21. Set Multiple Goals Including Some That Don’t Have Anything to do with Weight Loss

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I set a final goal weight for myself, but I also had other long-term goals, short-term goals, weight loss goals, and fitness goals.

It helped me to have lots of them, because if I got behind on one or didn’t reach one on time, I still felt good about the other ones that I HAD reached. For example, my running goal was to run a half-marathon by Easter, and I also wanted to hit my goal weight by Memorial Day. I ran the half-marathon, but I didn’t hit my goal weight before Memorial Day, but I was OK with that because I was able to reflect on my other accomplishment.

Because weight loss is complex, and difficult, I found it important to set myself up for success.

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