One of amazing things about our program at Green Mountain is that it opens our eyes to what most of us consider to be universal truths. One of those so many of us subscribe to is that we must be a certain weight to be healthy.
It was a tremendous relief for me to understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach or answer to weight and health. Diets and doctor’s charts rarely consider the individual or what works for them. I am not an average or a statistic.
The same thing can be said for how we’re “supposed” to approach life. We’ve been taught that if we’re to be successful, we must have a clear goal, a clear path to reach that goal, and the discipline to not veer from that path.For most of my life, I would write down all kinds of goals in my planner. Looking back, I see lots of numbers circled in red pen.
- How much weight I wanted to lose each week
- What size I wanted to wear by the end of the year
- How many times I needed to work out to get thereWhen I didn’t reach those numbers, I could only see failure. Then my self esteem would plummet. And often I would seek solace with food.
So, it was very interesting to hear from Green Mountain psychologist Darla Breckenridge that goal setting may not be for everyone. In fact, depending on our personality styles, we may even have an “allergic reaction” to setting goals and there are probably better ways to get where we want to go.
Read our FitBriefing “On NOT Setting Goals” to learn whether setting goals works for you or sends you further down the path of frustration.