Goal setting does not come naturally to me. I've never had a five year plan or had any sort of aspirations beyond growing in my faith or character.......or growing out my hair (duh, don't cut it. gee that was hard.)
So I've been thinking about how often I've failed at losing weight. How many times I've tried, had success and then as soon as real change it seen...I drop the ball. I get too comfy in that spot and all of a sudden, it starts creeping back on. So as I realized that I lost my happy little "5% lost" star in Weight Watchers - it turned a very sad grey - I realized I need to stop the pattern. I need to find a new way to do this.
I've read all kinds of inspirational stories and they get me all ramped up but that only lasts until the next morning. Then I'm too preoccupied taking care of my family and just doing my daily job. So I started to wonder.....why do I slip? How to I set a new focus, a different one than I've used before? Well....all of a sudden I realized that I don't know how to make a plan to get from point A - choosing the goal, to point B - the goal itself. There are all these in between steps and mini goals that seem so random and cloudy. Other people seem to get the specifics much better than I...who seems to choose the goal, visualize it as a reality and then wander off into the woods without a map.
SO. It's time for a plan.
Since focusing on a long term goal doesn't seem to maintain my attention, I need short term ones. I know, I know, I know all about setting a 1 month goal or a 10 lb goal........weight watchers has those percentage goals....which are awesome....BUT my brain is not registering that. The math or the time frame...whatever it is, it just doesn't have impact. I've been wandering through my week, counting or not counting points and waiting to see how much I will get to record that I've lost that week. Instead I need to set a weekly goal. That is the kind of "short term" I need. Something reachable, something I can actually wrap my brain around and not wait for but work for.
So here's what I came up with (if I've done my math right):
The big picture is 50 lbs lost between October 24th and April 16, 2012. (This does not include any weight I've already lost.)
That's 25 weeks from now - weigh-in days are Mondays.
Which equals a short term goal of 2 lbs lost per week.
Weight watchers says not to lose more than 2 lbs per week for real, sustained, long term loss. So 2lbs is within a safe and realistic zone. I haven't chosen something crazy or beyond my grasp. I have hit 2 lbs twice at this point. So it will give me something to work for and be intentional about - with only one week to focus on it. Then, move on to the next 2 pounds and the next week. I have a little box on every Monday from next week through April 16th to mark out my losses. Our family Christmas celebration happens to fall on a Monday so I have a "midpoint".....well, kind of mid point......goal written in my planner on that day to have hit (at least) 29 lbs total lost since I started - and 18 of the 50. I'm hoping that as the holidays near that gives me extra incentive to stay on track so that I can add this to the celebration that day.
Maybe there should be some sort of midpoint "reward" or celebration but ....I can't think of anything right now. So for now that's the details I've worked out. I'm not adding any extra requirements on myself or putting workouts into my schedule.....once I put too much structure or "rules" on things that's when I start to screw it up. I'm going to let that happen on it's own.
I think that this is something I can actually pull off. Feel free to hold me accountable and ask me whats happening if I don't mention it for too long. It's time to feel comfortable in my skin again and to simply be good to my body and bring it back into a healthy shape.
So far so good this week! Actually I've already surpassed the 2lb goal for the week BUT no counting chickens before they hatch! :)
It's time for one day at a time. I'm working through today, and I'll worry about tomorrow tomorrow and Monday when it gets here. I honestly think that the Lord is going to do wonderful things with this journey and will use this in other areas of my life - to grow and nurture me in other ways. I'm excited about the possibilities and to see what is in store.
Love and blessings to you,