Q&A: Why do I hate creating weight loss goals?

The Question

I want to lose 50 pounds. Every time I create a weight loss goal, I feel like a kid defying mommy and daddy. I basically go into protest mode. Why do I hate creating weight loss goals?

The Answer 

Thank you for the question. I can definitely relate to this and I bet most people on the planet can relate too. Why? Because that's how our brains work. 

  • The human brain likes to avoid pain.
  • The human brain likes to look for comfort.
  • The human brain likes to be efficient.

It likes to do what it knows and what it's good at. And the goal you're creating goes against all of that. 

Now, even though creating a goal makes you feel resistant, you can do it anyways. And here's how:

  1. Anticipate the resistance. 
  2. Set the goal anyways. 
  3. Allow yourself to feel uncomfortable. 

Seriously. This is the plan. 

Your brain thinks it's protecting you from harm. But setting a weight loss goal won't harm you. What your brain is really protecting you from is feeling uncomfortable.

The key to making any change you want in your life is allowing yourself to feel uncomfortable. It's just a feeling and it can't hurt you. It just feels weird for a little while. 

So, the question becomes this:

Are you willing to feel weird and uncomfortable in order to create your weight loss goals?

If you are willing, I recommend you create multiple goals for yourself. Break your goal of losing 50 pounds up into multiple stages. Like, losing 25 pounds as goal 1 and another 25 pounds as goal 2. This is a very helpful way to move towards your goal without making your brain too uncomfortable. 

The Wrap-Up

The brain does not like change. It will naturally make you feel resistant when you're creating a new goal. 

But you can still make change happen in your life. All you have to do is anticipate the resistance, set the goal anyways (multiple goals if you can), and allow yourself to feel uncomfortable. 

Thanks again for your question. I hope my answer helps you.

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