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Hopes and fears

Friday, March 08, 2013

I think a lot about my future- both about the things I hope for and about the things I fear. I need to remember that it's okay if my hopes don't come to fruition, and I cannot allow myself to be held back by my fears.

Today I was reflecting on all the exciting things that are coming up within the next couple of months. Tomorrow I'm going to a much anticipated conference with some friends. In two weeks we leave on our trip to North Carolina. Then comes Easter. Two weeks after that, I'm going to a conference in Seattle, where I'll get to see a good friend I haven't seen in quite a while. Then, two weeks after that, we're surprising the kids with a trip to Disney World for their birthday. It's going to be a busy couple of months!

With all of this upcoming travel, I do have some fears about how I'll be able to sustain and continue losing weight. I'm particularly worried about how I'll manage to work out while on the road. I've already started troubleshooting and plan to bring my resistance bands along with me on each trip. I'll also be walking/hiking as much as possible. And if any of our hotels have fitness centers or pools, I'll be sure to put them to good use (even if that means getting up to work out while everyone else is still sleeping).

These trips have also provided me with a nice opportunity to set some weight loss goals. Vacations have always been a great motivator for me. it would be really nice to have some pictures I don't hate of me with my family. I'd really like to lose at least 5 pounds by the North Carolina trip. 10 pounds by Seattle. And 15 pounds by the time we go to Disney world. It's ambitious, but I'm confident that I can do it.

Have you ever set goals with deadlines? Did you achieve those goals? What's your best motivator?
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    Wow, sounds like you've got some exciting times coming up!
    The only deadline goal I've ever set is to get to my goal weight by my birthday. It's only 5 weeks til then so it's very unlikely to happen. Oh well, I will get there eventually.
    Maybe I should set some smaller deadlines, I suspect it's the fact that my birthday was so far away that meant I slacked a bit now and then. I guess I need more immediate pressure to get going!
    1835 days ago
    I am so proud of you for planning your exercise, it will help you stay where you need to be. Remember to drink extra water though when flying, it will help with the fatigue, as well as the bloating that seems to occur when you fly=)

    I am right there with you on the goal setting, although to be honest sometimes I dream to big, and set myself up for failure.My goal right now is to be a size 10 buy my birthday in June. So far I am down from a 22 to an 18, but the 3 sizes feel daunting.

    Have fun on your trips, I love to travel when we can, and Disney is always a blast, you will have to tell me what your favorite park is=)

    Have a great night, and keep up the good work.

    1835 days ago
    I like what you said about not letting your fears holding you back... But I have to answer that my fear to fail, sometimes makes me avoid setting goals with deadlines... I still don't trust my self and think that if I set a goal to loose a specific amount of weight on a deadline... I may fail and just become discouraged, so I prefer just to make my best effort, and feel surprised when things go well... Or feel calm and analytic if things go wrong or not as expected (like when I plateau a few weeks ago).

    But if I'm honest... I think I should challenge myself with a deadline for extra encouragement.
    1835 days ago
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