Interesting question, KJ, and one which we each will have to answer for ourselves, based on our individual priorities and motivations.
Personally, I don't do goals, particularly ones with time-lines. They irritate me, cause me stress, and are the exact opposite of motivational. I'm also not a huge fan of the cult of "bigger, faster, stronger, better" --- to me, there is a point where I am content with "enough".
My personal priorities are happiness and health (in that order). Eating well makes me happy, being fit enough to do the activities I want to do makes me happy, and having enough health and time to focus on activities that I want to do makes me happy.
At the moment, spending a fair bit of time focusing on nutrition and fitness is a requirement for me, but I have no intention of having it be a priority forever. I will always have to track my foods and weigh them (I know myself well enough to understand that I am totally untrustworthy when it comes to portions), but have learned enough that it takes minimal time and is a habit that doesn't require focus. I will always have to "exercise", but will only devote the time to things that I truly enjoy. Even then, formal exercise time will be kept to the minimum required to maintain so that I have more time to try new things. I have a medical requirement to drop at least another 10 or 20 lbs, but right now I'm shooting for doing that over the next year or so, since I'm not willing to make the sacrifices in calories and fitness time that would be necessary to do it faster. I'm sitting pretty close to maintenance levels, and will be quite content to say that this is "enough" for the rest of my life.
Do you truly enjoy having "goals"? Do you love going to the gym and lifting? Are you looking forward to the foods you get to eat? If the answers are "yes" - well, then maybe getting ripped might be a good plan for you!
If the answers are "well...." - then maybe it's the right time for you to figure out what the minimum amount of time is to maintain where you are and find other things to focus on. Instead of 6 hours a week at the gym, maybe you can maintain with 2 hours, and can use the rest to go dancing with your Lady, or take up geo-caching, or create an indoor garden, or whatever fun and wild thing you'd like to try.
Honestly, we each have to work it out for ourselves, and decide what priorities will bring the most happiness in to our lives.
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