Sometimes having a small win in your pocket can make all the difference. I know what it feels like to feel like a failure because you never can stick with your goals. I know what it feels like to start Monday off with excitement and end the week disappointed that you didn't do even half the things you set out to do. I know what it feels like to put yourself on a super low calorie diet only to raid the cupboards at 8pm like a crazy woman (or man💁🏼). There is a different way that works so much better.
It can feel overwhelming when you know you have a big goal to hit. "I have to lose 40+ pounds." "I want to finally fit in my skinny jeans again." "I want to complete a marathon." I can't even count how many times I have started on big goals like this and given up, because it felt like such a far-away goal.
Giving yourself small goals to hit can make all the difference in the world. This is the system I personally use myself. Getting a small win in your pocket can give you the momentum you need to hit your next small win. For example, if you feel overwhelmed by a 12-week program, instead break it down into much smaller, measurable goals. Things like, "I will make it to the gym three times this week." Then in your head, imagine seven small boxes for each day of the week and all you need to do is get a check mark in three of them. Say to yourself, "I will eat on plan for six of my seven dinners this week." Then use an inexpensive whiteboard to write out your planned dinners and lunches for the week.
Remember, it's a combination of all the small decisions you make each day that make a big difference in the end. I'm right here with you. We've got this.