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9 Ideas After Meeting Your Weight Loss Goal

Follow Your Goals and Dreams
  -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer

Congratulations on reaching some or all of your weight loss goals! It’s a great foundation that will help you for the rest of your life. Of course, fitness is a steppingstone. And steppingstones are meant for stepping up, aren’t they? So how can you use your recent success to reach other goals in life? Here are some ideas...

Let your career soar
In a tight economy, good fitness and health are exactly what you need. More confidence, more energy and more brain power for quick thinking will help whether you’re in a job you love or need the courage to move on. From making a presentation to handling conflict to job interviews, the difference will show. Think of a professional challenge that excites you and take the first step today.

Be a hero to your kids
Nobody is the perfect parent. But you’ve moved a little closer by getting in shape. Instead of collapsing at the end of a hard day or week, you might now be more up for helping with homework or playing a game. And just imagine the fun to be had with more spirited family activities like bike riding, canoeing or sledding. The more you interact with your kids, the less they can interact with the TV. What a great example you’ve set!

Lasso that financial beast
Usually, when one part of life is out of control, the rest gets thrown into chaos too. Thankfully, the reverse is also true. By regaining control of your weight and health habits, you’re gaining discipline and focus that can help you deal with finances. Whether you’re getting out of debt or saving for retirement, your new goal-setting and tracking skills and tools can make a mountain look like a molehill.

Develop a new talent
Painting, dancing, a musical instrument – things that almost everyone wants to learn, but almost no one does anything about. With SparkPeople, you’ve learned that building momentum is the key to overcoming doubt and fear. Hopefully, you’ve also learned that you can achieve anything you set your mind to. Time to go for it! This is a perfect goal for another two-week, daily-action Fast Break.

Wow your spouse
You can’t help but feel more romantic when you feel better about yourself and more confident. The positive attitude from weight loss has a real effect on those closest to you. Remember the SparkPeople concept that small things over time make a huge difference? Use it to consistently show your spouse how you feel with small gestures. It will quickly become a regular – and welcome – habit.

Become a student again
Going back to school can be intimidating. For people already crunched for time, it can seem impossible. But, as your weight loss plan is proving, with planning and organization – not to mention your newfound energy levels – anything is possible. When you’re eating healthy and exercising, your memory is sharper, making studying and learning a snap – even those conjugated French verbs.

Start your own business
Long hours, potential stress, a non-stop schedule; these are the rewards of striking out on your own. But so are freedom, excitement and a life-changing experience. To brave this path, you’ll need to be at the top of your game. That means loads of energy, a great attitude and a belief in yourself and your abilities. Being in shape makes this all possible. Now that you’re an expert in taking two steps forward when faced with one step back, you and your health can make it fun!

Rediscover your social life
Did spontaneity disappear while your waistline grew? Now that you lead a healthier and more active lifestyle, bring your friends along for the ride. Plan some fun activities or join a team, keep a journal of all the high points (for later motivation), and just enjoy yourself. This is where all your hard work can pay off.

Keep improving your health and fitness
Once you’ve lost your goal weight, does that mean the job is done, so you can go back to your old habits and cruise on through? Of course not. This is a great opportunity to build even more healthy habits that help you consistently feel and look a little better every day.