Keto as a Way of Life
7 Reasons to Perform 1 Action That Will Help You Lose Weight
ONE Activity that Will Help You Lose Weight?
How many times have you gone on a family vacation where you just got in the car with your spouse and kids, picked a direction and started driving? What? Never?!
Think about it. The effort would be the same whether you had a destination or not, right? You’d have to gas up the SUV, load all your trip supplies, get everyone ready and start driving. Maybe you think it would be a waste of time if you didn’t know where you were going? Perhaps it’s too much of a gamble because the chances of end up at a great vacation spot are less likely than ending up nowhere. Or worse yet, you may end up back where you started.
If you wouldn’t risk your hard-earned vacation time like that, why would you risk any time in your life without knowing your destination? It’s the same with your health and fitness. If you don’t know where you’re going, then how are you going to get there? Will you be one of the many people who wander aimless toward obesity and diet-related health problems? Or will you set a goal and work to achieve it with purpose?
Why It’s Important to Write Your Goals
We put together this short list of important reasons why you should think about, map out, and WRITE your health and fitness goals. You may have clicked on this post expecting an exercise or diet tip. Maybe you didn’t expect to have to DO anything all; especially homework! Honestly though, if you’re going to get what you want for your health and fitness, you have to start working for it. Nobody else is going to do it for you.
Read through the reasons we’ve laid out in this post and give us a chance to convince you that doing the simple activity at the end of this list will get you started on the right track. We believe it will make the rest of the work you have in front of you a little easier to do. Trust me; this will be the easiest thing you do on your fitness journey.
Reason 1. Setting a Goal Solidifies Your Purpose
In this series, I’ve already challenged you to write down “Why” you want to focus on your health and fitness. Creating and writing your goals will solidify that purpose in your mind. Writing them down will serve as a constant reminder, encouraging you to stay focused. Once written, it’s important to revisit them daily. This works especially well if you post your “Why” and your goals in a place where you can always see them. Do this, and you amplify the benefits I’ve presented in this list.
Reason 2 – Setting a Goal Stimulates Action
There’s something about human psychology that gives people a drive to overcome obstacles. Presented with a challenge, the first thing most people think is, “What can I DO to beat this?” Studies show that this primarily happens (and continues to happen) when the goal is clearly defined, reasonable, and measurable. If the goal is overwhelming, people still think about overcoming it, but it’s never long before they give up. That’s why it’s important to keep your goals reasonable and easy to measure.
Without a goal to achieve, people tend to drift and not do anything at all.
Reason 3 – Setting a Goal Makes Decisions Easier
Going back to our vacation analogy at the beginning of this post, think about the decisions that you might make when you have a clear destination marked on your map. It’s easy to know where to turn and what roads to take. This idea works the same way with every other goal; especially health and fitness goals. When you know where you want to go, and you have a plan for how to get there, you don’t have to toil over every decision that is presented to you. Simply ask yourself, “Does this help me get closer to my goal or does it give me a time-consuming detour?”
Understanding your goals up front will also help you figure out your strategy for how to achieve them. This also makes decisions easier. We’ll discuss strategy in the next post, so make sure and check that out. (I’ll add a link here when that post is complete)
Reason 4 – Setting a Goal Provides Accountability
When you set a goal that sincerely supports your “Why” or your “reason for focusing on your health and fitness” then you will find yourself more determined to stick to your plan because it’s defined by YOUR own desire. Being accountable to others can sometimes feel aggravating or confining. But when you’re accountable to yourself, it becomes empowering. It gives you control and makes your purpose more meaningful.
Reason 5 – Setting a Goal Gives You a Sense of Achievement
Having a goal that is measurable allows you to see your progress in increments. Each step you take that gets you closer to your goal and every little victory you win gives you a shot of dopamine. Researchers have proven that this is an addictive feeling that encourages people to try for the next step; the next victory. This is why it’s so important not only to have a goal, but for your goal to be easy to measure so you can do it often and watch your progress.
We will talk more about how to make your goals measurable in a later post.
Reason 6 – Setting a Goal Promotes a Positive Attitude
Having a desire with no way to achieve it can be frustrating. Clearly, you have a desire, or you wouldn’t be here reading this right now so I know that you’re already willing to take action. But let me throw this at you:
If you have not really set your fitness goal yet, there’s a good chance right now you’re doubting this crap will work. You’ve told yourself you don’t want to do this because it’s dumb and you don’t need it. Am I right, Captain Bad Attitude? Or if you have set your fitness goal, you’re reading this and nodding to yourself, feeling happily that you’ve already taken that step because it’s given you hope and confidence? Doesn’t that feel great?
Setting a goal that will help you realize your desire can and does give you hope. Hopeful people tend to be more positive about life in general. You discover that, instead of dwelling on not having what you want (a healthy waistline, the ability to run a mile, killer biceps) you begin to focus on the things that will help you achieve those desires. It’s a subtle shift in mindset that makes all the difference in the world.
Having this kind of attitude means that you will become excited to perform the tasks you need to perform in order to reach your goals rather than always dreading those tasks. Imaging finding a sense of pleasure from a morning workout rather than hating the world when you start to put on your workout clothes.
Reason 7 – Setting a Goal Helps Achieve Desired Results Faster
This reason is almost obvious at this point, but it’s worth mentioning. All of the benefits I’ve discussed in this post work together to help you achieve faster results. Rather than pushing yourself toward your goal, you will begin to feel yourself pulled toward it. It takes less willpower to be pulled and requires less mental effort. This is part of the strategy. Creating a goal is a sort of like a mental hack or life hack, so to speak.
When it comes to health and fitness, fast results aren’t always the best results. It’s best to ensure your hard work lasts for a lifetime. In this case, “faster results” means you can realize the desires you have for your health and fitness sooner rather than never.
Time to DO Something
Here is that one activity we’ve been pushing toward. Are you ready?
What are your health and fitness goals? Go ahead and write them down. It’s ok to have more than one right now. When I started Keto, I wanted to defeat Type 2 Diabetes and also lose weight. Rebecca wanted to get back to her pre-marriage weight. Your goals may be simpler than ours or way more aggressive. Maybe you just want to lose a few pounds. Maybe you want to be able to swim the English Channel. It’s up to you!
When you write your health and fitness goals, don’t worry about making them perfect right now. The important thing for now is that you get them in front of you. Put them on the map! We will help you refine them later.
If you need help figuring out what your goals are, think about “Why” you want to focus on this right now. If you read the first post in this series, you may have already done this. Take a look at how you answered that question. You may find that your goals become more obvious to you.
Here’s how I answered these questions:
Herch’s “Why”: I want to be healthy and full of energy so Rebecca and I can live a long life together full of adventure, fun and happiness.
Herch’s Goals: Become free of Type 2 Diabetes, Bring all blood test numbers into a healthy range (blood glucose, lipids, triglycerides, etc), attain and maintain a healthy weight, add some physical strength, endurance and flexibility.
As you can see, my “WHY” made figuring out my goals pretty easy. Sure, I knew these things needed to happen, but writing them down made them real and achievable. Rather than basking in the awfulness of being diagnosed with a horrible metabolic disease and lamenting my 40 year old waistline, I was able to gain perspective. My focus shifted toward a positive goal with a purpose. The success I’ve seen as a result makes me believe that this strategy can work for others.
It all starts with writing down those goals.
After we complete this series, we will provide a worksheet that you can download and write all your answers on so you can keep them all together. But for now, just jot down your goals in a notepad or sheet of paper.
Do it! I’ll wait.
Thanks for Reading
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