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My S.M.A.R.T goals for the BLC

Friday, June 07, 2013

Iíve had great trouble in finding and vocalising these. I started out thinking that four goals seemed a good round number, and after all, we all know what we want, donít we? To lose weight and get fit, right? But these goals have to be measurable, which means being very specific, tape or scales for instance, and suddenly itís not quite so easy anymore.

I have this kinda amorphous blob in my head, made up of me being slimmer and fitter. Me looking nice in my karate gi, rather than a sack of spuds with a belt round it. How do you measure that?

Not feeling that youíve been drawn as the short straw when tasks are handed out, that everybody in the group is eying you up and hoping they wonít be drawn as YOUR partner, how do you measure that?

Going out thinking I look quite pretty, then catching sight of myself in a shop window, and thinking........How can I measure that?

So in the end I found myself trying to tie these things down, and taking them apart to see quite what it was that disturbed and upset me about how I am. Itís upsetting me now, just typing this, and goodness we only have 12 weeks to start putting things right, when Iíve had a lifetime to get them wrong!

So, here we go now, GOALS (thank goodness for that you might well say!)

To able to walk up the four flights of stairs in my local library without being out of breath. It doesnít matter how much fitness training I do, I am always puffing and blowing at the top. I know that I may always be slightly out of breath, but it would be nice not to be hanging over the bannisters and turning purple.

To be able to do up the green checked blouse Iíve never worn as it strains over my bust.

To be able to kneel down and sit back on my feet. We start the karate class like that, and Iím the only one in a class of 30 that has to kneel up, because I canít put my weight on my heels.

To do the splits!!! At least forward/backward. This one sounds ridiculous I know, but I have long tendons. I can not only stand and put both hands on the floor, but almost my elbows! Iím nearly there! Unfortunately the sideways extension isnít nearly as good.

So there we are. Iím not sure if I can post this now, Iíll sit and think about it for a bit.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
EMJAYKAY 6/12/2013 10:44PM

    My first read of your blog & just have to subscribe as it is such a joy to read !

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STFRENCH 6/10/2013 7:24AM

    emoticon for untangling your feeling and turning them into concrete goals!

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REGILIEH 6/10/2013 1:54AM

    WOW!!! Those are terrific goals! emoticon emoticon

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KPACE7 6/9/2013 8:18PM

    I like your goals and your personal message. We will apply our goals and do a check up at the end of our twelve weeks.

Let's have a great round. emoticon

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    I totally loved reading your blog! I immediately connected with that reflection in the store window comment, and with the climbing the stairs. In fact, my inability to make it up the steps at home without running out of breath was one of the motivators that led me to SP.

I cannot wait to see you meet all these goals over the next 12 weeks! I am going to be right there cheering all the way!

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PATRICIAAK 6/8/2013 3:09PM

    Great job, despite the challenge, of coming up with measurable goals!

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IDICEM 6/8/2013 3:04PM

    I love your goals! Congratulations on joining the challenge and good luck with your goals.
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PATTYCAKE17 6/8/2013 1:06PM

    emoticon No matter what your do, keep your wonderful sense of humor. In the end the ability to laugh at yourself ( leaning over the bannister TURNING PURPLE) with an affectionate wink emoticon will make the outcome and your success that much more wonderful. Don't give up on you; anyone who has a SPLIT as a goal is to be commended! you are emoticon

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TRUCKERSMRS 6/8/2013 9:35AM

    I always find it difficult to vocalise what is in my head, especially when it comes to anything relating to me. Well done for getting your goals down and I'm sure you will succeed with them, including the splits!

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CHOCOHOLIC2276 6/8/2013 7:38AM

    Similar thoughts were going through my head. So, deep breath. You are a beautiful island sister and all of this effort will make you even MORE beautiful.

If possible take a picture of the checkered shirt and how it fits now (you don't have to share it) and see how it fits at the end of the 12 weeks. I've always regretted not taking enough pictures of this roller coaster ride I call weight loss.

emoticon goals and I know you can reach them!!!

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    I absolutely LOVE your goals! They are personal, they mean more to you than numbers, and yet they are still measurable and specific! Well done!!

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SUSANNAH31 6/7/2013 11:41PM

    What a great idea.
You have inspired me to come up with some measurable goals -- other than what I see on the scale.
Now let me think......

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SUSANELAINE1956 6/7/2013 10:42PM

    What interesting goals. I have never been able to do the splits. That's awesome. I am having so much fun getting to know you.

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JUNEAU2010 6/7/2013 8:46PM

    I like your goals!

What's at the other side of the coin?
Incentive to achieve, reward for doing so (besides the getting there)?

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 6/7/2013 7:28PM

    Great goals. Good luck with them. As for the feelings... maybe make a goal of turning those negative thoughts into positive ones X times a day or week. Good luck!

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    Great goals and nicely written

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LEANNAW4 6/7/2013 6:05PM

    Wonderful goals! As I read them, I thought those would be great goals for someone like me - and then I got to that last one about the splits! I could almost feel the brake grinding my enthusiasm to a halt for that one! But my enthusiasm for YOU to do them remains! I'll be rooting for you and have no doubt that you will meet all of these goals!

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CATLADY52 6/7/2013 5:26PM

    I'd say you stated your goals very well. emoticon

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MSPATOOTY 6/7/2013 4:21PM

    I loved your description of your amophous blobs of goals! I've never been a goal-setting kind of person, so that description is spot-on.

You did a good job, though, of identifying four measurable goals to aim towards. I especially like the one of being able to walk up 4 flights of stairs without huffing and puffing. It was something very similar that got me started exercising several years ago. It felt SO good the day that I finally chose the stairs over the elevator and arrived at the upper floor without breaking a sweat.


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ASPENHUGGER 6/7/2013 1:17PM


And very doable! You go girl!

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MARYJEANSL 6/7/2013 12:19PM

  I do know what you mean about having trouble putting measurable goals into words. I think yours are excellent...go for it!

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PARASELENIC 6/7/2013 12:17PM

    I love these goals! They are very realistic and measureable, but open in the approach you take to them which allows you the freedom to be flexible over the 12 weeks pursuing them.

You and I have similar brains and mindsets, too, I'm afraid-- the positive "I look good today" dissolving into total disappointment when you catch yourself in a mirror or window walking by.....

I don't any sage advice in how to tame that beast of negative action, but I do sympathize.

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CBRINKLEY401 6/7/2013 9:38AM

    Those are great measurable goals! Just keep at it. One day you will step out thinking you look great, see your reflection in a window, and think "Hey, I look even better than I thought I did!!" You CAN do this. We're all rooting for you. Good luck on the BLC.

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DR1939 6/7/2013 9:26AM

    Good, measurable goals, although you may want to break down the climbing stairs down into flights, making it one flight above what you can do now. emoticon

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MADEIT3 6/7/2013 9:25AM

    I love your goals - maybe except the splits. I've subscribed to your blog because I want to see how you do!

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MARUKI52 6/7/2013 8:56AM

    Oh!!! The blouse that won't do up. I wish I could as I haven't been able to for years now. I tend to opt for tops that have no buttons so I don't have that gap and have to see the other gender trying to peer into my underwear through the gap!

I also know the sack of potatoes feeling. It doesn't help either knowing how I used to look and know how I look now BUT we can change and, although I've been stuck now with my weight for far too long I am hopeful that the future will bring better results.......just as soon as I get rid of this blasted cold and my painful knee!


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RAINBOWCHOC 6/7/2013 8:22AM

    I can't kneel back either, I cut off the circulation and go dizzy. No problems with my knees, they work fine!
Good luck with the challenge and enjoy the fish and chips tonight.

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GOANNA2 6/7/2013 7:56AM

    Great blog. I know the feeling about the blouse
(I put a little pin in) I also have trouble at yoga
when we have to get on the floor and then when
I try to hoist myself up. What the heck, I am doing
this for me and pride myself in making the effort
to be attempting the moves. I will try and visualise
that I am 'getting' slimmer and maybe I'll believe
in myself a little more. emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 6/7/2013 7:51AM

    Keep at it. You will do it eventually.

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    You did a great job of coming up with measurable goals.

The parts about perceiving yourself as the short-straw choice and not quite pretty... I guess we must be twins! When I am by myself, my inner svelte, young, happy self prevails.. but add other people into the mix.. well enough said.

Maybe we both could use a course on improving our belief in ourselves, our own self-worth. Do you think anyone could teach us to value ourselves so much that we can graciously forgive our short-comings?

Oops. this did get rather long.
Have a great day, and a better rest of your life.
And here are a few HUGS, to get you on your way.
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PINKANGEL73 6/7/2013 7:25AM

    Congratulations on taking the plunge to join the BLC and on having the courage to post your blog.

I'm sure there are lots of things you like about yourself too. I can certainly think of many things to admire about you. You are intelligent, articulate, inspirational in the way you have turned your fitness around, sociable, interesting - I could go on.

If I were you I would concentrate on those things and try hard to let go of the past hurts. Easier said than done I know but I do think that it is key to a more balanced and healthier future for many of us.

Much success to you emoticon

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DOVESEYES 6/7/2013 6:41AM

    What an amazing blog I am in awe of people who are so articulate, I know you will accomplish your goals.

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    First, your sense of humor is delightful. You bring me a smile and a laugh nearly every time you post, and for that I thank you.

Second, about SMART goals: I had a time deciding the difference between attainable and realistic. Finally got it that attainable means I might actually have the ability to return to the weight I was in college. Realistic, however, means I'm unlikely to do so.

No one can decide for you whether or not your goals, while attainable, are also realistic. It seems to me you've got a good list. It seems to me (always) that you know what you're doing.

So here I am cheering you on for your twelve weeks. Go for it.

And here I am telling you that, were I lucky enough to meet you in person rather than merely virtually, I'd adore spending time with you.

Whether or not you can get up the library stairs without hugging and puffing. Whether or not your blouse is buttoned perfectly. Whether or not you can sit down on your feet. Whether or not you can do the splits.

When you look at yourself in shop windows, rather than see the self you don't particularly admire, perhaps you could see me...admiring you???

Best of success with your 12-week challenge.

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