Sunday, August 02, 2009
I am often asked if I set goals for myself, and I always answer "yes." Except, I say, when I was obese. When I was obese I set all kinds of goals for myself, but not in terms of health. I just kept wishing that I could lose weight. I tried all different diets and programs, but none seemed to work for me. But one thing I didn't do was set specific goals for myself.
The last time I tried losing weight I did set some definite goals for myself in several different areas:
- Fitness Level
- Quality of Food I Was Eating
- Energy Level
That time, I realized that losing weight wasn't good enough. I really wanted to gain other things this time. I wanted to gain back my self esteem, and show myself and others that I wasn't just the fat girl holding up the wall.
I wanted to run and play with my kids, fully participating in their lives and in their activities.
I wanted to look better physically.
All these smaller, specific goals really helped keep me motivated as I was on my journey. I'd encourage you, if you haven't already, to set specific goals for yourself as a way to keep yourself on track.
In my own personal blog this week I talked about Motivation too. Here's the link: www.fittothefinish.com/b