The Thing About Goals

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Eleven months ago I joined Spark. I had never heard of it before, ran across the book and got online and. . . changed my life. My goal for this year was a pound a week, 50 pounds, right? Eleven months later, where am I? Sixteen pounds down. Little over a quarter of the way there. Those numbers are my "one step back." But they also represent something I have learned about myself--what type of weight loss is possible for me, given my age, time commitments and activity levels.

Those numbers are also a part of my "two steps forward," because sixteen pounds are a lot better than no pounds. And I have gained so much, much more. I am much healthier than I was a year ago because I am eating better (LOVE the Spark cookbook) and exercising more. And it's great to be a part of the Spark community. I can reach out and get (and give) motivation any time of the day, any day of the week.

So maybe it will take me four years and not one to reach my goal. All I know is, if I live the Spark way, every day will be a meaningful day. So--have I met my goal? No--but I am learning how to live for the rest of my life, and that's so much greater a benefit than just losing weight without lifestyle changes.
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    Love your attitude! This is not a race, each one of us has a different pace. You should be proud of losing 16 pounds!! And 3 years from now, you'll look back and be even prouder. emoticon emoticon
    2960 days ago
    I have been a turtle and we are winning. emoticon
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    2960 days ago
    Great perspective - lifestyle change as the key. Keep at it!
    2973 days ago
    I LOVE your perspective. Keep up the good work and you will reach your weight-loss, goal, but it sure sounds to me like you've already achieved significant success!
    2977 days ago
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