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When Should You Start Working Towards Your Weight-Loss Goal Deadline?

Think about the weight-loss goals you have.
Setting specific goals are extremely important when trying to reach a certain health and fitness achievement. You might want to lose 20 pounds, fit into an old pair of pants, be bikini ready by summer vacation, or even feel confident in your wedding dress. These are all very real and appropriate goals, but if you want to achieve them, you have to look a little deeper.

1. What is the Deadline?

What is the specific deadline for your goal? Write down the exact date or week of the event. Unless you only have a few pounds to lose, I would not waiting until 1 month before to start working towards your goal. You'll know why soon.

2. Realize That Losing 1-2 pounds A Week Is Completely Normal.

Weight-loss may very drastically from person to person, but it is important to know that a healthy weight loss is 1-2 pounds a week. I can't tell you how frustrated and discouraged women get when they only see a 1-2 pound weight loss. But guess what?!?! This is great! This is means you are on track and losing weight at a healthy rate. Don't get discouraged. Especially if you are strength training along with watching nutrition, then you may see inches lost more that weight lost, so it's also good to use the measuring tape in addition to the scale.

If you have a lot of weight to lose, you may find yourself losing a lot more that 2 pounds right from the start, then when you slow down to 1-2 pounds a week you think you're failing. This is not the case. Like I said before, losing 1-2 pounds a week is completely normal and a healthy way to lose weight. It gives your body time to adjust to your weight loss.

3. Do The Math.

Now that you know the set deadline of your goal and that 1-2 pounds of weight-loss is completely normal, it's time to work backwards from your deadline. If you aim to lose 20 pounds by the summer, you need to start working towards your goal around 20 weeks out from the deadline. That is 5 months!! That may seem like forever, but that is how long it could truly take with consistency.

Now, let's be real...we have busy lives. You may be invited out to dinner, committed to special events with temptations, get sick, have to take care of sick kids, work late...I mean we all have lives and things happen. So you have to take that into consideration as well. Sure, there are some of you who can stick to the plan during those occasions, but that is one thing you need to know about yourself. Are you going to stay strong through those temptations.

Even splurging on the weekends may be enough to keep you the same and not see progress as you progress into your journey. All our bodies are different, but it's good to give yourself that time for growth and success.

Also keep in mind, that bodybuilding competitors and fitness athletes start training hard anywhere from 16-24 weeks out from the date of their competition. They train hard and are extremely strict to get stage ready. And to return back to their normal body weight after the competition, they need to go on a reverse diet to ease their body back to food they have not been eating. So even elite athletes need to calculate and plan ahead for their specific goal deadlines. No woman is magically transformed...it takes a lot of time, sweat, and dedication for all of us to achieve our goals. And no matter where we are in our journey, we should appreciate that and support one another in it!

4. Be Patient With Yourself.

It's so important to be patient with yourself and give yourself that time to work on yourself. Yes, there are people who experience phenomenal transformations in such a short time, but that may not be realistic for everyone.

What is the harm in reaching your goal before your deadline anyway? THERE IS NONE! All you have to do is maintain it, and that is part of living the new lifestyle you are embarking on. So, do the math, be coachable, and be patient with yourself.

5. Make Short Term Behavior Goals.

Back to the 20 pound weight loss example. Working backwards we determined that 20 weeks was a safe time frame for working towards your goal in a healthy way. That is 5 months. Five months may sound like a long time. To help keep yourself on track, you can create short term behavior goals with your nutrition and exercise. For example, "I Will Work Out 5 Days A Week, and Track My Food Daily." Don't forget to celebrate your small achievements and successes along the way. And most importantly, remember WHY you started and set this goal in the first place. Always having your reason WHY in mind is a huge help in staying focused and on track.

Remember, with the appropriate time frame, guidance, and positive mindset, you can achieve any goal you set for yourself!

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