Goals are not achieved by using the words I can’t.

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Something I often hear in the gym or even from my kids is…. “I can’t”. Thing is, you actually can. Can’t is a cop out. Can’t is really saying you are too worried to try. If you have the right people around you… you can do it, you can get there. I try to instil into my children, that if anyone says “You can’t achieve your goal”  that this should put fire in their belly and drive them to achieve.

I do it because I can, I can because I want to, I want to because you said I couldn’t.

The goals you set yourself need to be SMART. That is

Specific – Say you want to loose 5kg, you cement this idea by implementing the formula that will get you there. This might mean you will join a gym, get a PT, go walking rain, hail or shine with a friend. That you will eat right, make a food diary.

Write your goals down, put it on your bathroom mirror on the fridge. What ever it takes to remind you what you are setting yourself. Write down why you are doing this and how it will make you feel once you have done it. Putting it in black and white, makes it real. Think of it like a contract with yourself.

Measurable – put down your weight loss in your food diary. Makes you accountable for your food. BE honest with your food diary, no cheating. The only person you are cheating is yourself.

Attainable – be realistic. Weight loss TV shows are just that, shows. It would not be a high rating show if all the contestants every week were only loosing 1kg! The only way to sensibly loose weight and keep it off is by doing it slowly and steadily. Start with 5 kgs over 9 week period. Chances are, you will beat this…that is if you are doing all the right things!! Imagine how incredible you will feel once have done this. Then, if you want to, set another weight loss goal. The beauty of this is that once you start to eat right, exercise everyday.. it becomes habit and part of day to day life!

Timely – Make a specific date…. not someday!!

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  1. Ja, weight loss is good and important these days. I’ve just started getting myself fit recently; I’ll be Brad Pitt esque before long! Well, I wish anyway. No chance! Still, I read about the actor Jared Leto’s weight gain programme for a film. He’s naturally very skinny, so to bulk up he drank pint glasses of melted ice cream weeks on end. The rapid weight gain gave him gout and briefly put him in a wheelchair. After the film, to shed the pounds again, he didn’t eat for 10 days! Healthy.

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