Healthy Living

The 30-Day Weight Loss Challenge That Actually Works

Day 4: Set goals that don't have to do with weight

Weight-loss is so much more than the number on the scale. Monitoring your weight is important for tracking your progress, but obsessing over your weight will likely do more harm than good. Setting goals that aren’t directly related to your weight will help you to maintain a balanced, optimistic approach to losing the extra pounds. Acknowledging and appreciating your progress is essential to staying motivated and ensuring your emotional well-being. Focusing on your setbacks is counterproductive. Setting goals that are unrelated to your weight will help you to overcome these setbacks by reminding you of just how much you have achieved. Choosing goals that have personal meaning for you as an individual can be especially impactful. For example, your goal might be to play baseball with your son or daughter every day after school, to take your dog on daily walks to the local park, or to learn how to cook new meals that you can prepare for family and friends.