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Numbers and Visuals for More Motivation

Saturday, January 26, 2013

I've been pretty good about "keeping the faith" this week. I'm down 2 lbs in 5 days. If I stick to my program faithfully, I hope to be able to lose about 1.5 lbs a week on average. I don't want to be a slave to the scale, but just for a little extra push - some mini goals to work towards:

Mar 20 - first day of spring (7 weeks = 10.5 lbs)
May 22 - our 20th anniversary. (16 weeks = 24 lbs)
June 28 - my sister-in-law's wedding. (22 weeks = 33 lbs)
July 21 - my birthday (25 weeks = 37.5 lbs)
Aug 19 - vacation in Hawaii. (29 weeks = 43.5 lbs)
Oct 31 - Halloween (40 weeks = 60 lbs)
Nov 26 - has a private special meaning for me (43 weeks = 64.5 lbs)
Dec 31 - don't want to make the same resolution again! (48 weeks = 72 lbs)

OK, that's enough to keep me focused through this year. All the dates I've chosen have specific meanings for me, and bring particular images into my mind that I can use to visualize my goals.

I know 1.5 lbs a week isn't guaranteed, but it's doable. Even if I do manage to lose that much, I still won't be "finished" losing by the end of 2013, but that's OK. Cause this isn't something that will EVER be "finished". I am forming habits now that I plan to keep for the rest of my life. The numeric/visual goals above are just for extra motivation. As I get closer to reaching them, I'll set new ones for 2014. (I eventually want to lose a total of around 120 lbs - not setting a definite goal weight, but we'll see how I feel when I get there.)

Keeping the faith...
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    Great goals. emoticon
    1913 days ago
    emoticon You can do this! One meal at a time!
    1913 days ago
    You have great goals, but please don't get discouraged if you don't lose as quickly as you'd like. Slow and steady loss is permanent loss! Keep up the good work!
    1913 days ago
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