Establishing Short Term Goals to Reach Lifelong ones

So how are you doing on your New Year’s resolutions so far?  Are you still as determined to reach your goal?  It’s getting a little tougher now, isn’t it?  Dig deep and talk yourself into success!!  Getting healthy must come from your own inward desire to please God and in doing so, becoming a New Creation.

“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”  2 Corinthians 5:17

You’re on a wonderful journey to become healthier. Recognize that it doesn’t happen overnight. If you were taking a cross-country trip, the thought  might seem overwhelming. So you might revamp your thinking, breaking it up into smaller, reachable goals. When I reach Memphis I’ll visit Graceland, When I get to Arizona, we’ll see the Grand Canyon – see all of a sudden you are looking forward to it because you’ve broken a burdensome task into small goals. Apply this same strategy to your weight-loss goals. Create smaller steps for reachable goals.

Remember you are setting life goals not weight-loss goals. You want to feel this great for a lifetime! Don’t feel guilty about doing something for yourself. It is not selfish to desire to be healthy for God!  In fact He commands it.

1 Peter 1:16, “For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”

By striving to become the healthiest individual you can be, you demonstrate inner strengths to your children and your spouse that God makes determined, strong quality material! You!

Let’s talk about “SMART” goals:  Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Trackable:

  1. First measure your bone structure by wrapping your thumb and middle finger around your wrist. If your fingers overlap, you’re small boned. If they just touch, medium boned and if they can’t touch at all, you are large-boned. Be realistic about how much weight you can lose based on your body type.
  2. Set your goal at 1-2 lbs lost per week because you’ll keep it off for the long haul. If you want to lose more, you’ll have to exercise more in order to lose fat.
  3. Ask “What is my motivation?” If you set your goal for someone’s approval or a specific event, when that’s over, so is your motivation. It must be your goal because you’re the only one who lives in your body.
  4. Focus on “just for today” goals, like increasing fiber and water until it becomes second nature. Don’t allow too many goals to overwhelm you, just gradually incorporate them into your lifestyle like using smaller plates or “fork down, spoon down” each day.
  5. Don’t add undo pressure for perfection like “I’m going to exercise two hours each day!” If you’re an all or nothing personality, you’ll give up when something interferes. Start with 20-30 minutes when possible or 10 minutes when you’re busy – you’re still going forward.
  6. Being realistic is recognizing that you won’t be perfect. Identify your emotions. Forgive yourself and get back on track. If you were heading to Seattle and took a wrong turn you wouldn’t give up and turn around, you’d keep going forward.
  7. Make gradual changes so your mind can catch up.  It won’t be until weeks later that your brain realizes you’re thinner than you thought. So use something tangible like a belt notch to keep track.
  8. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else. Realize that if a celebrity lost 45 lbs she had a lot of help behind the scenes with personal trainers, private chefs, massage therapists . . .  Your goals are your own, focus on those.
  9. Educate yourself. Understanding why we do certain things physiologically, keeps us focused.
  10. Track your successes on a graph to establish a sense of accomplishment.

Embrace the fact that you’re becoming a New Creation!


5 thoughts on “Establishing Short Term Goals to Reach Lifelong ones

    • Thank you Joe, great to hear from you since I’m such an admirer of your posts!

      God has to work from inside, that’s for sure. Wish I could take credit for it but SMART goals is originally an old Jenny Craig acronym, I believe. Now everyone uses it. JC is a good program, although pricey, and I’ve endorsed it before because it trains people to maintain – which is the entire point of losing in the first place, right?


  1. I have to echo the sentiments here; I love it too! Such careful thought is put into this post and I’m glad that I’m not the only one who finds it encouraging.

    I agree with everything that is said here. It takes faith and determination; to not give up but to keep ourselves healthy; for if we don’t start taking care of our overall well-being, how can we expect to know how to take care of others? 🙂


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