Sunday, December 30, 2012
I was recently reading an article (or maybe a quiz) on Spark about setting goals. The recommended goals, it says, are specific -- they have dates and amounts. So, for example, "Exercise for at least 30 minutes 5x/week" would be a much better goal than just, "exercise more." I totally get that.
But it also recommended weight loss goals -- lose 5 lbs by the end of January, for example. I'd certainly love to achieve that. And in my friends' blogs, I see that kind of goal popping up too. After all, that's why we're here, right?
But I'm scared to set a weight goal. I know I can control how much I exercise, how many calories I eat, how many days in a row I drink 8+ cups of water. But much as I try, I can't control my weight as well as I'd like. It depends not just on calories (which are difficult to track 100% accurately, but that's another post) and on exercise, but also on my sodium intake, what I'm wearing that day, how well hydrated I am, where I am in my cycle, which way the wind is blowing, and several other things I'm not even aware of. I don't feel that I can control whether or not I lose weight -- I can try my best, but I just don't know.
Is this an attitude that's realistic? Or is it setting me up for failure? Should I be setting weight loss goals with specific dates and numbers, or should I continue to set goals that are in my control, like exercise and calorie goals? What do you do?