Well, for me, my first thought is a hockey goal! I admit, I am an ice hockey addict! I could play every day! At 49, I'm like a Mom to many of the younger women, but I try real hard to keep up with them and I'm doing really well!
Practice ..... practice ..... practice!!
But seriously, how do we know where to place our goals? Is a number important? Are the personal feelings we have important? Is the strength, fitness and well-being of our bodies important?
I think, through this journey of weight loss, that I have learned that all of these factors are important. I have come to believe, however, that one is least important. I think that the number on the scale is the least. I never thought I would say this, but I've come to this conclusion in the past couple of weeks as I have come closer and closer to my goal. I NEVER thought I could weigh under 150, but now that I do, it really doesn't matter as much to me.....that feels odd.
How did I come to this conclusion? Well....I used to weigh myself every single day. The number on the scale often controlled how I felt for the day. About 2 weeks ago, I changed this and went to weighing in only once per week. I felt a sense of freedom for these past two weeks that I haven't felt before. I focused more on myself as far as health, energy levels and well-being.
Eating healthy has been my major focus for the past several months, not how fast the scale goes down. I've had my ups and downs believe you me! I've also had my chocolate cakes, M&M's and other treats, but it's starting to feel different now. Have I changed? I think so. Will I go back to who I was? I hope not, but that person will always be inside me lurking and waiting.
Now, what are my goals? Is the number still important? No, but I will still stay within my calorie ranges, continue to play hockey as long as my body will, and provide the best foods to keep me healthy and strong. I can never give up chocolate and I shouldn't have to. That is also part of me. I now think my body will take me where it should be and I'll just see what happens.
Do I change my goal weight? I've thought about it, but I think I'll just leave it where it is for now. I'm happy with who I have become as a person and I think that for once in my lie, I am finally finding out who I really am.
Here are my main goals now:
1. To be healthy
2. To be happy
3. To live life the best that I can
4. To have a positive outlook and attitude on life (this makes a world of difference!)
This journey has been filled with discoveries, challenges and gains. My journey has not ended and still continues. I have my paths to take, but I feel more confident now that I feel I can conquer and overcome whatever comes in my path. I truly thank Sparkpeople, my SparkTeams and especially my Spark Buddies who have helped me along the way!! I certainly could not have done this without your help!!