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Where I was, Where I am, Where the Heck am I going?

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

My Come on Light Your Fire group issued a challenge today about re-evaluating our goals. I decided to go back to some of my very first blogs and try to remember what life was like. Here are some things I found:
I got excited over a 3 day streak of 5,000 steps - now I average 12,000
I was elated over doing a 5k in 55 minutes - today I felt I had an ok time at 33 minutes
I was huffing and puffing to force a 2 miles dog walk daily - now we go for 5 or 6 and I debate counting it as exercise.

I was accomplishing so much less but I was so much happier about it. Now I know someone is going to say it was because things were fresh and new. I don't doubt that was part of it. But the other part was I felt like I was ACCOMPLISHING something. I was changing and that was exciting. Now, I'm just doing and that can get boring. I want that excitement back.

I noticed something else too about those early blogs. I didn't set out to DO any of those exciting things. I just found myself in the moment and when for it. I was putting myself in situations that I had never been in (or had not been in in a long time) and just seeing what I could do. Was that the key to the excitement?

I re-read my entire first two months of blogs this am. I can tell you one thing, I'm not the same person. When I came here, I wanted to be able to walk my dogs without getting winded, be able to train without needing help off the floor, and no look like I was expecting. I can now run Tazzy, walking Gypsy I don't even count anymore. I'm sitting on the floor right now with a lap desk writing this so getting up and down obviously isn't an issue any more. And although I still have a "pouch" in my tummy, no one would mistake me for preggers.

So I think I've discovered my problems. I have achieved my goals and the new ones I've set are thing that I have already done (PT test). Yes, I need to work to re-achieve but it is not as much fun as doing something NEW. I also need to come up with things that challenge me to grow.

So I need new goals. I need new visions and dreams. Honestly, I'm not all that good at this kind of stuff. So, for a physical challenge the PT test stays and I have to just work it every day like we did in BCT. But those goals need to go hand in hand with something more abstract. And things more outside of my newest little box.

I have 4 of the next 6 days all to myself. I think the old brain box is going to get the real workout. I am going back to one thing I did in the beginning that I've stopped doing. I'm just going to start stepping out there again and taking on things as they come. Let's see what life wants to throw my way.

Warm Wags.
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MERRY_XMAS 12/2/2012 2:54AM

    I set new goals all the time! Maybe being in the university helps me with that as I have to do specific things all the time. Having goals and trying to achieve them is what makes us successful and motivational!

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JAXMOMMY 11/24/2012 5:15PM

    You've come a long way Baby! Aren't you impressed? I am. You will find your next exciting challenge.... I don't know what it will be just as you don't, but it will find you and it will excite you and motivate you!

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BEAR8MM 11/22/2012 9:52PM

    I'm not sure there is anything in your area, but have you ever thought about rock climbing or wilderness hiking?

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GMO_JEN 11/21/2012 8:54PM

    I am right there with you looking for something more-but you have been kicking butt. I can't wait o see your something bigger plan.

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CATHYGETSFIT 11/21/2012 6:43PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You should be proud of what you have accomplished. I think that the key to complacency or boredom is always trying to push yourself and try new things. Good luck in finding new ways to challenge yourself and to have fun doing it! emoticon emoticon

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SOULFISH80 11/21/2012 3:34PM

    Interesting and educational blog. I am so far from having the successes that you have had, so I'm still in the "new" and exciting times. But, I've been "sparking" on and off for over a year, so I obviously haven't quite found my groove, consistently. I have problems with maintaining motivation. I guess it's a pitfall for all of us. I hope you find new, wonderful and exciting ways to get your blood flowing!! And you can always add non exercise goals into the mix to keep you engaged and growing in other ways. Maybe learn to knit or bake new, healthy things, or write, or read a good book you've been wanting to read for awhile. So many great ways to stay excited about life. Of course the exercise related ones add obvious benefits to the body, and overall well being, but sometimes sparking other areas of life can be really rewarding too!! Have a great Thanksgiving. Keep going strong, you are a bright light of inspiration for us all!

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MZKYND 11/21/2012 6:33AM

    Here's to new challenges, whoohoo!! Lucy is settling in nicely and even juiced for me AND the hubz this AM , yeah WOW doesn't even come close AND I didn't even have to juice him up some Cheetos with mountain dew :P

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A-NEW-TARA 11/21/2012 12:13AM

    I think that's one of the greatest thing about having older blogs to go back to. I think we don't always see the full expanse of the changes that happen and being able to look back and see those changes really helps us continue to move forward.
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1EMMA2011 11/20/2012 11:00PM

    What I want to say to you is you are not alone. Together we can do anything. You help me so much. Tell me how I can help you with your goals.

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FORMERFATGUY777 11/20/2012 10:32PM

    I think we have to constantly reevaluate our goals and come up with new challenges. Keep up the good work.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/20/2012 9:53PM

  Great blog. We really do sometimes have to look to the past to see how far we have come! You've come a long way. I have been in maintenance since Jan. 2011 and it IS different. But still find all kinds of things to work on. One things for sure, I guess I'll always have to work on portion control. And that's alright. If that's my biggest solvable challenge, I'm good.

HUGS and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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JUMPINJULIE 11/20/2012 9:29PM

    I feel the same kind of like i have ran out of stuff but i'm going to do more thinking and see what i come up with. I bet you'll come up with something awesome to do and i think just going and doing whatever sounds like a great plan. I know you can do it. emoticon

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WILLOWBROOK5 11/20/2012 9:14PM

    How neat to see how far you have come! I look forward to seeing what new goals you come up with.
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LIVINGFREE19 11/20/2012 7:09PM

    You have done so well!
I am happy for you.
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BEARGODDESS 11/20/2012 3:59PM

    I think that you are a natural fighter. While all the physical work is still going to be necessary to keep yourself at maintenance, I think that now that you've ginned up your self confidence and your belief in yourself as a fighter who WINS, you'll find something close to your heart that needs a warrior.

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CATMAGNET 11/20/2012 3:20PM

    Awesome progress, Kitty! Just keep striving for bigger and better, girl!

WOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOO! :)

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LANEYTHEGIRL 11/20/2012 2:23PM

    Very interesting. I've always wondered what maintenance will be like. About a month ago I found my interest in all of this slipping away. I had mastered the elliptical and I could walk the hills near my house without stopping. I was also becoming a pro at staying in my calorie range and my clothes were fitting me again.

That's when I realized I need to constantly be setting short term goals and some long term ones. I decided to set a new goal on the elliptical (3 miles in 30 minutes) and attempt jogging. I also started a bootcamp they offer at my job and I signed up for a 5K. These are not terribly difficult or complicated but it became fun all over again. When I master these, I'll try something else. I've been daydreaming about all sorts of things I wanted to do around here, like warrior dash and hiking to the top of the mountain.

Good luck in finding some new goals/activities to keep you engaged.

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TWEETYKC00 11/20/2012 2:12PM

    There are so many little ways to try and get back some excitement, even a small change here and there can get you going again!

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MRSTABER 11/20/2012 1:44PM

    You are such an inspiration! Keep up the good work!

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ALWYS-LKN-UP 11/20/2012 1:37PM

    GREAT JOB!! So much of what you said rang true for me also, the boredom especially. So I like your seeing what life is going to throw at you - that's exciting!! ENJOY the journey!! :)

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BRAVELUTE 11/20/2012 1:24PM

    Sounds like you're bored with your activities. What about your food. Could there be an adventure in fruits and veggies?
Triathlon?
Sky Dive?
Scuba Dive?
Climb Mt. Everest?
Be healthy and vibrant when you're 120?

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VTRICIA 11/20/2012 1:11PM

    You know me, I live in abstraction land. No advice, really, but I'll go check out the challenge. I just changed all my goals about 3 weeks ago, but maybe I'll get some good ideas.

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LESLIELENORE 11/20/2012 1:01PM

    It is great that you have accomplished so much already, but I can see where the excitement may have waned. I think I am going through something similar. I do things that are beyond what my expectations were, but the goals I have now are either too easy or too distant. I need to figure out what to do for a challenge that is achievable, more immediate and difficult. Good luck to you in your pondering!

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 11/20/2012 12:51PM

    Until the day we die we need to keep setting new goals, or we stagnate.
Here's to you setting some new ones!
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BEAUTY_WITHIN 11/20/2012 12:43PM

    That's a great idea! :) Keep up the great work!

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IRONBLOSSOM 11/20/2012 12:25PM

    Great blog! We all need to reevaluate sometimes, and getting that spark back and working for us is extremely important! I also struggle with this, even when I haven't yet met my goals.

Maybe you want to take up a new sport or challenge? Zumba, roller derby, triathlon-ing?

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KJELLYBEAN15 11/20/2012 12:14PM

    I think it's wonderful that you are re-evalutating what you are doing and what you can do. You have obviously come a long way (from what it sounds like) and I cannot wait to see where this all takes you.

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MDKM80 11/20/2012 12:05PM

    You have come a long way and there is no shame in saying 'what now'. I know you are proud of what you have done as you should be! I'm happy for you that you can re-evaluate your goals and set the bar that much higher! Keep up the fantastic work, you make me believe that I can reach my goals and for that Thank you!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 11/20/2012 11:59AM

    may ber a few races are on the line.just a thought.something to work towards emoticon

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CIPHER1971 11/20/2012 11:57AM

    Wow what a great journey you have been on. My out of the box future challenges are to do a Sprint Triathlon, and to learn to burlesque dance

Have an awesome day

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ANATASHIKI 11/20/2012 11:50AM

    emoticon emoticon all those are great and don't forget to be grateful for them and don't take them for granted . I lost once 70 pounds and I thought it was for ever but all it took was a surgery and some illnesses and they were back. try to find a new type of workout if running isn't enough challenging and you want something new . and don't forget all this thing is to feel better and it should be fun emoticon
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MEGH0209 11/20/2012 11:45AM

    I am excited to hear what you come up with. I struggle with this as well. I still have a weight loss goal, but find that is not enough. I need something physical to challenge me or I will stop with any physical activity which leaves too much time on my hands and then I gain weight back.

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