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I need some goals!!

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

I need to come up with some new goals. For a long time now, I've just been so focused on losing weight and getting into a regular exercise routine. I've read a ton of articles, learned a lot about nutrition, added strength training sessions, increased my cardio, joined challenges, worked on "streaks".

Now I find myself at my goal weight and feel slightly "adrift". I'm certainly not going to stop tracking my food or exercising. But just saying "I'm going to maintain my weight" is not enough. I need some new goals.

I suppose I should broaden my horizons here and come up with some life goals, but I am drawing a blank. My first thought is that I have no ambition. But maybe what it really is, is a lack of imagination. I know there are a bunch of things I do NOT want to do. I have no interest in climbing Mt. Everest (or any mountain, for that matter), I don't want to run anywhere (unless something is on fire or someone falls in the lake), and I can't think of a single sport I'd rather participate in, than watch from the sidelines and cheer people on. I am a fabulous spectator!

There is not a big career move I've been wanting to make. My marriage is solid, my relationships with my family and friends are good.

Maybe I should just pick something and do it anyway, whether I want to or not.... (I'm talking about maybe walking a 5K or something, not ditching the husband or quitting my job.)

(sigh) Perhaps putting this out there, will elicit some suggestions for me.

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KSCHRAUT 2/8/2012 5:40PM

    Miss Ruth -- GO YOU for knowing you should be setting some goals now that you've reached your goal weight!

Some suggestions for goals:
Train for a 5k? SP has walking 5K training programs, or walk/jog programs if running isn't your thing.

Try a new exercise. Mixing things up can really motivate! I recommend ZUMBA or Kickboxing, but there are MANY options out there!

Start a streak that you are committed to keeping -- water, exercise minutes, crunches/day, miles/week, etc. Reward yourself (new book, self-care, etc.) every time you reach some milestone for this streak.

Good luck!!

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MNNICE 2/8/2012 12:31PM

    I totally understand. I had the same problem when I reached my goal weight. It's definitely more difficult to think of goals and I still struggle with that. My first one was to "train for" a 5K (I wasn't ready to commit to actually running one!). I did do a 5K and ran all the way, but not really crazy about running another one. Not sure of your age, but I'm on a great team - "50+ Maintainers" - that has very active members and provides lots of support. Congratulations on reaching your goal weight! Now begins a new road called Maintenance!

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BONDMANUS2002 2/8/2012 12:09PM

  walking is best

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