I have only ever "met a goal" for a few minutes - because I immediately change the goal. When my goal was to get to a healthy BMI, as soon as I weighed myself and saw that I was a healthy BMI, my goal became to get to a certain body fat %, and then a lower body fat %, and so on. It never ends. I find striving for a goal (any goal) far easier than attempting to maintain a value, whether it be weight or body fat.
I basically don't believe in maintenance as a concept. I believe in always striving to be better. Unless I reach "perfection" (probably not in this lifetime), what's to maintain? Always push the goal further along.
When I reach a goal I always strive for the next one. I have not yet reached my goal weight but, I have been close. When I do reach it I will just try to maintain it.
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2/11/13 1:58 P
i did. once i reached a small goal, i set another one. i didn't have tons of goals at first-it would have been too overwhelming. some are non scale goals too. i wanted to add less sugar to my coffee, i wanted to be able to jog a mile. then it was 1.5 miles... now my goals are reducing the time it takes me to jog a mile.
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905 2/11/13 1:56 P
For sure, but if anyone were to ask me now, I would have done it differently. I think sub-consciously, although I knew I had more weight to lose to be pleased with my shape, I was content with my weight loss when I hit my original goal. That number was a target based only on getting into the normal range of BMI, but once there, I knew that I wasn't done. That said, the mind games that I played with myself allowed me to hover as if I were in maintenance for almost two years! Now, I've recommitted to losing the last 10-15 that I know will make me look so much more like how I feel: fit and lean. I want to live an active life and I want to look the part. Had I made my original goal a lower number, I may have had the drive and committment to keep at it in a more serious and unfaltering way and to soldier on rather than taking a bit of a break. Just my own POV, but everyone's journey is so personal that you have to do what you know will work for you.
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2/11/13 1:41 P
Yes, my original goal was 50 lbs. by the end of last year. I knew when I set it that I would probably want to lose more, but I wanted to hit that specific milestone first. When I did, I figured I still had about 20 I could get rid of, so I changed my goal. The 20 is just a guess, though. If I feel like I'm done before that, I'll be done, and if I get there and feel like I could still lose more, I'll adjust my goal again.
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2/11/13 11:52 A
I did. My original goal weight was 150, but even though I tried to start maintaining there, I kept losing (slowly, about a half pound to no pounds per week), so I mentally have a new goal of 140, which gives me a "normal" BMI... I just never thought I could get there. I was 140-145 when I was very physically active in high school (15 years ago), so I didn't think getting below that was possible. I guess it was :) After I hit the 140, I'm going to try maintaining again, I've just found it hard since I feel like I eat a lot most days already (1700-1800 calories a day, plus 1-2 no tracking days on weekends where I'm sure I go over that), so eating more feels weird to me.
I think there are a lot of people who do that-- lose the original weight and then decide they could do 5 or so more pounds. Those last few pounds can be a lot harder to lose than the original ones though. So don't be distressed if they come off slower.
Ruth in Cookeville, TN Central Time Zone
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385 2/11/13 6:33 A
I did the exact same thing you did, for the same reasons - hit my 150 goal, then set a goal at 145. For a while, at least, and for me, it is what I need to keep the right mindset to at least maintain my current weight. I'm sure someone can come up with a counter-argument to this approach - but in the end only you know your ways and your motivators.
If you bring forth that which is within you, that which is within you will save you. If you do not bring forth that which is within you, that which you do not bring forth will destroy you.
2/11/13 5:05 A
I keep going back and forth on focusing on small goals or not because I know I'll want to lose more. I guess it's just how you look at it.
Baby steps will get you there. Giant steps will break your leg. HW - 172 CW - 165 1GW - 155
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2/11/13 4:56 A
So I was wondering......have you changed your goal after you reached it. I hit my goal today and feel better, but could afford to loose a few more lbs. Only 5 lbs. I did not want to put that original goal in because I would have found that daunting. I know that from previous times I achieved my goal, maintenance is the hardest part of weight loss, for me anyway. I'm an all or nothing girl. I am really enjoying my spark program. I love the tracker on my phone. Keeps me accountable. As you can see by my ticker, I adjusted my goal by 5 lbs.
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