Goals 9/8/12 edited 9/9

Saturday, September 08, 2012

I wanted this blog to be totally separate and easy to find. I'm not real good at setting definite goals but going to give it a shot as everything I read says we need defined goals to help us succeed. I'm deliberately not doing a long term weight loss goal. I know I have a huge amount to lose, started at 203 to lose, and just feel there is no need to focus on that number. I'm also trying to change my handling of my finances so including those goals here also.

I've been stalling on sitting down with pen and paper and writing down goals (think its that fear rearing it's ugly head again) so am forcing myself to do it right now so we'll see how well thought out it is. It's been stewing in the back of my mind all week so have some ideas but don't want to change to much at one time.

~exercise bike every day: no excuse not to do this, get up at first alarm instead of hitting snooze and slowly make it 5 minutes early as get better on the bike

~4 days a week minimum 30 minutes of another form of exercise: right now my life is so slow that there is no excuse not to do this. I very rarely have evening plans (until son's wrestling season starts) so I need to take advantage of this time and go to gym after work.

~Done with pop by end of September: Back in May I was completely off pop so I know I can do it and know I won't miss it as much as I think I will.

~Count calories: I hate it! And for no particular reason other than it's a pain in the butt to do especially when you cook at home. Figuring serving sizes for some reason always irritates me lol But I know I need to do it so will do it.

~Up to 30 minutes on the bike (only do 10 now) by end of October: Increase slowly, maybe 5 minutes a week or if that is too much then increase by 2.5 minutes a week.

~lose 15lbs by end of November; that's 1.25 lbs a week. Very doable. Granted my body has lost and gained weight so many times that it doesn't like to lose but counting calories and movement will help.

~budget every paycheck: spend every penny on paper

~stop floating: avoid gas stations, take snacks to work

~use cash envelopes for budget system: Am scared of this too but have to get a hold on my spending.

~take medication every day!!!!

Long term would like to walk a 5k and eventually would love to run on (I hate the thought of running but to me its something only fit people do and I would love to try it once).

I have other goals but I can't set numbers or time on them; like I want to be able to go back to step aerobics class when my weight is low enough that my body can handle it but I don't know what weight that is; would love to be able to wear tennis shoes again with pain; would love to be able to shop in a clothes store (instead of online) again; I also want to be able to have surgery to remove lose skin when I get to goal but not sure that should be a goal.

I'll start with these and see how it goes. I know all these are things I need to do. A bit nervous about making all the changes at one time but also know they are all so important and need to be done if I want to change my life at all. If it gets to be too much I'll re-evaluate. Financial ones will be as stressful as the weight loss ones as it's also changing life habits.

Now to save this before I erase it somehow. Oh and need to print a copy so I have no excuses to not remember them!

After thinking on these goals over night and listening to some wise advice from my friends on here I think I set to many goals so have decided to adjust them.

For next week
~Minimum 10 minutes of exercise a day
~Take my meds
~Compliment myself daily

I think these are much more manageable.

Thanks for all the support and suggestions!

Will follow up next weekend to see how I've done.
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    Congratulatons on setting your goals. I made a goal last week to work out four times a week 50 minutes a day and I did it. Hope you make and meet all of the goals that will cause you to be successful on your journey. Change is hard but change is good!!
    2416 days ago
    Congratulations on getting your goals on paper! I know all to well how difficult that can be! As someone who has failed to meet my own goals many many times, I do share Belinda's concern. Perhaps you can rank your goals in order of importance, start with the one that you feel deserves the highest priority and spend a few weeks focused solely on that one, then add the next to your "to do" list. However you choose to proceed, just know we're here for you, and in the infamous words of Yogi the Bear, "You can't fail if you never stop trying." emoticon
    2416 days ago
    I admire you, but I am concerned that you might be trying to change too much at once without any fun mixed in.
    How about some positive goals too, like a nightly bubble bath or listening to 10 -15 minutes of your favorite music everyday?
    Actually, listening to music helps motivate me to walk, even if it is just walking the dog around the park.

    I hope you are successful in all your goals.
    I care,

    2417 days ago
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