"Goals provide the energy source that powers our lives. One of the best ways we can get the most from the energy we have is to focus it. That is what goals can do for us; concentrate our energy." (Denis Waitley)
Here's how I did with my goals for November:
1. I'm continuing with last month's ST and cardio goals. ST circuits at the gym, 3 days a week and cardio, either outside or at the gym, 6 days a week, for 60 minutes.
2. Continue jogging 1 or 2 days a week, whether outside or on the treadmill, with the intention of maintaining my current level of fitness.
3. Lose 8 lbs. for the month.
I actually managed to lose 10 lbs.
4. Be able to fit into the rest of my old Fall/Winter wardrobe from when I lost weight the last time I was on SparkPeople. I'm aiming to fit into the 12's comfortably and maybe some 10's by the end of the month.
I wore an Alfred Dunner outfit in a size 10 to work yesterday. OK, so the Alfred Dunner's are cut big. But I don't care. A size 10 is a size 10 to me and I couldn't wear it this time last month!
5. Eat within my calorie range on Thanksgiving Day. This will be my hardest goal to achieve this month, so wish me luck.
At least I didn't so overeat that it set me back. That's a small victory.
6. Spend some time inoculating myself against the emotional upheaval that inevitably comes with holidays for me. I plan to try meditation, search for and join a yoga class, and proactively plan strategies to combat emotional eating.
This one requires some explanation. I think I've done so-so with this. I only tried meditation once or twice, without much luck. I couldn't focus my mind the way I needed to. On the upside, I did find a local yoga class and went twice and have been using yoga on a weekly basis which has helped my flexibility, core strength, and ability to relax a bit. I'm not doing so well with the emotional eating; not because I don't have strategies, but because when I feel a need to feed my emotions I don't care about the strategies. Fortunately, I haven't gotten way out of control. This is definitely an area I need to work on, especially for December.
7. Spend more time in an "attitude of gratitude" for all the blessings in my life, rather than wallowing in the hurtful things.
Goals for Beyond:
1. Weigh 149 lbs. by December 29th.
2. Have a healthy BMI of 18.5 -24.9.
Still a work in progress for awhile. My current BMI is 28.0, which means I'm no longer "Obese".
My goals for December:
1. Weigh 149 lbs. by December 29th (my birthday gift to me).
2. ST circuits at the gym, 3 days a week, and cardio, either outside or at the gym, 6 days a week, for 60 minutes.
3. Jogging 1 or 2 days a week, whether outside or on the treadmill, with the intention of maintaining my current level of fitness.
4. Lose 10 lbs. for the month.
5. Continue inoculating myself against the emotional upheaval that inevitably comes with holidays for me by focusing on time spent with loved ones in an atmosphere of joy and love and spending at least 15 minutes of solitude each day to feel and process my emotions as they come up, as well as give myself the care and love that I deserve and have missed along the way.
6. I will continue my yoga and try to increase it to twice a week, even if it's only for 15 minutes on the second day.
My long-term goal remains: I will have a healthy BMI of 18.5 -24.9.
Till next time . . .