Last night at Weight Watchers we talked about "Winning Outcomes." Essentially- goal setting. The key to what our leader said for me was "When you make your goals, when you make your New Years Resolutions- are you setting yourself up to win or do you, almost as soon as it comes out of your mouth, think Can I REALLY do this?" She then spent the next bit of time teaching us to reframe the way we approach our goals. A few examples:
Rather than saying "I am giving up chocolate." (really? You are GIVING UP chocolate? How long will THAT last?) why not say, "As long as I stay on plan I can have XXX amount of chocolate a week." ?
Rather than saying "I am tired of being overweight- I am going on a diet." Why not think "I am going to change the way I eat so that I can shed X number of pounds and more importantly, become more healthy."?
Rather than " I am going to the gym every single day." How about " I will exercise for 30 minutes on Mondays and Wednesday."
It's all about resetting your mind to something that is achievable, reasonable and fits within your life. More importantly- it's about looking at it from a positive place rather than "I hate this about myself so I need to change it."
Of course- that means that I have to stop and rethink my resolutions and retrain the brain- but it was a good and timely lesson so I wanted to share it.
I hope you have a wonderful, wonderful New Year's Eve and a bright outlook for 2011. I will see you then and hopefully by then I will have my goals set for the coming year!