Even if I miss, I'll land among the stars. I just love that quote.
I have been in a place in my weight loss journey, where I have just kind of adopted the "I'll get there when I get there motto". I know if I do what I need to do, I will eventually get to my goal weight. I also know that life can be unpredictable and that the scale can be just as fickle! I know that sometimes, you can do everything right and the scale refuses to budge. I know that sometimes life throws you these curve balls and they knock you off your game. But at the same time I think having goals and something to work towards and look forward to is a great thing.
So I'm going to talk about my HUGE goals for 2014. I will have smaller, monthly goals throughout the year, but my hopes, dreams and goals for 2014 are as follows:
To get to my goal weight of 160 pounds! It is beyond doable to get to my goal weight this year. With the proper dedication and consistency, I can very realistically reach this goal before the end of the year, and shift into maintenance. I would even like to lose an additional 5 pounds before the "holiday madness" starts in 2014, so I have a little bit of a cushion. Which leads me to my next goal...
To learn from my mistakes. We all make mistakes, that is no secret... but it's what we do after those mistakes that count. I have made mistakes in all areas, not just weight loss. I have learned that some people don't have a place in your life, and as sad and hard as it might be, you have to let them go. I have learned the important people will fight to stay in your life, and won't walk away easily. I have learned that for me, weight loss takes a lot of focus. I have learned that if I take my eye off the prize for even a minute, my old habits creep right back in! I have learned how easily 1 "off day" can turn into 1 month off track, and I am determined to keep bad days to a minimum in 2014. I am also aware that holiday time is a rough time for many, and a very rough time for me specifically. I will have a better plan and stick to it during the holidays in 2014! I won't regain anymore than my "5 pound cushion" for the holidays. This year I gained 10 and I went into it with no planning... I learned the hard way on that one!
Other things I've learned in 2013 is that I deserve to be happy now, not later. I don't deserve to be happy once I get to my goal weight. I deserve to be happy now. I deserved to be happy 70+ pounds ago but I didn't see that at the time. I thought life would begin once I "finally lost the weight" and that's not true at all. We all deserve to be happy and enjoying life now. I also learned that my self worth and self esteem are in no way linked to my weight... and that is a very powerful feeling. :)
I have learned the support and people on Spark are priceless and play a huge role in me getting to my goal weight. Even when I finally get to maintenance, I will always want to be on Spark to keep up with tracking my food and my fitness... and for the wonderful people.
I may not have lost the weight I wanted to in 2013, but the things I've learned will stick with me for a lifetime. I am ready to push forward and make my dreams come true in 2014! What have you learned this year and what are your dreams and goals for 2014?