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Why You Shouldn’t Make A Weight Loss Goal

by Megan

It’s a new year, and all we’re hearing about is goals and resolutions! One of the top resolutions that people will make this year is to lose weight. Today I’m going to tell you why you shouldn’t make a weight loss goal this year.

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Here’s the thing. You have ZERO control over the number on your scale. Yes, your diet and exercise habits will probably influence the number and whether it goes up or down, but you cannot actually make your scale flash a certain number when you step on it.

Oh I know how hypocritical I’m being, because I pay VERY close attention to the number my scale shows me. But I know I shouldn’t. Because of different body types, heights, and builds, your weight is not an accurate reflection of your looks or your fitness.

So what SHOULD you choose for your goals if you do, in fact, wish to lose weight (or better yet, “get fit” or “get healthy”) in the new year?

Choose something you have control over.

You can choose to get up at 5am and run three miles every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

You can choose to cook dinner at home on weeknights.

You can choose to take your kids to the park every Thursday after school and play tag.

You can choose to eat three different vegetables every day.

Those are just a few ideas; there is an unlimited number of great goals to pick from that will help you get in shape, and which you have complete control over!

You can’t choose to have 6 pack abs. You CAN choose to go running in the evenings followed by a ten-minute ab workout.

See what I mean? Trust me, I have numbers in my head that I want to see on the scale. There’s no pretending that I don’t know exactly the amount that I would like to weigh! But ultimately I can only control what I DO to make that happen.

If you make goals and resolutions that you have control over, and then you follow through, you WILL see the results you want to see. But a weight is just that- a result of goals and taking action.

So this year, instead of making a weight loss goal, I’m making fitness goals. I want to run a marathon. I want to serve more vegetables to my family. I want to DO SOMETHING each day to get myself closer to where and what I want to BE.

Have you made a fitness or weight-related goal this year, and is it something you have control over?

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Kara January 6, 2014 - 10:52am

I Love this post!! I just started Weight Watchers, and it is amazing how healthy i feel just by eating right! My main go it is get healthy!

Brooke @ Covered in Grace January 6, 2014 - 4:20pm

Love this article, Megan. =) I clicked on the pinterest pin… it’s a very eye-catching post. Way to go!!

Kristine Foley January 9, 2014 - 8:01am

Love this and it’s so true!! I’m choosing to work it out :)

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