Healthy Perspective by Linda King


We all set goals. For some, it's to fit into a wedding dress or tux. For others, a bikini or wetsuit.  Still others, it's to finish a marathon or Tough Mudder. Whatever the reason or the season, we like to have goals. Goals inspire us, motivate us, and goals help us when we feel weak staring down a double chocolate mousse layer cake (or other decadent vice).

Goals are short term ("oh my god! I need to lose 20 pounds by next week!!") or long term. What's the difference?

Achieving a short term goal usually requires bursts of intensity. If you want to drop a ridiculous amount of weight very quickly, you have to visit the gym 6 days a week PLUS reduce calories, including alcohol.  This kind of routine will lead to weight loss, but it is not a sustainable method of keeping weight off, nor is it the best way to treat your body.  But if you need to look a certain way for a specific event, under the guidance of a certified health and fitness professional, you will at the very least, come close to your target.

Much harder, yet more rewarding for your overall health and wellness, is to look at your long term goals. Harder because consistency is key, as well as perseverance. And it's hard to know what a long-term goal might be. "To lose weight" is a bit vague. Same with, "to feel better".  The key to successful weight loss and wellness over a longer period of time is to set specific goals. Imagine how you want to look and feel at this time next year. What do you want to do at that time? Travel? Hike the Andes? Go scuba diving?  Then imagine what it will take to get your body in shape to get there.

Goals are important because they inspire us to think beyond the here and now.  They are the voice in our heads when we go out to dinner with friends, or spend a holiday dinner with family. It's those goals that help keep us on track to achieve better health.

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