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Goal Setting - weight lose and abdominal strengthening

I can definitely relate to Peter. I finished my undergrad in Psychology and the finish was definitely anti-climatic. Luckily when I scratched my head and asked now what? the answer was obvious MBA. The part that was less obvious was whether it was going to be in psychology or not, but as I was going through the program I never asked myself this question, "What would you notice is different in your life?" My goal was simple, survive the 4 years and see what happens. Now that I'm at the point of trying to figure out what is it that I really want to do my MBA in I can certainly ask myself this question which is great. My goal for the next couple of months is to lose the little bit of stubborn belly fat that I have and work my abdominal section into a six pack. I have always hated doing abdominal work, why? not sure.. however, without asking the above question my values would consist of things such as: to be healthier, and to look more aesthetically appealing to the ladies come summertime. But when I ask myself " What would you notice is different in your life" the most important value by far is a psychological one - knowing that I can do it. I'm already doing 200+ minutes of aerobic exercise weekly, watching my diet(somewhat), and i have recently started doing crunches. Going a bit off topic here Dr. Pagoto do you have any tips or insights that would make the process as efficient and quick as possible? I've read that exercise, diet, sleep, and how one approaches stress are key factors. Thanks

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Sherry Pagoto, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine, Department of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.


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