We often think of things in incremental doses, and weight loss is not much different. Breaking down a large goal into manageable pieces just feels easier.
The idea of congratulating ourselves for meeting our goals can be filled with so much emotion that we often lose sight of what we are really accomplishing.
When weight loss goals are set it usually happens in terms of pounds to lose. Five, 10, 20 pounds. For some the numbers climb. Thirty, 50, 100 pounds. These are goals to be proud of. As much five pounds as 100 pounds. Any goal reached means that a person is in action. Nothing ever happens if we don’t take action.
The trouble can be when we start down the road of getting the weight off and we lose sight of what we are actually working toward. Spouting off an arbitrary number may seem like the thing to do but as we work toward those numbers they can get fuzzy and lose their substance.
Enter the percentage.
Now we’re talking. Even saying percentage makes us feel serious. It sounds scientific and mathematic. It sounds important. We, as humans, enjoy things that make us feel important.
Let’s take a look at the 10 percent weight loss.
By losing just 10 percent of your body weight you can reduce your blood pressure, risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and sleep apnea. Focusing on the health benefits may be a spark when the tinder of goal setting loses its flame. Let the health benefits ignite that dry tinder. Don’t let the many numbers of goals in pounds put a damper on the brilliance of achieving something.
Ten percent loss of body weight is more than fitting into the next size of jeans. Avoiding diabetes or heart disease is far superior to the feeling of tossing out your frumpies and buying something slim and slinky.
Ten percent means health.
If the daunting list of goals in pounds seems a bit ridiculous, get scientific, mathematic.
Make your goals important.