a tough hike
  • Learn yoga
  • Read 10 books this year

You could even break these goals down into sections. Pick 1 fitness, 1 personal and 1 professional goal. As you set and crush these goals you will notice changes in your self confidence and will probably even see yourself pursuing more. Your mindset will shift from the daily “scale” misery, to something of a strong badass babe who’s climbing all those mountains with ease.

Don’t wait until January 1rst

Right now as I am writing this, we are getting close to the new year. The start of a new year is the most famous date to set new goals and resolutions but we have many “January 1rsts” throughout the year. New months, new weeks and even new days. If you wait for a certain date to start working towards your goals, that date might never come.

How many of us have set a “weight” goal at the beginning of the year and vowed to meet that goal by the end of the year?? How many of us have decided after 2 weeks of eating barely anything and only losing 1lb, that you give up?? Me too….But what if our goals didn’t involve the scale at all. How freeing would it be to have a goal of doing 10 push-ups? A goal that you have total control over, sounds amazing to me!

I challenge you to put that weight goal on the back burner for now and try something new.

Honoring your Goals

Everyone has different ways of honoring their goals. Here are a couple examples that I like to use.

  • Vision Boards
  • Type them up and print – Hang up around the house
  • Say them out loud
  • Tell to friends and family
  • Set aside specific time during the day to focus solely on your goals

Whatever scenario works for you to keep your goals present and active in your mind, do it!

You are more than your Weight

To wrap this up, you are so much more than what that scale says. Fixating on an ever changing number can be draining and unfulfilling. Choosing goals that can help you achieve the lifestyle you want will benefit you in the long run. Life is too short and you are too important to have your only goal in life be what the number on the scale says! 💖

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