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Small Goals

Thursday, July 25, 2013

That's what we're told to focus on when we started. When we see big numbers happening, sometimes we forget to keep on focusing on those small goals.

When I began I focused on 5 pounds at a time. We even got Spark Trophies for each 5 pound loss up to 30 pounds before it started on 10 pounds at a time (these are self reported, check your trophy case).

I'm not sure when or why my focus really waned. It got to the holidays the first year right after 50 pounds. I took some time off. I tried to lose a little more this winter, but it didn't really stick. I gained 10 back and am still hovering around 5 of the gain still. Fortunately I stopped myself before 10 could add up to more.

Now I'm going to focus on each 5 again. I know the number on the scale isn't everything, but, to me, it's a big part of it. I still have those bigger goals on my Spark Page, 175 that I passed once already, 161 for 30% of my original weight gone, 154 for a "normal" bmi, then my "final" weight of 150. They may not seem like huge goals to some, but 14 pounds is huge! Perhaps I should celebrate 169 also just to give me a smaller goal to reach for between those big numbers.

I may update my ticker again when I get closer, just so I don't get stuck again. It got intimidating that I did so much that I just didn't want to progress. The visual helps, even if others may not see the success I already have had.

I know I can do it because I have done it, I just need to keep going, 5 pounds at a time. I don't have other goals to hit anymore, like do a 5k, I do that in my park frequently, and even manage 2 miles with the kids out with me. I know my limits because I've been pushing myself for the last year and a half. I'm working on the forever me and have made many friends along the way, both virtual and randomly in the park.

I've created a healthy home. Junk food is so limited here that it's surprising when it's here and when it is, it's usually organic. (Annie's brand is a fair price at Target, I can get her Graham Bunnies for $2 a box on sale and they taste better than those bears.) The kids love to eat fruit, cherries are on sale so those are our treat this week. I even have them help me pick out what we should eat each week and they picked out bananas and apples (although I think the apples were because of a loose tooth, for some reason they think apples will help them come out).

The kids and I love to get out. There's no excuse with a great park with paved trails and two spots for them to play. As long as we get out in the morning on hotter days, we can still do it. With the cool front this week, lunchtime walks are preferable. I don't have to worry about wondering how far I walked, my fitbit tells me when we're done so I can accurately track my mileage.

I am part of groups that keep on pushing me to go. I even am in a facebook group that keep us moving. I've joined a challenge to add up all the miles we can next month.

I have a hobby that both makes me work out like crazy and will harvest great pesticide-free veggies this year. Gardening makes me move, even with my balcony, I still have to water that every day. The big garden needs constant weeding, so I am sore about 3 days afterward each week. I'm saving a small part my food budget when I garden. You just can't get better produce than the stuff directly from the garden, especially since it ripens on the vine. Those are where the best nutrients are from.

The biggest reason I haven't gained all the weight back is that I did change how I eat. I am more prone to eating a salad and fruit than chips and candy. I enjoy my "dessert" for breakfast every morning of berries and vanilla yogurt (it changed from single serving sized fruit on the bottom Greek yogurt, but has been yogurt for the last year and a half). I'll air-pop some white kernel popcorn at night if I still feel hungry or in need of chewing on something (20 calories a cup). I've even dabbled in vegetarian meals, some of them are strictly vegan.

I'm back to enjoying food again. For a while food was unpleasant, but now that I'm trying new recipes again, it's becoming enjoyable. I know not every meal will turn out tasty, but I'm getting to the point where I know what tastes good and which herbs create a great flavor. I use fresh ingredients most of the time. New ingredients create fun new flavors. I even am growing a new basil this year, a lemon basil. I can't wait for it to be big enough to try with the tomatoes that should be ripe at the same time.

With my new habits and my focus on small goals, I should easily be able to get to the weight loss finish line 5 pounds at a time!

Today's Holidays: Candles on a Cake Day, Thread the Needle Day, Culinarians Day and National Hot Fudge Sundae Day.
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    I love small goals too! I have two goals right now broken up. My small goal is 5 pounds (220-215), and today I am 216.2, so my small goal is feeling oh-so-attainable. My next small goal will be 215-210, etc, I will keep breaking it down in 5# increments. And, my Fitbit goal is small, too. I will just add (even 10 steps) to the day prior. Keep going, you are awesome and I always love the insight on your blog, you are an inspiration! :) emoticon
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  • FRAN0426
    Sometimes we need to go back to what was working in the beginning of the jouney. We get side tracked thinking we reached small goals, now go for larger goals. However, since small goals let us get happily on our journey we should always keep setting small goals too.
    You have come a long way since you staarted, and I know you will reach your goal with remembering to continue having small goals too.
    Food we do get bored making the same things over and over, lucky for us there are those wonderful herbs to give a dish a new flavor. I myself can get stuck with what should I make for meals; breakfast and lunch don't seem to be a hassle--its the evening meal that needs some changing. Now that hubby and I are alone we can enjoy more salad type meals in the summer with all the fresh veggies and fresh fruits, add a slice of meat or some cheese for protein and we will be good.
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  • CHERYLA2012
    Every step no matter how big or small gets you where you want to be!
    1519 days ago
    It is better to keep the goals focused on the short-term, but so difficult not to look longingly at the big goals. It takes so much effort for me to drop even 1 to 2 pounds that the progress almost feels futile sometimes. Thanks for the reminder to just keep at the little increments. Sounds like you have a great attitude and are surrounding yourself with good food and healthy activities.
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    Yay!! You are going about it ALL the right ways!! I know you can do this..... slow and steady!! emoticon
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  • KAREN608
    You certainly have changed so many things in your life.
    The small goals ought to work for you since you aren't who you were once.
    Thanks for your blogs to keep me motivated.
    1519 days ago
    Based on everything I know those 5 pounds will just melt are doing great....

    1519 days ago
    I believe you can too!

    You've made huge strides and are well on your way to success.

    1519 days ago
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