Screw Your Weight Loss Goals

I started reading a book called How To Fail At Almost Everything and Still Win Big; which is completely unrelated to (or so I thought) my annoyance at how well my body holds onto fat. The author, Scott Adams who is the author of the Dilbert comic, talks in a very honest and candid way about all of his failures along the way to his now successful career. 

While most of his stories are laugh out loud funny, one of the chapters hit me like a ton of bricks. Chapter 6: Goals Versus Systems. Here are some excerpts that I am seriously paraphrasing:

In most cases, as far as I can tell, the people who use systems do better. To put it bluntly, goals are for losers. That's literally true most of the time. For example, if your goal is to lose ten pounds, you will spend every moment until you reach the goal- if you reach it at all- feeling as if you were short of your goal. If you achieve your goal, you celebrate and feel terrific, but only until you realize you just lost the thing that gave you purpose and direction.

Goal-oriented people exist in a state of continuous presuccess failure at best and permanent failure at worst if things never work out. Systems people succeed every time they apply their systems, in the sense that they did what they intended to do. The goals people are fighting the feeling of discouragement at each turn. The systems people are feeling good every time they apply their system.

In the world of dieting, losing 20 pounds is a goal, but eating right is a system. In the exercise realm, running a marathon in under 4 hours is a goal, but exercising daily is a system.

For our purposes, let's say a goal is a specific objective that you either achieve or don't sometime in the future. A system is something you do on a regular basis that increases your odds of happiness in the long run. If you do something every day, it's a system. If you're waiting to achieve it someday in the future, it's a goal. 

After reading all that I had a giant face-palm-DUH-moment. I've been feeling bad about not reaching my goal "fast enough" (as if someone else is setting the speed at which I should be losing weight) when I should be building my healthy habits (my system). 

All I have to do is focus on:

  1. eat 3 healthy meals a day 
  2. drink at least 1 green juice a day
  3. drink water before each meal
  4. take my herbal supplements after breakfast & dinner
  5. workout 4-5 days a week for at least 1 hour 

I've done this before and have had great success with it. All I have to do is be consistent and over time I will get back down to my comfortable weight. 

How am I consistent?

  • I schedule my workouts in my calendar and keep it like I would a meeting with a client. 
  • I have an app that reminds me to drink water and take my supplements
  • When I get hungry I stop and eat, no matter what I'm doing
  • And the most important thing... I tell myself that doing this now is a lot easier than how hard I'm going to have to try if I fall off (again).

What are a three things you can add to your routine to make you feel a little better or make it a little easier to lose weight?

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