Most fitness programs advise you to write down your goals and visualize what it would mean to you when you achieve them. So you plan to lose 2 pounds a week, because anyone can lose 2 pounds a week, right? And sure enough, the first week you lose 3 pounds. Hey, that’s great. Perhaps you can lose the next 2 pounds without being quite so strict on yourself. So you loosen the reins a little. The second week you lose 2 pounds, so clearly it’s working.
But then in week 3 you gain 2 pounds and in week 4 you don’t lose any. By now you are so frustrated with the whole thing that you throw your entire plan into the bin and crash on the couch with a Coke and a bag of crisps. The reality is that getting healthy takes time. But if you persevere in eating healthy foods and exercising regularly, you will eventually be healthier. The problem is not with the process, but with your expectations. The solution? Forget about your expectations, and focus on the process.
So don’t commit to a certain result. You have limited control over your results and you only risk demoralizing yourself. Rather, commit to a certain effort and focus on what that effort brings you. If you commit to taking a daily walk and feel refreshed and energized every time you get back, who cares how many walks it takes you to lose a pound?