I think I take a different approach ? This is my first time tracking progress; I usually just do and keep an eye on my body, noticing the tiny changes and use those to spur me on..
Right now, I just take it one day at a time - I'm just getting going, so my motivation and hope is being able to do more next week than I have this week - this is the easy part, I'm sure! There's going to come a point where there's not much more I can do and then I'll have to seek motivation in other ways!
Oh yeah, I hear you! I am willing to work my fanny off, but I want to see results NOW! So I, too, set LOTS of little goals. If you could see all the goals on my SparkGoals....drink 8 glasses of water, eat 5 fruits and veggies, 10,000 steps per day, at least 30 minutes of daily cardio, go for a walk outside, listen to one "pump me up" song, encourage at least 5 members daily, plus my goal of 50+ miles in total steps per week, etc., etc. I need all those little celebrations of a job well done between weekly weighins. And I need little rewards for meeting small goals (10 pounds lost or 10% of weight loss goal met), including favorite CD, new gym shirt, new "regular" clothes, etc. Lots of little goals, lots of little rewards, and BIF rewards when milestones have been achieved.
Sorry if I rambled. This is an imporatant area for me, as you can tell!
Keep it up! I see you are making progress, and that's great!
NEF - No excuses, finish! You are better than you think you are, and you can do more than you think you can.
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I like to set small goals. I have a big weight loss goal, but I've broken it down into a series of per-week goals (1.8 pounds per week for 30 weeks). When the week is up and I see I'm down 1.8 pounds, it's a win! When a week seems to long, I'll set dailies, like: today I'll do 45 minutes of cardio. And if I do, again, it's a win. It's a lot easier to focus and accomplish these little short term goals than it is to try to focus on a huge and distant goal. And the good news is consistently accomplishing these little goals will lead to your big goal! Good luck :)
It's so hard to keep things in perspective... I want to see results NOW and it's so discouraging to have to be patient! Patience is totally not my strong suit. Does anyone else have that problem? How do you give yourself a reality check? I created a graph so I can see that my weight is where it needs to be in order to hit my goals, but I still am having a hard time not seeing results right away and it's starting to get to me.
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