Friday, February 19, 2010

Goals Set!

Welcome new followers.  How exciting!  I'll be off checking out your blogs very soon.

As I've mentioned a few times, I've been floundering with my weight the last few months.  I just haven't been 100% focused on it.  This realization began with my Belly Blast post last week.

But even after posting that, I didn't have all the tools quite in place to start the necessary changes.  For months I see the scale moving down and then a couple days later it pops right back up again. 

A few days ago I had a long bath and let myself just think.  What have I done before that got me past these humps?  What have I done that really kept me on track and focused on the big picture?

Sure I've had this goal for quite a while now to get down under 140 lbs .... but I realized that it was just one of those "one day" things.  You know ... I'd like to (blank) ... one day!  I realized that I need to set a concrete goal.

Then I remembered last year, before summer.  We made vacation plans and I told my husband that I would NOT go on holidays unless I was under 150 lbs.  I had been flirting between 151 and 155 for about 6 months and it was enough already. 

I made myself a chart and set reasonable weekly goals.  Then I also charted my weight, WW points and activity points DAILY as well.  I met my goal the day before we left!  Nothing like leaving it to the last minute, eh??  But I did get under and stay under there.  Now I'm at this next place where I'm stuck flirting within a few pound range and I need to push it to get over this hump.

The difference was I had something real to set my sights on.  When I look back on my posts from that time there were times when I could have strayed from plan, but because I had a real goal in mind, I remembered what I really wanted and I passed up those things.  Lately I haven't had anything to reach for and therefore had been letting myself have those little extras.  I haven't been tracking my food very well at all. 

The other night I created my a sheet with my weekly goals and am doing all the tracking like I did before.

So far it's working well.  We were watching TV last night and my MIL pulled out the potato chips.  Normally I would have had just a couple, not much, but we all know they add up over time.  But I remembered that I had goals to reach and those couple chips wouldn't help me get there.  I stayed OUT of that bag!

I'd like to set something contingent upon me reaching my goal weight, but I haven't figured that part out yet.  I'd love for it to be another trip, but the next trip we have planned (and can reasonably do) isn't until June.  Honestly I want to reach this goal long before then, but I'm putting it out there that I WILL be under 140 lbs by May 2010 at the latest, let's say May 31st for an absolutely deadline.

I leave you with a little sign of spring on the West Coast .... these really shouldn't be up until late April

(my apologies to all of those still blanketed in snow)

I'm off to get a bit of housekeeping done, a run in the beautiful sunshine ... then my MIL just booked me a pedicure for this afternoon.  Ahhhh, it's a wonderful day!

Have a great weekend everyone and good luck to those running races!


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My buddy Syl is giving away an adorable shirt @ Live Smile Run - but don't bother to enter because I'm getting the shirt anyway - hahhaha


Tamara said...

It figures! When I'm getting all sluggy mcsluggerson, you go getting all serious. Please do not ask me every day if I'm exercising because you will make me cry :P

But I have been thinking and I had a bit of a lightbulb moment. I'm going to blog about it tomorrow.

I love your plan by the way. I know you can be under 140 by May with that determination. Well done!

Marcelle said...

Why need a goal to lose the weight...Is your desire not big enough right now for you to drop the weight for YOU!!
I think when one does it for yourself its a totally different journey to losing weight for a goal..Once you reach the goal -then what? do you set another goal,or do you say I reached my goal so now I can relax.
Losing weight was for me...and now my wanting to maintain my weight is for ME...I want to prove to myself I can do this and keep the weight off, not like the past where I lost weight and then celebrated cause I reached the goal and then slowly started falling back into my old ways.
I've repeated that cycle to many times...Its been over a year I've been on this journey and I know I cant relax and when everyone around me tells me t relax as I'm thin enough, I nod my head but dont listen to I know if I let go for a week or two, that will be me...I will gain the weight and stop training...why do I say this, cause I've walked this road so many times and know how that story ends for me...

So after that long and boring lecture/story, I 'm saying * Do it for YOU *....that should be a big enough motivation...xx

Gina said...

I'm in the same boat...can't get over the hump! I know what works, but I still find ways to have that extra glass of wine or extra truffle from my Valentine's stash...don't want it to go bad! I've got it on the workout side of things, but food is so much harder! I know I just need to cut out the extra little snacks or drinks and meals out here and there to see a change...but to actually do it is such a challenge!

I seem to get on a good track when I have a vacation as a goal...then immediately after the vacation I lose sight. Right now I have a wedding to go to in Cabo this April and my goal will be to stay on my track throughout.

Good luck!!! You can do it:)

ajh said...

Yes, Emily and I are racing on opposite coasts by the ocean this weekend. I had not put that together in those terms. Thanks for pointing it out.

Maureen said...

It's always good to take a moment and refocus. The stats on your blog are just amazing! Be proud

Syl said...

I remember last year how determined you were to go on holidays at a particular weight, you have proven that you have done it and I have no doubt in my mind you will do it again......we are gonna have a few heads turning when we meet each other lady! This is our year and we are going to start the summer off on the right foot with no regrets, I can just feel it!

Hang in there Heidi, you will get there, you continue to inspire me everyday.

oh and so happy you signed up for the 1/2 definately will be thinking of you!

Fran said...

This post is really different than your other posts lately. It's got a goal and a mind set to that goal. I like it a lot and I intend to follow you and maybe could be helpful to give you some support along the way.
Good luck!

Missy said...

Good idea to set specific goals! Small, specific goals help me SO much!

Sarah said...

My friend calls them BLTs (bites, licks, tastes) and she says they all count. So hard to remember that, but I would like to lose 5-6 pounds before my half so I need to!