Be realistic when it comes to goal setting and holding yourself accountable. When you hold yourself accountable for too many things you are destined to fail.
By having say one big mission (goal) and say two smaller commitments that you know can credit is far more realistic proposition.
Don’t set yourself unrealistic deadlines, either. We get a few messages from guys saying ‘I’m off to Greece in a couple of weeks and I need to drop my body fat to 10%” or “I’ve got a friend’s wedding next month and really need to drop a few dress size”
Well I hate to break it to you but you should’ve started sooner, OK perhaps you might be able to do it. But only through such drastic measures and crash dieting that will leave you depressed and left feeling miserable for the next week. Then when you’re on that holiday your body is still like a sponge and BOOM, within a week you’ve regained the weight you’ve shed.
But what happens after the holiday is that once it is all over, your external motivation will have gone.
Try to look at longer-term external motivators, set yourself 5-6 months, and build little check in points along the journey. Although a year for a weight loss goal might be a long long time, three monthly checkpoints along the way that give you a chance to see your progress and take on board some sentiment from what your achieving, is much, MUCH , more satisfying than simply going to that A to B.