Goal setting is an often-overlooked, but critical part of the weight loss journey. Goals are critical because they illuminate overall objectives and help you stay focused. More, establishing specific milestones to celebrate along the way increases motivation along the way – even when phentermine stops working. Aim to establish SMART goals for weight loss that detail exactly how, when and with whom you will achieve your aims.
Research shows that “SMART” goals are reached more often than their vaguer counterparts . While originally promoted as a project management strategy, these structured and specific goals prove valuable in every aspect of our lives. This is because making goals SMART promotes accountability, identifies specific milestones, and helps delineate a definite plan of action .
The five characteristics of SMART goals are:
Here are two quick examples of how to transform a vague, regular weight loss goal into a SMART goal.
|Original Goal: Lose weight|
|Who? What? How?|
I want to lose weight. I will eat and drink no more than 1600 calories a day, exercise 3 times per week and take phentermine every day.
|I can measure 20 pounds with a scale.||Yes, 20 pounds is an achievable amount of weight loss with the help of phentermine.||Yes, weight loss is an important goal for me right now.||This goal will be acheived two months from today’s date|
|Final SMART Goal: I want to lose 20 pounds in the next 2 months by eating about 1600 calories a day, going to the gym 3 times per week and taking phentermine every day.|
|Original Goal: Reduce need for blood pressure medication|
|Who? What? How?|
I want to decrease/eliminate need for blood pressure medication. I will follow a calorie-controlled, low-sodium diet to help myself lose weight and reduce blood pressure while taking phentermine. I will also start walking 3x per week.
|Currently taking lisinopril 30mg once a day to control blood pressure. Want to decrease daily dosage or entirely eliminate need for medication.||Yes, it should be possible to decrease my blood pressure and related need for medication with healthy weight loss, diet and exercise.||Yes, I want to stop taking these pills since I am so young and don’t think I should need these sorts of medications yet.||I want to decrease my lisinopril dose by the time I finish my first 3 months with phentermine.|
|Final SMART Goal: I want to decrease my need for lisinopril in the next 3 months by following a low-sodium diet, walking 3x per week and taking phentermine to lose weight.|
Most people start phentermine with a final goal in mind, but that endpoint may take months to reach. In the meantime, it proves helpful to establish smaller, more manageable milestones. With each accomplishment you will feel a boost of confidence and be one step closer to your final goal! Here are a few weight loss goal ideas for months one to three on phentermine:
The effects of phentermine are the strongest at the start. You will feel the most noticeable boost of energy and appetite suppression during this time. Unfortunately, side effects including dry mouth, nausea, constipation, slight dizziness and insomnia are also common in the first month.
Month one goal ideas:
Most patients have passed through the most severe side effects of phentermine by month two, but still feel the desired effects of the medication. As you enter this second month, check-in with your doctor and recommit to your weight loss goals!
Month two goal ideas:
As you come towards the end of your phentermine prescription, you may start noticing that the pill is becoming less effective. With less energy and more of an appetite than you had during the start of your prescription, this is an important month to focus on establishing healthy routines that you can stick to long-term.
Month three goal ideas:
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