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Milestones and Motivation

Friday, July 05, 2013

I'm getting very close to 50 pounds gone. Celebrating these milestones and the good feeling from them is definitely motivational for me. As of today I have 21.3 pounds to lose to reach my goal weight. I know that this stretch could be harder with pounds dropping more slowly as I get closer to my goal. So today, recognizing how much I enjoy reaching milestones, I used some downtime (woohoo! haven't had much lately!) to make a long list of milestones that I will reach between now and reaching my goal.

Some of the milestones include dropping BMI points, losing milestone numbers of pounds (50, 55, 60, etc), losing milestone percentages of my body weight (25%, 30%), and how far I've come (75% to goal, etc).

One of my other favorite motivational tools is the "virtual hike" I'm doing of the Appalachian Trail. I calculated that for every pound I lose towards my goal, I've hiked about 31 miles on the trail. I've added some interesting landmarks to my list of milestones, especially once I get into New Hampshire and Maine where I've spent time hiking all my life.

Once my list of milestones was finished, I had a list with some milestone to look forward to for almost every pound between today's weight and my goal. Hopefully this will help sustain my motivation as I had down the home stretch! The next milestone is reaching Upper Goose Pond, Massachusetts and shortly after that it will be time to celebrate the BIG 5-0! Looking forward to putting that Spark Trophy on my page!!

Another thing I did today to keep me committed is registering for THREE races. The last couple of races I'd planned on doing sold out before I registered so today out of frustration I registered for one race a month for July, August and September. The first one is a 5 MILER (not a 5K) and is at the end of this month. That means I've got to be committed to running longer distances over the next couple of weeks because typically I run only 3-4 miles, although I've done several 5 to 5.5 mile training runs. In August, I will run a 5K in the middle of the month, and in September my first 10K! Now that I've registered (including paying the entry fees), I have to follow through with consistent training. That 5 miler that's coming up quick is really going to give me an injection of motivation.... good thing the course is mostly flat!

Doing well with strength training lately after a real slump. I've been very consistent about doing it daily, switching between core and arms/legs. Now I feel like my slump is about how much time I'm committing to yoga which I consider the foundation of all my physical activity as well as taking the time to do good meal planning. Now that my vacation is over and my work routine is back, hopefully I'll settle into my usual meal planning and cooking routines as well. Speaking og which, I guess I'd better go figure out a healthy option to take to a cook out tomorrow and then clean up my kitchen and go do some yoga.... emoticon

Oh, by the way, if anyone is curious about my list of milestones, I posted it in my profile on my SparkPage. Check it out if you'd like.

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  • DIVA711
    You are doing awesome! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1754 days ago
  • HERA22VA
    I think that your blog is wonderful! Congrats on all the milestones! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1755 days ago
    It was partly YOUR 25lb milestone that Sparked me to make my list! This synergy is one of the reasons I love Spark... it's so great to be part of a community of people who are on similar journeys and understand all the effort and thought we all put into our new healthy lifestyles! Too funny that we both did this today! emoticon
    1755 days ago
  • KJACOBS1111
    This was the funniest entry for me to read tonight since just this morning I created my own list of milestones and saved it in my planner...same idea, pounds lost, body weight % lost, % to goal etc...By the end it gives me a milestone every few pounds and I think lots of reasons to celebrate and be happy about the small successes that add up to the big successes is really motivating too!

    I added a prize for myself every 10 pounds as to either use or choose to save for a bigger prize!
    1755 days ago
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