Set a Realistic Goal - Beck Day 10
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Today's message is a simple one. In order to be helpful goals need to be realistic and they need to be short term. Humans thrive on positive reinforcement. So as well as setting ourselves a short term goal we need to have a reward planned for when we reach that goal. They don't have to be big or expensive but they do need to be something we will enjoy once we've worked for it. My first goal is to lose 5 lbs and my reward will be an afternoon mini Netflix binge curled up in bed with a cup of tea. It's probably been a year since I last did that and o will look forward to it.
I don't think it hurts to keep the big picture in mind as long as you are once again realistic. It's important that you mentally set yourself up for success. At this stage I have no idea what weight is going to feel right for me. I do know that this isn't it and that I want to be in less pain and I want to feel good about myself to quantify that at this stage I am following the BMI chart. My first longer range goal is to get into the merely obese category. Not sure what that reward will be. I'm still thinking. My next goal will be to move into the overweight category. This is where I set my ticker to when I set up my Sparkpage. (At that time it was my first and only goal with a vague thought that I would celebrate each 10 lb loss enroute). Beyond that I really won't know until I get there. I expect that I will want to continue into the healthy category and in my recollection 160 was a pretty good number. Then again I was 25 years younger at that time and could still run... What I am not doing is making that number a goal. It's just too far in the future and I don't want to get bogged down with thoughts of how long it's going to take, how it's too hard, it's so far away it's pointless to even think I could lose almost half of myself etc. etc.
So, like a distance runner, I know the direction I'm going but I'm only looking at the steps right in front of me.