Now, after you’ve defined your goal, it’s time to take action. When I decided to get on The Biggest Loser, I had a goal in mind. I wanted to win the show – so I did a little research!
My goal wasn’t about anyone else; my goal was about ME. During your path to completing your goal, keep your focus on what you can control – YOU! Don’t worry about the things you can’t control, such as others, circumstances, etc. During your journey keep your focus on you.
My research was simple: What does it take to become the Biggest Loser? I looked up past results for the winners of the show. The winner is decided by total percentage of body weight lost during the season. My question: “What percentage would make me the Biggest Loser in the history of the show?” If I could answer that, I’d have something to shoot for! At the time, the biggest percentage to date was 52.58% (214 pounds lost) by Season 3 winner Erik Chopin. Now, the extreme guy that I was shot for 58%! If I hit that mark, no one would beat me! So I made my goal weight 180 pounds (250 lost).
I decided that I would try to lose as much weight on the show, and try for a minimum of 10 pounds per week! To do that, I’d have to burn a 35,000 calorie deficit per week, or an absolute minimum of 5,000 per day! Now I knew what to shoot for! Each day I burned 5,000 more calories than I ate! You have to break your goal up into smaller steps – waypoints. That way, you can stay on track and celebrate the small victories! Your momentum and motivation will increase as you go! I ended up losing an average of 12.91 pounds per week while at the ranch, putting me ahead of the game! After I returned home, I wanted to burn a minimum of a 3,500 calorie deficit a day for the next 60 days – or lose 60 pounds. I lost 59 pounds in 60 days with the help of accountability partners and self discipline.
When the show had ended, I didn’t reach my goal of 180 pounds, but I did hit 191, losing 239 pounds in 6 ½ months or 55.58% – which is still the largest percentage in the history of the show making me the Biggest Loser EVER!
So set your goal, find your direction, and then break that goal up into smaller, daily or weekly steps you can measure to stay on track. Get accountability partners to help you and keep yourself motivated each day! And practice self discipline, because as I said last month, “Don’t give up what you really want for what you want right now.”