Why a Personal Contract Can Be the Secret to Weight Loss Success
No matter how good your intentions, to succeed at your weight loss goals, you need to follow through. Creating methods that keep you accountable is a way to ensure that you do what you need to do each day to support your goals. While enlisting the help of friends for outside support goes a long way, making an ironclad deal with yourself can be even more powerful. Write a weight loss success contract to keep yourself accountable. A few things that should be in it:
State your goal
Do you want to reduce your body weight by a specific number of pounds? Become free of weight-related maladies, such as joint pain or type 2 diabetes? Write down what you want to achieve and why.
Make a plan
Decide what you need to do each day to get to your goal. Write down your daily exercise requirements and how you plan to fulfill them. Be as specific as possible to lock your exercise commitments into your daily schedule.
Confront your excuses
We can all come up with all sorts of valid-sounding excuses that keep us from doing what we have to do. To achieve weight loss success, list all the ones you have used in the past, and find ways to overcome them. If you tend to let yourself off the hook because you’re “too busy,” create an exercise plan that allows for shorter bursts of exercise throughout the day. If you would normally walk on the high school track, make a plan to walk indoors at the mall when the weather is unpleasant.
By not only making a commitment to yourself but also making a clear plan and conquering excuses, you can better ensure that you will do the work you need to do to make your weight loss goals a reality.