My sister has a background in business, and specifically in strategic planning for small business. She got the idea of using the same types of activities that go into strategic business planning to plan for weight loss. I thought it was a great idea!
One of the first things she had me do was to sit down and think about my personal "whys" for losing weight. We all know the main reasons people want to lose weight - to look better, to feel better, to have better health. But those are pretty high level goals - those "ten thousand feet view" goals that don't mean much and are hard to quantify. I wanted more "specific", measurable goals for myself. Not just the long term goals, but also daily and weekly goals, monthly goals, and ongoing goals. Using strategic planning, my short term goals should all work towards getting to my long term and ongoing goals.
My three major long term goals are:
To be healthier (primary)
To have more energy and be able to do more of the things I enjoy. (secondary)
To feel better about myself and my appearance (secondary)
More specifically, my goals for being healthier include:
Reaching a normal BMI
Running a normal blood pressure without the need for blood pressure medication, if possible, or with the lowest possible dose of blood pressure medication I can take.
Keeping my blood sugar values normal and avoiding pre-diabetes and diabetes
Keeping my total cholesterol within normal limits
Keeping my triglycerides within normal limits
Having an optimal level of HDL (the good cholesterol)
Normal liver function test results (presently my LFTs are mildly elevated, most likely due to fatty liver from being overweight)
Being able to walk and talk without getting out of breath
Here's some of my daily goals that support my primary long range goal:
Stay within my calorie limits.
Stay within my limits for sodium at least 6 out of 7 days a week.
Stay within my upper limits for cholesterol (300 mg daily) 7 days a week, and stay under 200 mg at least two days a week.
Reach my minimum daily requirements for potassium at least three days of the week, and be no more than 500 mg under my minimum the rest of the week (this is harder than it sounds!)
Limit my carbohydrate intake to whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and eliminate as much as possible eating any sugar and high fructose carbs 90% of the time.
Eliminate wheat completely from my diet (due to gluten-intolerance)
Walk 2 miles a day at least three days a week.
Do a weight training session of at least 30 minutes 3 times a week.
My goal for my first month is to be successful at my daily goals at least 80% of the time.
My goal for my second month is to be successful at my daily goals at least 90% of the time.
My goal for my third month is to be successful at least 95% of the time.
I am using this website to help me track and monitor my daily goals, and I'm just loving how well it helps me to do that!!!!!!!!!!!!
Edited by: JA9KJOHNSON at: 1/6/2013 (22:22)
Slow and steady wins the race! I may not get there fast, but I'll get there!
| current weight: 207.6