Baby steps toward a new life
Monday, January 07, 2013
I was inspired by 111BUTTERFLY111 and her New Year's blog about goal-setting. But I have found myself struggling and thinking over the course of days about how to set my own goals. Establishing goals does not come that easily to me.
Of course, I have my big goal. Lose all this weight and go on to live the fabulous, energetic and athletic life I originally set out to have before I allowed this huge weight barrier to get in the way. But getting from here to there just seems to stretch on into infinity. It's such a LOT of weight to lose. Don't I just keep doing what I am doing until I get there?
I know the answer is yes AND no. Do I need to keep exercising more and eating more healthfully and moderately? Yes. But I know I need to set a few guideposts from here to there to help me along and to help establish habits that can serve me just as well after I have lost the weight.
But trying to think about what those should be has left me slightly mystified. It just hasn't been my habit in the past. When people have asked me at job interviews where I want to be in five years I have always mumbled something about doing my job with increasing responsibility. I realize that must have sounded very uninspired.
So I guess the best way to get better at setting goals is to practice. So here are a few to start with:
1. Celebrate incremental weight losses with a reward every 10 pounds. I bought myself some new walking shoes after the first 20 pounds, so maybe the next reward should be a new swimming suit for my water aerobics.
2. Say one good thing about my body every day. Today, for example, I am happy to see that I am recovering enough to exercise after I hurt my back last week. My body still has good recovery capabilities.
3. Exercise five days a week for 45 minutes or more.
4. Drink at least eight glasses of water for seven days straight.
5. Try at least one new fitness activity this month.
6. Stay within my calorie limits for seven days straight.
Ok, that's a start. I wish I were a little more creative, but baby steps, I guess. Now to figure out where I want my career to be in five years.