Many times people say that bad things come in threes. I am not superstitious, but I have noticed that that sometimes seems true. In the past we have had two car repairs in a row followed by a house repair. It happens.
I wanted to share one of my strategies to keep myself focused on my weight loss when I was losing and a strategy I still use to help me maintain my weight. I call it “The Power of Three.” (I did not think this up – but I’ve been doing it for so long I can’t remember who told me about it!)
Here’s how it works. When I was overweight, I had problems getting things done. I tended to sit around more than I should have, watch more television than was healthy and of course, I ate too much. When I started trying to lose weight, I decided to learn how to focus myself on the goal of losing weight.
Every night before I went to bed I would take a pad of paper I kept on my nightstand and write down three goals for the next day. One was food related, one was relationship related and one was exercise related. A typical night’s list might be:
1) Exercise 30 minutes.
2) Eat two fruits.
3) Check on a sick friend.
Granted these were small goals, but that was the point. I needed some goals, but I didn’t need to set myself up for failure. So I didn’t set lofty goals each night, but instead set small attainable goals. The food goal changed every day. I set goals like: No chocolate, no salty foods, eat breakfast, try a new recipe, etc.
I’ve used this technique throughout the years to make sure I didn’t whittle my day away. Now my goals are still simple. Last night’s list was: Write one blog post, make banana muffins and ride my bike. Easy to be sure, but I still feel a sense of accomplishment when I cross each item off my list.
This little sticky note reminds to stay focused on the task at hand and gives me positive feedback at the same time.
How do you keep yourself focused and motivated? Diane