How to Set Realistic Goals
- Possible Pat
- February 18, 2017
The thing that everyone wants to know is, how did I lose so much weight? And I think what most people do, those who only have 20 to 30 lbs to lose, is set a goal. They say, “ok, I need to lose 30 pounds”, and that is their goal.
For people like me, those who need to lose a lot more, this approach is a little different. While goal setting was crucial during my journey, my goals weren’t the same because I didn’t know how much weight I needed to lose. I didn’t know what my end goal was, so I focused on setting smaller goals.
In this post, I’ll show you how to…
- > Set realistic weight loss goals
- > Set realistic exercise goals
- > Set realistic nutrition goals
My first goal was to lose 100 lbs, and while that may seem like a big, long-term goal, when you are 605 pounds it isn’t so big. In fact, I set my goal at 100 lbs because I honestly thought that was all I had to lose. I didn’t have a realistic picture in my head of how much I needed to lose or how I would look after losing that first 100 lbs.
I thought that if I lost 100 pounds, I would be all right, but then once I did, I realized I still had a lot to lose. So I set a goal for another 100 lbs and worked towards that.
Once I lost 200 lbs, I set my goal for 50 lbs and then would work towards that.
And I think setting these smaller goals for myself was more helpful if I had known how much I really wanted to lose. If I had told myself that my goal was to lose 350 lbs, it would have been much easier to get discouraged as I hit 100 pounds, 200 pounds, etc., because I was working and not reaching my goal.
These smaller goals felt more realistic, and I wasn’t chasing an impossible dream. These were weight drops that I could see myself reaching and goals that didn’t take me forever to achieve either.
Looking back, it may even have been even more helpful to set even smaller goals, such as 20 lbs. So instead of saying “I have 300 pounds to lose, you say, ok let’s focus on the first 20 lbs and then we can concentrate on the next 20 lbs or the next 50 lbs”.
Setting Weight Loss Goals
Being able to see and track your progress is so important to keep yourself motivated and increase your chances of reaching your next goal. One way I found to track my goals as I began to lose weight, came from a scale.
Once I hit 500 lbs, I ordered a scale online that could hold my weight and began to keep track of how much I was losing. As I lost the weight, I began to make micro goals every day and every week. My goal every day was to weigh less than the day before, and every week I set a certain amount I wanted to hit. This helped to keep me accountable and continue to make effective tweaks to my diet and lifestyle.
Setting achievable weight goals are important, but it is also important to establish health goals within your life.
Setting Exercise Goals
For me, one of my first goals was to walk every day to get food. I would walk to the grocery store and get my food, then walk back and make it. This goal was so important because it kept me active and got me moving every day. I knew I needed exercise and I wasn’t ready to go to the gym just yet, and so walking seemed like a great option. It was something that I could do, and it didn’t require any machines or gym equipment.
As I lost weight, my exercise goals began to change. Once I was down to 500 lbs, I then started to go to the gym, and the more time I spent there, and the more weight I lost, the more I was able to do.
Setting Nutrition Goals
I also set food goals for myself. I decided right away that I wasn’t going to consume carbs. For someone that had a lot to lose, I knew that they could sabotage my goals. Even though it took a while for me to understand just what foods had carbs in them, my goal was to figure it out and learn. And because I didn’t know right away what foods had carbs in them and which ones didn’t, my first goal began with me just doing my best and making tweaks along the way.
Along with food, I decided that I was going to drink an entire gallon of water a day. This may sound easy, but I come from a lifestyle where I was never drinking water and was mostly drinking soda and kool-aid. I would never drink just pure water.
Looking back, there are three types of goals that became the drive behind my success. I had made weight goals, exercise goals, and food and water goals.
Setting these goals were extremely important for being able to successfully lose all the weight that I did and losing the weight was extremely important for my health and my life. I got to a point where I was looking at a life or death situation, and I was at risk of suffering from an early of a heart attack. That was enough to scare me into making my biggest goal – not dying.
Learning how to set each of these goals was crucial to my weight loss results, and if I couldn’t set the right goals, I never would have been successful. In fact, there are many things that I learned throughout my journey that really made all the difference between the more than 300 pounds I lost and staying at 605 pounds.
I even documented all the steps that I took in my How to Lose Weight 101 Guide and the foods that I ate in my free Approved Foods List. These two books include all the steps and tips that I learned along the way, so you don’t have to make the mistakes I made that slowed down my progress.
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About Possible Pat
Hi, I'm Pasquale Brocco and I've lost A LOT of weight. When I started my journey to lose weight, I weighed 605 pounds. After visiting the doctor, I realized I had to make a change. I started with a simple plan and within 60 days, I lost 100 lbs. So far, I've lost over 307 pounds. Now, I'm sharing a simple message with you, "Anything is possible." If you can put on the weight, you can lose the weight.