Sometimes the scale is not your friend. It won't reflect the sacrifices you've made or the work you've put in, and that SUCKS. 

Having something tangeible to focus on and strive towards makes the weight loss journey SO MUCH EASIER.  For me, it began with a pair of pants that I wore in high school that I wanted to fit again. Right now I am training for a half marathon and several Spartan races. Taking a few minutes to think about what you want and WHY you want it can really put you in the mindset for success. 

I found this acronym that has really helped with my goal setting: set SMART goals! 

S - specific: WHAT exactly do you want to do? 
M - measureable: HOW can you evaluate when your goal has been met? 
A - attainable: Is the goal reasonable, but also reasonably difficult? 
R - relevent: Is the goal consistent with the other goals you have and does it fit in with the long term plans? 
T - timely: your objective should include a TIME LIMIT. 

I will use myself as an example: 

I would like to run at least TWO half marathons, with times less than 2:40 and 2:30. (Specific and measurable.) 
I have been training since February, but my pace is not quite where I would like it to be. (Attainable, but still challenging enough to motivate me.) 
This goal is consistent with my long term goals of living a healthy, active life and inspiring my children to do the same. (Relevent.) 
The dates for this summer are on my calendar and I am registered! (Timely. I have a deadline and I'm working towards it!) 

Although this plan has been in the works for a while, sharing it publicly adds a dimension of ACCOUNTABILITY. (YIKES!) Although it can be difficult to be vulnerable and scary to talk about your goals (especially if they are BIG GOALS,) most people would love to be a part of the community that encourages you and helps you succeed! 

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