One of the first things I tell people who want to lose weight is to take the focus off losing weight. Of course, you need to learn what foods and drinks will help with weight loss (in this case we are using the Mediterranean Diet), but it also important not to become obsessed with weight loss. This is one of the reasons I am only weighing myself 3 times over this 10 weeks. I don’t want to become “scale” focused.
As part of taking the focus off weight, I try to put part of the focus on exercise/movement. A few years ago, I had the 120 day hiking challenge and last year I finished my first two sprint triathlons. This year, my goals are: 1) to finish a sprint triathlon and be able to run the whole way without needing to walk and 2) to climb at least one major New England mountain by the end of the year. Both of these goals are a little bit edgy, but not impossible. Both of them will be easier if I am lighter and if I move every day. By challenging myself with exercise I am heading in the right direction with weight, but it takes the focus off weight at the same time.
A number of years ago, I had a student in one of my weight loss classes. Her goal was to hike the Andes. It was a lifelong goal of hers, but she knew knew she couldn’t do it without getting in shape. She ended up losing weight, exercising daily and within a year she was hiking the Andes.
Do you have an exercise goal that is just a little on the edge, but doable? Let me know!