Setting Long Term and Short Term Weight Loss and Appetite Control

Kimberly Cacey Health Guide
  • Today's blog is going to be a bit brief - I've been feeling a little under the weather, for a variety of reasons, but I did have a couple of things I wanted to talk about that have been on my mind, resolution-wise.


    Firstly, my appetite has been shot. I have to force myself to eat lately, because nothing tastes good to me, or appeals to me what-so-ever. Some people would call this a blessing, but in fact, it's very bad for you to go even a day without enough nutrition. Even if fruit tastes dry or your favorite chinese dish makes you want to hide underneath your bed and cry just to avoid eating it - eat something. My main issue is that I forget to eat, because it isn't on my mind. Highly unusual and interesting, yes. Healthy? Not at all.

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    So if you are ever switched to a medication or undergo a flu bug that ruins your appetite, try to find a way to remind yourself to eat something small through out your day - post-it notes, the little reminders on your cellphone, anything. Starving isn't the answer, no matter if you don't feel hungry or not. If you've gone nearly all day without eating and realize that at 11 pm, eat.


    Secondly, long term and short term goals - I want your opinions. Good or bad? Useful, helpful, or neither? I'm a fan of short term goals. I feel the most satisfied when I lose weight in ten pound increments.


    But am I the only one who views long term goals as a way to set yourself up for disappointment? Obviously, it depends on your long term goal, but if your long term goal is, say, 200 pounds, it makes the entire task seem that much more impossible, doesn't it?


    And do we really need more things to make losing weight more difficult? If you have to have a larger goal in mind, I think cutting a 200 pound goal into smaller, more manageable 25-pound increments would be a lot more inspiring for you. Then again, maybe this is just me.


    I've talked about this before, but I've never asked - how do you feel about long term goals? Do they inspire you or bring you down because reaching that ultimate goal seems so far way? I'd love to know your opinions!

Published On: January 25, 2010