I basically told her to start small by setting a couple of realistic, manageable goals. AND, it just so happens, last Saturday's WW meeting discussed goal setting. The leader suggested that goals should be:
- Positive: Phrase your goal in positive terms (e.g. Each week I will plan my meals.).
- Specific: Make your goals straightforward and emphasize what you want to happen. Specifics help us to focus our efforts and clearly define what we are going to do.
- Within your control: You must be able to complete the goal without assistance from anyone.
- Good fit with your life: Whatever you plan to change must be something you can maintain for the rest of your life (e.g. eating breakfast, cooking more and eating out less).
- measure for evaluation
- high exceptions
- unrealistic expectations
- overwhelming yourself: Set small 5 pound goals instead of worrying about the BIG number.
Well, like everyone else, I set a few goals for myself:
- Complete a 5K (Double booking myself ruined last year's attempt.)
- Track my food intake...If I write it, I bite it (So far so good)!
- Drink the daily required amount of water (and then some) EVERY DAY!
- PLAN, PLAN, PLAN, PLAN, PLAN and then plan some more! This week, I created a menu. With my menu in mind, I wrote my grocery list and only purchased foods on the list. To save money, I also based my menu on foods already stored in my pantry, freezer and fridge. I created this Turkey Taco Soup, pictured below with food on hand. In addition, I froze a few bowls of the soup to be used later as back-up meals in times of laziness.
As far as my long term goals: