Pretend You’re At Goal


Flux Capacitor available at Think Geek OR from Doc.

Flux Capacitor available at Think Geek OR from Doc.

Today we’re going to try a little mind game. We’re going to go through the day pretending we’re at our goal weight or size or fitness level. This means we are not on a diet we are maintaining. We are traveling into the future where we’ve already achieved our goal. Traveling into the future is going to require a Flux Capacitor AND  for you to ask yourself a few questions:

1. What is your goal weight or size? “Wanting to lose weight” is not a goal. Make it concrete today. Meaning you must give form to your goal. Either you are trying to get into a certain size, a pair of pants, or whatever. Pick a hard, solid, goal. (We strongly recommend you consult your doctor on what’s the healthy for you. We also strongly recommend you don’t ask our mother because she’s not reasonable on this point.)

2. How do you behave at goal? Are you more confident? Are you more active? Are you deliberate in your food choices because you don’t want to ruin all your hard earned progress? Are you standing straighter? Are you wearing something you love? Manifest that behavior today. Remember you are AT GOAL so act like it.

3. What does a person who is active or at a certain weight do to stay there? Today we’re doing that. (Sidenote: We’re using this Basal Metabolic Rate Calculator and have discovered that at 130 pounds a body can consume 1600 calories to maintain. This seems harsh but  – it’s only one day. If you’re a Weight Watcher calculate the points you’d get per day at maintenence and eat that amount today.)

4. At the end of the day sit and think. How was this day? Could “being at goal” be your lifestyle? Could you live like this? If the answer is YES – I could. Then do it again tomorrow. If your answer is NO – I can’t live like this each day then reasssess your goal weight or size or exercise plan. Example: There is no way we will do the work necessary to be a size 4 (sorry mom.) But we CAN and rather enjoy a day of enough food to maintain our frame in a a size 8.

And one more thing – since we noticed you’re at goal we wanted to say a few things to you: You look GREAT! You must exercise all the time? How did you do it? You don’t eat enough? Are you sick? (Those last two are the negative crap you have to deal with that you’re going to ignore.) My gosh that’s a pretty color on you!


11 Responses to “Pretend You’re At Goal”
  1. what a great idea!!!

    coming off of a maintain this week, I definately think I could could re-do last week. I think Ill save that repeat for Thanksgiving though!
    .-= Rebecca @ Durch Dick und Duenn´s last blog ..Weigh-In #17 =-.

  2. I love this! When I’m confident and feel good about myself and the way I look, I notice that people respond to me differently and I feel thin.

    I really need one of those flux thingies.
    .-= Kim Woodbridge´s last blog ..12 Free WordPress Moon Themes =-.

  3. GREAT idea!
    I am writing it down and going to do this!
    .-= Trish @IamSucceeding´s last blog ..A “Wii”ly Good Time =-.

  4. I have to agree with Kim…when I am confident in myself people treat me differently than they would otherwise. I think I deserve to be treated well so it happens most of the time. :)
    .-= Kenz @ All The Weigh´s last blog ..A New Spin On Thanksgiving =-.

  5. diane says:

    Great idea. Of course I’ve gotten pretty good at maintenance. Only problem is I still have 20 pounds to go! I’m going to act like I’m there already. Love it.
    .-= diane´s last blog ..The Stress Effect =-.

  6. Patsy says:

    Interesting stuff about the ‘eat what your body needs to maintain its goal weight’… Will try that, although I’m currently eating less than that at the moment. Still, a great experiment for long-term maintenance. :o)
    .-= Patsy´s last blog ..Update! =-.

  7. Excellent advice! I always tell my clients to picture themselves at their goal, and to start acting like they’re already there. And to talk to themselves positively: instead of saying, “gee, I look fat today” instead say “wow, I’m looking pretty darn good in these jeans!” May seem corny, but trust me, it works.

    Also, love what you said about asking “could being at goal be your lifestyle?” One needs to realize that what they are doing now to lose weight needs to be permanent and something they can live with every day. Of course, in the beginning stages oftentimes we do a bit more — but can you REALLY exercise for 2 hours a day and never eat cake again? I don’t think so.

    And if you DID do it, is it worth it? Only YOU can answer that.
    .-= Dinneen (Eat Without Guilt)´s last blog ..9 Tricks To Make Halloween A Treat =-.

  8. Beth says:

    Being on a diet is at odds with the way we go about our daily lives. We make an environment for ourselves that encourages us to eat well and focus on our calorie intake.

    When we reach our weight loss goal, we simply go back to what we did before. Before you know it, we’re on a diet again.

    Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is a sign of insanity!

    * I’m not sure I remembered it right, but this was in an excellent weight loss book from the mediterranean diet .tv channel.

  9. Tricia says:

    LOVE IT! I constantly try to explain this to people who want the “secret” to my 100+ pound weight loss. I’m NOT on a DIET. I eat and live like I plan on doing for the rest of my life. There is no “taking a break” from these lifestyle changes. I don’t get weekends “free”. This is life and I now eat to live. Fuel your body correctly and it can do amazing things.


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