Weight Loss New Year's Resolutions: 12 Don'ts

Updated: Jan 20, 2020

Are you like me looking forward to making the most this year of your New Year weight loss goals?

It always takes a bit of planning to put those goals in place, but the effort you put into this now can really benefit your efforts long into the year ahead.

What is the purpose of writing goals down you may ask?

It is simple.

If you do, the chances of you actually sticking to them are greatly increased.

If you don’t, you have drastically lowered your likelihood of them actually coming to fruition.

Studies about goal setting actually back this up. According to a study reported in Inc. magazine, “You are 42% more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down.”

Why go against what has been evidenced to be so to actually make it harder on yourself?

Get out your favorite writing tools and dig in.

In the transformed program, we have many journalling tools we love to work with - it is no secret that I love a great journal.

The purpose of this pre-new year blog is to provide you all with some awesome thinking points and strategies to consider before we launch full steam into 2019.

After all, the last thing you’d want to do is find that your newly minted goals need a significant re-write.

Or indeed that they’re not as effective as they could have been.

Please take advantage of each these goal setting tweaks to make the most of each of your incredible future potential. The key here is to work with your brain’s natural tendencies rather than against it.

Here are my Dozen Don’ts for setting weight loss (or any other) goals.

1. Don’t Focus on the Don’ts

Do you know what you truly want?

When it comes to sketching out your goals, do you have a clear idea of what to write? Most people don’t.

When I work with clients, I have them begin by outlining their goals.

the first question I ask is,

“When it comes to your health, what do you want the most?"

Their replies almost always sound like this, “Well, I don’t want to be in pain, I don’t want to be tired all the time, and I want to stop going from doctor to doctor."

Most people have a very clear idea of what they don’t want. But figuring out what they do? That’s another matter.

One way to overcome this problem, is to concentrate on what you find essential.

What do you value in life and what’s truly important to you?

Once you’ve determined the key elements in life that are important to you, you can structure your goals to align with these.

2. Don’t be Wishy Washy

Your brain loves things to be clear and specific.

The more detailed and specific your goal is, the better.

For example, your mind can easily grasp the concept of “It’s February 10th and I can feel how loose and comfortable my favorite pair of blue jeans are to wear. I slip into them easily and effortlessly over my slim and toned body.”

Don’t make your mind work harder than it has to.

Don’t be vague.

Specific ideas are easier to grasp than fuzzy ones such as,

“I want to feel healthier” (than what?),

or “I exercise regularly” (what does regularly mean to you?).

Vague goals are a common success crusher.

Write from the viewpoint of creating a word picture.