Aspirational goals vs. realistic goals
Monday, March 18, 2013
One thing I've been playing around with here is how my goals are structured to see if that helps take some of the anxiety out of facing the scale. Y'all can tell me if I'm just plain nuts.
I've got two sets of goals. My first set are the realistic ones - the ones you see on my SparkPage - losing 40 lbs by the end of October (1 lb/week loss) and creating a habit around getting regular exercise to improve my stamina. Then there's aspirational goals - to be within 5 lbs of my goal weight in July for my nephew's wedding (1.5 lb/week loss) and be able to run 5 k three times per week. That's what my eating and exercise plans are built around.
Losing 1.5 lbs/week is a total stretch, but it would put me in the "normal" weight range and I'd look great for family photos - but even if I just lose 1 lb per week - or even less - I'll still look better than I did when I started. Plus I find it motivating to have an event to work towards, not just some random date. And I tend to like having a "reach".
Because I've set the realistic goal and put that where everybody can see it, I'm not going to stress if I don't achieve the aspirational weight loss goal in time, but I'm still going to aim for that aspirational goal.