Mini Goals = Mini Results

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

My half marathon class consists of 18 weeks ... with four runs of varied length per week. Essentially after 72 runs I will be able to complete a half marathon. Every run is one mini goal and every step of each run is one mini goal. Eventually these add up to my main goal of running a half marathon.

For me it will actually be longer than that. That's because my run club is training for an October half marathon whereas I'm training for a January half marathon.

I was thinking about these mini goals in the shower this morning (ever notice how thinking in the shower seems more creative?) . For over a month I've had a mini goal of reaching 156 lbs at week's end. I've navigated a slippery slope over that time. My eating choices could have been better, my tracking more diligent, but my activity levels were increasing.

Every Sunday when I write up my plan for the week, including my weekly goals, I was discouraged because the scale wasn't budging and I couldn't adjust my goal... but I was meeting other mini goals... my kilometers per week and my pilates sessions. I persevered knowing that eventually something would have to give and today I was rewarded.

I know that the scale is simply one indication. I don't hold it as the only measure of my success. Still it is an indicator.

Next week I can finally lower my mini goal for the week. Every single pound brings me one step closer to my goal. Every mini goal is a little reward in and of itself and motivates me to meet the next mini goal.

Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.

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