Setting some real-life goals.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
I've been thinking a lot about goals lately. Numbers on a scale are, in a way, an abstract concept for me. I've been thinking more about things I'm looking forward to accomplishing as I get healthier- goals that I can picture enjoying.
I started by estimating when I may be able to move down pant sizes. I think, realistically, I can be down one more size by the first of August, and down another by the end of September (when I have a work presentation to make). I think I can be down one more by Thanksgiving, another by Valentine's Day, another by my birthday, and one more by our cruise date. Those are very doable dates, I think.
I've got some other goals, as well. I'm looking forward to the day when I can shop the large sizes in "regular" stores. It will be wonderful when I can have more shopping options. I'm looking forward to the time when the seat belt latch mechanism on my car seat no longer digs into my hip while I drive. I will be happy, too, when I can purchase one of the logo polo shirts available to employees of my workplace.
These are all goals that I can close my eyes and picture myself getting the opportunity to enjoy. These kind of goals seem much more real to me than getting to a particular weight. I don't know what I'll weigh when I can shop at the mall for clothes, buy an employee polo, or get rid of the "shield" I use to keep the seat belt latch from digging into my hip. The numbers won't really matter to me. What will matter will be the opportunity to embrace those liberating life experiences.
I'm so looking forward to meeting each of those goals some time over the next 11 months.