Wednesday, May 05, 2010
YOU CAN'T LOSE WEIGHT AND KEEP IT OFF WITHOUT CHANGING YOURSELF!
My horoscope today: "We never arrive at the horizon. We see a distant point and travel toward it. Once the landmark is reached, we see that the horizon is further still." It's kind of like aiming for weight loss. We set a goal to achieve but when we get there, we have to set another goal to keep it off. We are always setting goals and shooting for higher stars! Not setting goals is like floundering in a storm. You don't know where to go or how to get there.
I'm always looking ahead, filling days with activities and looking forward to the future. I had a friend who was a motivational speaker and talked about goal setting. How many goals do you have in your life? She suggested several including personal, spiritual, family, business, health and asked us to be specific in long range and short term goal setting. A long range goal is I want to lose 30 lbs. A short term goal might be for activities to do in a week to help achieve that goal.
Owning a business, I am very goal oriented. I have a goal to make X amount of dollars and in order to do that, I need to see x number of clients per month and close a certain dollar amount. Every month I strive for that dollar amount in my head that indicates I made enough money to pay my bills and myself. Less than that causes stress so I am always looking ahead to plant seeds for the next appointment.
The same applies in weight loss and Chris devotes a lot to goal setting in The Spark Book. Goal setting is a learned process, not something we are born with. When we are babies, we have a goal to eat and sleep and be dry and warm and loved. As we grow, our goals and accomplishments grow.
Goal setting also requires planning. I set a goal last month that I wanted to teach my granddaughter how to sew. In order to do that, I have to plan activities that she can do that will inspire her to learn more. She has already picked out a piece of fabric to make a blanket so I need to get a backing fabric, and batting and sew the pieces together so that when she comes next time, I can show her how to tie the quilt. That is a simple task but one she can do and feel some achievement and be able to take a finished quilt home with her. She has a new baby brother who is getting a lot of attention so she needs "me" time for herself.
My weight loss goal is still there but I am floundering with it at the moment. I am looking forward to vacation time and I want to enjoy myself and not worry about calories. I do want to eat and drink in moderation and I believe I can do so. But when I get back from my trips, I have a goal to start again, counting calories and drinking water and eating fruits and veggies.
Right now my goal is to finish this blog so I can get myself moving and my day started. Tomorrow I leave for D.C. but my son is bringing his laptop so I'll at least be able to login daily for that perfect attendance award and maybe even blog a bit. Keep looking towards that horizon!