“The key way to prevent boredom and keep your motivation high is to set goals that matter to you.” I don’t know where I got this quote and I don’t know if it would help me.
First, I don’t think you can totally prevent boredom and especially do so with simply making up some goals. I consider myself an average dieter. I read a lot of blogs and articles, which indicate where the problems in dieting are. Both boredom and motivation are high on the problem list. Setting goals isn’t high on the solution list.
I’ve discussed goals somewhat in the past. Motivators are always telling you to set goals. If you don’t have a target, you sure are going to hit anything. Goals, they say are the most important thing. Goals give you something for which you can strive. They are a carrot for you to chase. This quote says goals are the key.
Second, try to pick goals that really matter. I don’t think you would pick a goal that really didn’t matter. Things that really matters, like health are goals not easily measured. Maybe you could measure lowering high blood pressure or lowering cholesterol. I measure my blood pressure each week but I’ve not set it as a goal.
I’ve not had a good relationship with goals. I remember reading Dr. Phil’s diet book and he said lay out your weekly goals. I set up my calendar for two pounds per week. In 12 months, I knew what I would weigh. It lasted about two weeks when I didn’t lose anything and even gained a pound.
When you don’t meet your goals, you get depressed and say, what’s the use. This has happened to me every time I have set a goal. I think most dieters have the same problem. Weight loss means weight loss goals, such as lose 1 or 2 pounds per week. It really doesn’t motivate you except if you make your goals. Good results are always a good motivator. Most of us long-term struggling dieters will not have a very long stretch of losing before the diet chart goes up rather than down.
Maybe goals will work for you. Maybe they would work for me if I could reach one.