Goal Setting

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
- Size
- Appearance
- Weight
- 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:
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    Thanks for really helps those of us that know we need to start the journey (seriously this time). It is nice to read about people who tried many times before getting it me hope that I can do it too.
    1734 days ago
    CONGRATS to you on your amazing loss and motivation! I hope to learn new ideas from your blog and your book to keep me focused more. THANK YOU!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1929 days ago
    Great blog! :) and congrats on your weight loss! I'm going to go read you other blog now! -Jennifer
    2041 days ago
  • STARDUST_1970
    Thanks for sharing.
    2626 days ago
  • PRESHA911
    Thanks for the blog. I'll try setting some smaller goals to keep myself motivated. :)
    2832 days ago
    It does really help to look at ALL the things you want to accomplish with your weight loss and not just being thinner. Thanks for the reminder!
    2832 days ago
    This was a motivational blog. Thank you.
    2898 days ago
  • SHAN8176
    Wow. Congratulations on all your success. I checked out your site too and I really liked it. i hope and pray that I can do this too. So I can actually play with my kids, not just watch. I know what to do, I just don't seem to be able to make my hands not grab that snack! I've never known what it was like to be thin. Sometimes I think I was never meant too. Thanks for sharing your story. emoticon
    2950 days ago
    This puts alot of things in order...thank you.
    3103 days ago
    Keep up the great work :-) and congrats to YOU :-)

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    3120 days ago
  • BUBBLES1541
    You are doing so wonderful!
    3121 days ago
    Great Job at sticking to what you want and making choices that are forever. Im headed to your fit to the finish page to read exactly what you did.. But I know setting goals even if they are little will get you started on the right path. emoticon
    3139 days ago
    Thanks to all who commented on the blog! I really appreciate it so much.
    3153 days ago
    Thanks for the suggestions! I really need to set some specific goals for myself this time around. I am also going to go and read your blog - I am looking forward to have accomplished SO much! All the best in achieving all that your heart desires.

    3154 days ago
    Yes, setting specific goals is rewarding! Thanks for the blog! =)
    3155 days ago
    I read your story and would really like to see the changes happen so much sooner than they have. Although I know the goals are mini success I am very much interested in any feedback you can give me to losing the weight, providing healthy meals for my family, and staying on the right track once I get there. Because I do alot of research I have alot of information in my's just nice sometimes to hear someone else say it to.
    3155 days ago
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