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Updated Weight Loss Goal Date

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Clearly, I'm not going to lose 20 pounds in less than 2 months from now. Nov 22 (or something like that) was my goal I set in Jan. to reach 157.

I finally updated my goal date in SP for weight loss. I don't know why I put it off or why changing that date bothers me so much. I guess it is because it is a black-and-white reminder that I haven't done all that I could. While I'm completely content with my progress, I know I could have done better even if I don't think I *should* have done better.

The awesome part of it is that my calorie range is now back to something much more manageable. While I diligently use SP to track all exercise and food, I don't rely on SP to set my calorie range because the SP calorie range hasn't worked for me in a while based on my exercise habits.

But now I wonder if part of the reason the calorie range hasn't been working is tied to that goal date.

Lesson - I need to revisit the goal date more often and not be too proud to change it.

Action - I've set a reminder on my calendar to check and update the date at the end of the year or sooner if I don't stay on track with my weight-loss.
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    Your thoughts on re-visiting your goal make a lot of sense. Life happens and you have done SO AWESOME this past year!!

    I can totally relate with your calorie range issue! I exercise a TON and found that I was starving if I kept within the SP calorie range. I still use the nutrition tracker to keep calories from getting too out of hand but am happier and still within a few lbs of my "happy weight".
    1428 days ago
  • KANOE10
    Good luck on re-evaluating your goals and figuring out your plan on your last pounds. You have done a wonderful job of losing 100 pounds!

    1442 days ago
    Good job taking action! Good luck to you!
    1442 days ago
    Sometimes you have to tinker with things to see what works and what doesn't. Hope you found what works for you. Good luck!
    1444 days ago
    I just reset all of my goals to reach my goal weight by my next birthday, 1 year from now. I've got about 42 lbs to lose. Sure, I'd like to be thin now. But the older I get the more I realize that the journey is as important, maybe more, than the destination. I'm going to take it slow and easy to give my habits time to form and take hold, my body and skin a chance to keep up with the changes, and my BMR a chance to stay revved. I've changed my definition of success to slowing down, enjoying the ride, and finding moderation.

    Everyone needs to figure out what works best for themselves. It looks like you are doing just that. I applaud you for coming to terms with the pace of losing your final 20 lbs. If it were me, and I hadn't met a goal date, I'd be questioning whether any of it had been worth it, because I'd hyperfocus on missing goal date and ignore the 100 lbs of victory. You didn't fall into that trap. You looked squarely at the situation, and revised your goals and your strategy. Now that's smart.
    1444 days ago
    Personally I feel like it doesn't really matter how long it takes me to get to my weight goals as long as the journey is right. What's right for me? Setting myself up with sustainable, life-changing habits that will let me maintain my goal once I get there. In other words, I don't care how long it takes me to lose weight as long as the way I do it A) doesn't make me crazy or deprived and B) I only do stuff that I can see myself doing for the rest of my life to lose this weight. For me that means slowly changing my eating habits and gradually increasing my fitness. I don't want to get to goal by doing any starvation diets or working out more than an hour every day. It's more important for me to stay sane and go slow that drop the weight by some arbitrary date on the calendar.

    So I don't see anything wrong with you changing your goal date. Sometimes we don't lose weight on a time schedule. You've lost a hundred friggin pounds, woman! You are amazing. So you won't lose 20 pounds in the next 2 months. So what? You are doing really well. Keep that in mind please.
    1445 days ago
    I hope the reevaluate works for you!
    1445 days ago
  • CRISSA1669
    Hmmm, I don't think I ever paid attention to the goal date....but what I have paid attention to is......changing goal dates...I use to hate to not reach a date I had set, but I quicklly realized that it was messing me up...once I just accepted the fact that goals are changeable, it made things a lot easier for me...but only if I was doing all I could...if I knew I wasn't pushing myself then I think I'd have angst over changing a goal!! I'm trying to push hard to the homestretch so I am doing the 17 day diet...I picked it up from the's pretty realistic too...I don't do "diets" but I really wanted something structured for my home stretch...I have given myself until Nov 25 to get to 155....will I get clue but I'm gonna work really hard to try... I'm glad we've got each other to inspire and be inspired by...and to make our TWINDOM even more comical..........I'm 5'7!!!!!!!!!! seriously, I AM!!! I was cracking up!! We are seriously two peas in a pod!!
    1445 days ago
  • CAROL-
    Thanks for the reminder -- I really need to do this too.
    1445 days ago
  • GR8TAWK-N-2-U
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  • _JODI404
    emoticon Hope that adjusted calorie range helps further your success!! You WILL get there.... you WILL!!! emoticon
    1445 days ago
    If you are not clocking your expected calorie's burned every week that is why it isn't working for you. Took me forever to figure it out. LOL.

    Here's to a new start!
    1445 days ago
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