My husband and I both love M*A*S*H, we watch it all the time. There is an episode from an early season where a football loses a leg and feels like now he has nothing to live for because he can't play football. Near the end of the episode Radar O'Reily, who is a fan of this football player, reminds the wounded man about one of his best games. His team was losing and it was near the end of the game, but they just kept running short passes down the field until they were able to score and win the game. Radar suggests that this young man try the same strategy in his recovery.
"What's my point?" I know you are asking yourself this right now and here it is. Much like taking things one step at a time, sometimes it is the short goals that help us reach our ultimate long term goal(s). Well I just figured out my first short term goal. I'm leaving for a trip of a lifetime at the end of January, I'm going to Hawaii. I'll be there for 7 days and I have a lot of activities planned. One of these activities is horseback riding. As you may have noticed from sparkpage, I love horses and horseback riding. I don't get to do it nearly as much as I would like, but I couldn't pass up on a chance to see one of the most exotic places on earth while riding one of the most beautiful animals on earth.
As we were making all our reservations, booking our activities, and reading all the find print I noticed one of the requirements for the horseback riding is that every rider must be under 230lbs. Although I happen to be under that weight right now, it's not by much. Also, I tend to where my yoga clothes when I weigh myself and they are very light. I don't want to miss up on my chance to horseback ride in Hawaii just because of my weight, I may never get another chance to do it ever again. So I am determined to be 200lbs or less by the time I get to Hawaii at the end of January. I leave 10 weeks from today, so if I lose 2lbs a week for the next 10 weeks I should make 200lbs. I know this is a very challenging goal and I have no illusions that I will a petite little thing in a bikini while on the beach, but I do plan on making the weight to ride horses.
The point of this is it gives me a short term goal to work towards, and it's something I know I really want so it will motivate me to work even harder. I am also painfully aware that it is right in the middle of the holiday season with Thanksgiving only a week away, so I will have some tough food challenges ahead, but I keep looking at pictures of Oahu and the beautiful places I could see on horseback and I know it will help me through. Also, even once my trip is done, I will have the benefits of being closer to my final goal weight and my way to a healthier me.
I plan to keep challenging myself to small goals until I finally reach my ultimate goal of 125lbs. I hope you found this helpful to you, I find posting very helpful to me. As always, thanks for listening.
Good Luck and Keep Sparking,