Okay - so its a little corny, okay, okay, it's very corny but at least it's not totally without truth. I do have a couple of rolls and that is not acceptable. I am going to try my best to set some goals for getting healthy and losing weight or vice verse.
I did some research and so far, this is what I have found that I felt like I should incorporate immediately;
For a goal to be useful it must be specific, attainable and forgiving. I like this. It speaks to my sometimes radical and mental perfectionism that i never live up to and to my mature expectations that have evolved to be simply - forgive others - forgive yourself.
So with that in mind, I restate last nights goal - 70 pounds in one year, about 4-6 pounds per month. Since the scale hasn't moved this week, I am thinking, this will be hard enough.
Now to take that to the next level, I must get even more specific. (Thanks to fellow bloggers for setting a good example of this, Chris)
This takes me to another thing I learned - Shaping - and this means to use small obtainable goals to help you reach larger goals because the success of the small goals will spur you on to the bigger goals.
My smaller goals, and more specific goals, are;
To keep my calories between 1,300 and 1,500 per day. I plan to continue my very healthy eating and add a few more calories as I start exercising consistently ( but not over 1,500 - unless I find I am not feeling satisfied)
I am going to exercise in some way (yoga, weights or treadmill) 5 days a week.
I am going to blog about my efforts, successes and failures, feelings and energy level
Because I have set the goal to walk a 5k in April, I will need to begin walking a 5K at least once a week, I will need to build up to this as it is about a 45 - 55 minute walk for me at this weight and I am now only walking 30 minutes (when I walk)
To reach this goal, I am going to begin walking with two friends in the evenings as weather permits. (right now we are in a freeze zone and 5 degrees is not working for me) I will have to see how this works out before I go any further. I have not walked with these friends before although I am thrilled that they have offered to and want to for themselves, start walking!!!
I will continue to work toward my goal of walking a 5k by adding an extra five minutes to my treadmill time every two weeks, beginning tomorrow - 35 minutes. I will chart this on my calendar.
That's about as far as I have gotten on goals. I think that is a good start. I will be "tweaking" them as I go. Still totally open for comments and feedback!!!