The Spark: Chapter Two - Setting Goals

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

I got through to the end of Chapter 3 last night, but didn't get to write anything, because I had to sleep.

I've been thinking about my goals since reading the chapter - obviously, I have my overall goal weight (145lbs or thereabouts) - but what about in the interim? If I focus on 145lbs, it's always going to seem like I'm never going to get there. I have almost 300lbs to lose to get to 145lbs.

So I have my short-, mid- and long-term goals.

- Be below 400lbs before February 28, 2010
- Exercise for at least 60 minutes a week (this allows for 1 day where I don't have to exercise)
- Start taking multi-vitamins
- Get a job

- Update www.fatgirlslim.org at least once a week
- Lose 50lbs by June 30, 2010
- Wear a NICE DRESS to my sister's wedding on October 22, 2010
- Lose 100lbs by December 31, 2010

- Reach goal weight of 145lbs by December 31, 2012
- Attend and graduate from University
- Move into my own house or apartment

I think they're pretty decent goals. I'm still not entirely sure what I want to do at Uni, but it's a long-term goal because of that. And because I'll have to get a job and save up for fees and living expenses, etc, in case I can't get help from SAAS and the SLC.

Weight-loss wise, I don't think it's too much to lose 100lbs in a year. That's your average 2lb a week. And I'm hoping that, even with the trouble I've had so far, it's still an achievable target.
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  • PAULA3420
    Very well thought out!! In fact, I'm going to give my goals another once over, I think perhaps I could lay them out in a more organized fashioned like you have done here. THANKS for YOUR BLOG. It is helping me think about my own Goals. emoticon After Sparking for over one year, one of the best lessons learned has been I need to know I can adjust my goals at any time and that is not a failure, more a REALITY CHECK!!! emoticon The Best to you on reaching your goals.
    3365 days ago
    Great job on setting those goals! I'm motivated & inspired by you and plan to check out your blogs.
    3365 days ago
    Very good (and realistic) goals. I agree that when you have a lot of weight to loose it is wise to have shorter-term goals. Thanks for reminding me.
    3365 days ago
    GREAT GOALS emoticon emoticon
    3369 days ago
    Enjoyed reading your goals. It's time for me to do the same.

    Reward yourself for all of your progress, no matter if it's reaching a goal or just on the way to reaching one.

    3379 days ago
    Dude, you'll be fine. Just remember that they're not written in stone- my goal of losing 60lbs by xmas 2009 became losing 70 by xmas etc... It just takes conviction and consistency. Good luck, and remember that whenever things get tough (they will; you're human, like the rest of us; nothing is plain sailing) you've got a huge number of people just waiting right here to give you comfort and encouragement. There's nothing we can't achieve together.
    3379 days ago
    Great Job in setting your goals.

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    3381 days ago
    I'm sure you can do 100 lbs, or thereabouts, in a year. I did 50lbs in 6 months but have now set at 21lbs for the next 3 months, allowing for setbacks. I would suggest you set exercise goals as you lose weight as I found my initial idea became too easy. And I had found exercise really difficult and never done any!

    Good luck. Keep on Sparking, that's the key.

    3381 days ago
    Great goals!

    Remember to revisit them as you progress. If you lose weight slower (or faster) than expected, you might need to adjust your timings.

    Remember to REWARD yourself (not with food, LOL!) when you reach a target!

    Good luck and Keep on Sparking!
    3381 days ago
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