I always set multiple goals.
1. 1 goal is a long-term fantasy weight that I know I may never reach. It's there as a possibility ... a dream ... not as an expectation that will torment me if it eludes me. It has changed a bit over the years as I have gradually lost weight.
2. Then I set a mid-term goal to aim for in 6 months or maybe 12 months. That's a realistic target that I believe I can achieve and maintain. That's what I set my nutrition tracker for.
3. Then I set short term goals for approximately 1 month at a time.
4. I also set process goals to maintain certain types of behavior -- regardless of whether or not I am losing weight with them.
For example, for 2014:
My long-term fantasy goal is to reach 135 pounds by the end of the year. But even my doctor is not sure I could maintain that with my frame. So I won't be upset if I don't make it.
Mid-term goal is to get to 145 for a June vacation.
My short-term goals include losing a little bit each month -- even if it is only 1 pound. If I am losing slowly, that's OK because I will be moving in the right direction and speed is not important. Long term progress is.
Edited by: ONLINEASLLOU at: 12/31/2013 (21:07)
"Aim for progression, not perfection." -- SP Coach Nancy
"There is hope for me. There is hope for all of us." -- llou
| current weight: 158.4