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One of the most important things to remember as we talk about preparing for life after this program is to be realistic with yourself.  I want to focus today on the end/outcome goal and how we get there. For example, some of you might have a long-term goal of a percentage of body fat or a body weight that you would like to be. First, I want you to consider whether that goal is actually realistic. Please ask for help if you are unsure. Also, consider the timeframe that you want to achieve that goal and whether that is realistic.

It’s important that, when you set behavior or objective goals, you are also realistic about the obstacles that could get in your way during your goal pursuit. For example, if your goal is to lose 0.5 pounds of body fat every week, don't simply do the math until your end date and make that number your outcome goal. Leave room for vacations, unavoidable situations, and other life events that might derail you from this timeline. If we don't build in these realistic barriers, it is likely that when something comes up, it is going to get you further off track and might make you unmotivated. If we build these things into our goals, we are more likely to feel successful and keep working towards our goals.

Today, take a look at your goals and determine if they are realistic. If they are, well done! If not, then see how you can adjust them to make them more realistic!