Adjust Your Goals
"When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps."
- Confucius: Chinese philosopher
What does this mean when it comes to getting rid of excess pounds and maintaining it? A lot.
First, do a reality check of your goals. It's not helpful to say "I'm going to lose XXX pounds" and then hop on the scale all the time to check out your progress. Progress is measured by BEHAVIOR -- not NUMBERS. You should be writing down everything you eat, calculating your carbs, and charting your exercise. I have a great little journal I've created to help you. I don't believe in using online fitness tools to chart your behavior progress because you can't easily go back and see what you did the previous day or week. You need to be able to do this in order to monitor what you're doing.
Next, take a look at what's going on in your life that might be affecting your behavior. Are you under a lot of stress? Bored? Lonely? In a bad mood? Remember my mantra: IT'S NOT ABOUT THE FOOD; IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MOOD. Once you've figured out what's going on in your head, you can adjust your behavior to keep on track. Read my blog, "The Four Toxic Ways to Sabotage Your Weight Loss" on my website. I give you concrete ways to get your head on straight.