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Reader Story: Personal Goal Setting

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Personal Goal Setting

Hi, my name is Mike I do not work in the health field the site’s founder, Matt. I am a pretty average Joe that happened to see Matt working out one day at the gym and wanted to know more about his routines. He had a very unique mix of weights, cardio, and circuit training that made him stand out from everyone else.

My real job is quite sedentary. I sit for 10 hours a day staring at two giant computer monitors looking for alarms that may show up and dispatching the appropriate fix agents for the given problem. It is quite stressful at times and I have had all of the desk related injuries (tendonitis, carpel tunnel, lower back, sore shoulders, etc.) that accompany our wonderful new age workplace.

I wanted to tell you a little about myself so you will understand that I am pretty much just an average person that likes to stay relatively healthy. I am determined not to let my real job interfere with the years I have left to enjoy outside of work. Oh, and by the way, I will hit the big siz-zero in two months.

Ok, enough about me. Let’s get back to the subject at hand.

How many times during your lifetime have you said to yourself, “I’m going to try…” to do something?

You know:

“I’m going to try and eat better.”
“I’m going to try to lose weight.”
“I’m going to try to get up early and go to the aerobics class.”
“I’m going to try and go to the gym more often.”

How many times did you succeed in whatever endeavor you set out with the “I’m going to try” statement? You probably didn’t get very far and ended up right back where you were before you attempted to “try”.

What does it mean you’re going to try?

It means you are going to put a little effort into something and oh well…if it doesn’t work out no harm done, you tried. How do I know? Ha! Experience! I have had a ton of it.

Write down your goals!

Yes, I was one of the “I’m going to try…” types. Guess when I succeeded? When I said to myself that I wasn’t just going to try, but rather that I was going to do it, period!  When you decide you want to do something. You have to make a commitment, design a plan (written down), and schedule with dates and times to mark your progress.

My workout partner is just now starting to see light at the end of the tunnel. As long as I can remember, he has said that he is trying to eat better. Some weeks he said were not good weeks because he ate way too much junk food. A few days later he would say that he has been eating very well for a few days and he is happy. Then he has a rough period and eats poorly again.

I asked him what he does to ensure that he eats good foods for his weight loss program?  He says he try’s to eat well.  I pointed out that he does not make sure he has good foods that he can eat to help his weigh loss program in his house. He needs to make sure he brings the good foods to work or that he knows in advance where he can eat out and eat well. He understands now that it takes commitment on his part rather than a hope that things will work out.

Don’t get me wrong, he isn’t planning every meal. He just has the foods at home he feels good eating on his weight loss program. He is bringing good foods to work so he can turn down the donuts, and chocolate goodies everyone always brings in. He knows what fast food establishments around his work have a salad as an option. He can plan a cheat day or special occasion when necessary.

Now the good news!

It’s working for him now! He went from trying, to a commitment to actually do something and made a plan. He is finally losing the weight he wanted to shed for years  The bottom line is, you can think about doing it all you want. You can half ass try and the results will be the same. You can make a commitment and you can reap the rewards of a job well done!

Set a goal and stick to it!

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