I feel like I'm back in the groove. I'm ready to take the bull by the horns, kick some major @$$, and drop a good chunk of weight. That thinking, of course, led to pondering about setting some goals for myself. Why have goals? Well, as someone wise once said, "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail."
As I began to scheme and dream on the grandeur of losing said weight, I remembered something else. When setting goals, you're not supposed to set a goal so lofty that you set yourself up for failure. THAT makes sense. Be realistic. Yet, if you don't reach out for something seemingly impossible you'll never get there, right? There's a song that I hear on K-love a lot. One of the lines says, "Believe the unbelievable, receive the inconceivable." I know that it's talking about G-d's love for us but I know that He, who cares even about the well being of a sparrow, wants to answer our prayers about an impossible sounding weight loss goal.
This is the song for anybody who cares to listen:
Now, I'm not asking for instantaneous weight loss (although, I must caveat by saying that I believe He CAN perform such a miracle). I'm willing to put in the sweat and tears and hard work. I was thinking more along the lines of being down to 215 by Mon July 15th. That would be a 12 lb weight loss in 4 weeks (I'm counting from this past Monday. With the awesome way I've been staying on track there's no reason I shouldn't lose a good chunk on Monday). Breaking that down, that would be a weight loss of 3 lbs per week.
I recently read an article on goal setting. It spoke about setting 3 goals for the task at hand and used an acronym to help one remember how to do this. The acronym is MTO. M stands for minimum, T stands for target, and O stands for outrageous.
Here's the article if anyone is interested:
Here is my goal:
M- lose 4 lbs in 4 weeks, 1 lb per week
T- lose 8 lbs in 4 weeks, 2 lbs per week
O- lose 12 lbs in 4 weeks, 3 lbs per week
See, I"m not setting myself up for failure. If I don't achieve my high, lofty, OUTRAGEOUS goal no big deal. I'd prefer to at least reach my Target goal, but if not, I've still succeeded with an easily attainable goal of 1 lb lost per week.
So, what is my plan? Just how exactly do I reach this dream of mine? Do I fly by the seat of my pants and hope that I achieve and hope that I succeed? NO sireee bob! I have a plan! That, I do
I'm setting my plan up just like my goal- with MTO
M- consume no more than 2,000 calories
T-consume no more than 1800 calories
O-consume no more than 1600 calories
M-Burn 800 calories per week
T- Burn 1750 calories per week
O- burn 3500 calories per week
I have a plan for exercise too, about how the heck I'm going to achieve such a lofty goal as burning 3500 calories per week. Its doable. Hard, but doable. Of course, my hope is that I will have lost an incredibly large chunk this week so that the last three weeks won't have to be so strict =)
Oh and I'll blog about what exactly I intend to do for exercise but now its 2 AM and time for bed. (this blog has been rolling around in my head all day!)