Saturday, April 09, 2011
Is it better to set an ultimate weight goal or set intermediate shorter term goals?
When starting my Sparkpeople adventure in January 2011 my motivation was a work version of The Biggest Loser. I had been wanting to lose weight but lacked the motivation. I set a mental goal of 10% weight loss for the contest - starting at 266 lbs, 26 pounds in 12 weeks seemed reachable. However, setting that goal on my Sparkpage seemed trivial. My ultimate goal is about 200 lbs What! Lose 66 lbs how can I do that? How long will that take? NO WAY! Instead, I set a goal of 220 lbs by June. This still didn't appear achievable but What the Heck - lets be aggressive.
I set my little tracker icon as the turtle thinking this will take a long time.
Every week I reluctantly weighed in and was tracked by the group. To my amazement, I was losing a few lbs per week. My little turtle was moving. At week 10 I stepped on the scale and realized I was 240 lbs - I reached my 10%! I didn't care about the contest but in the weekly email I was in first place. How did that happen? We had the final weigh in Thursday - 230 lbs. Yes, I did win the contest, and as I'm the manager, everyone had a great time calling me the "Biggest Loser". (I loved it) I credit Sparkpeople.com, it kept my focus. I am also happy to report our entire team lost a total of 321 lbs and have asked if we can continue the program.
I am now 6 weeks from my 220 lbs goal with only 10 lbs to go. BUT, Do I continue toward my June goal or reset my goal to my ultimate weight of 200 lbs by September?