As I am preparing for 2015 and setting my goals for the year, I also have to reflect on all the great things that happened in 2014. It seems like it’s too easy to remember the negative instead of the positive. There were lots of great things that happened this past year. I finally hit a new record with my weight loss and got my blog started back up again. Focusing on the positive from the past just helps remind me that I AM CAPABLE of achieving my goals when I set my mind to it!
I don’t really like resolutions because they always seem to be vague and more like wishes than goals. When I made resolutions in the past, I didn’t take time to reflect and plan. My resolutions have always been very lofty and unrealistic. This year, I wanted to take the time to set some concrete goals and then take steps to work toward those goals.
It was hard for me to create a goals list for 2015 because there are so many things I want to work on!! I forced myself to make a concise list so that I don’t get overwhelmed. I know that if I get overwhelmed, I tend to shut down and accomplish nothing. I have to be happy with good enough, and I know that achieving small goals will keep me motivated for even bigger goals. I like having the image (above) for a quick reference of my goals, but I think it will help me to elaborate a bit further.
1. Reach goal weight of 145.
This has been a goal of mine since 2009, so I am ready to finally see this one crossed off my to-do list! There is nothing magic about this number. I picked it because it will put me right in the middle of my healthy weight range, and it will be a total loss of 100.8 pounds. I also want to reach the weight that I had on my driver’s license for YEARS. I don’t know why I even picked that number to put on my license. I didn’t weigh myself in high school, but I was always a size 14. Now I am wearing sizes 6 and 8, so clearly I was living in denial for years about my weight if I thought I could pass for 145 pounds back then!
2. Attend Weight Watchers meetings AND weigh in EVERY WEEK.
When I was most successful with my weight loss, I was committed to this. I would NEVER miss a meeting for ANY reason. I also would not go to the meeting and skip the scale. I used to say that I needed to face the music, good or bad, and then use that information to regroup. Lately it has been harder to lose and sometimes I even gain when I know I’ve done everything right, so I’ve avoided the scale a few times. I want to stop doing that. The scale is just ONE measure of my success at one point in time. It doesn’t define me. It’s like I don’t want to see the gain in my weight record book. UM, HELLO…I weigh what I weigh whether it’s in the book or not! By not weighing in after a bad week, I am giving the scale too much power. That ends now.
3. Run 3 times per week.
I want to do so much more than this, but I am trying to take baby steps. When I started running and following the C25K plan, I ran three times a week CONSISTENTLY. Three times a week is great, and it is three more than I am doing right now!! I start to get it in my head that three times isn’t good enough because I’m capable of more. That’s true. I am capable of more, but I need to start small and be consistent. I need to quit worrying about how much I used to do and just work with where I am now.
4. Stop eating while watching TV.
Oh boy. This is a tough one. Snacking at night has always been my biggest downfall, but it’s also the hardest habit to break. It’s a habit that was developed at an early age, and it feels as natural as breathing to eat while watching TV. Since joining WW, I’ve tried many different approaches to dealing with this problem. I’ve stopped eating in front of the TV for short periods of time but slowly started allowing it again. I’ve tried doing other things instead of snacking. I’ve had tea or coffee instead of food. I’ve exercised while watching TV. I’ve changed the types of food I eat. I make sure to measure my snacks. I track my snacks 99% of the time. It doesn’t sound too bad, but it’s still a problem for me.
There’s nothing wrong with having a snack. The problem for me is AGAIN eating when I’m NOT REALLY HUNGRY. Of course sometimes I end up eating more than I want to when I’m mindlessly snacking, but the bigger problem for me is the behavior. WHY am I eating? WHAT am I getting out of it? WHY is it so hard to sit on the couch without food? I am going to really work on figuring this out and try to change this behavior. I don’t expect to be perfect, but I know conquering this would have a huge impact on my weight loss and maintenance long term.
5. Practice moderation.
I say practice because I KNOW that I will not be perfect. This is something I struggle with all the time, so any improvement will be success. I want to get better about resetting immediately. If I have a bad meal, I want to start over right away – with my very next snack! I don’t want to wait for a new day or a new week. If I get really off track, I have such a hard time not going overboard. It’s like there’s a little voice that says “you are already over….you may as well keep going.” Logically I know that this is ridiculous but in the moment, there is no logic. I want to improve on this. The more I practice this behavior, the more it will become habit.
6. Run all three races of the Rubber City Race Series.
This is the first year that the Akron Marathon has the race series, and I want to do it all! This means that I will run an 8K (about 5 miles) in June, a 10K (6.2 miles) in August, and the 1/2 marathon (13.1 miles) in September 2015. I plan to Get Thirsty, Burn Rubber, and Dream Blue!!
I ran two 1/2 marathons in 2011 and haven’t done a significant amount of running since then. I was feeling pretty strong and proud back then, and I’d like to get back to that. I plan to register this month!
I am forcing myself to stop with these primary goals. I cannot do it all, and I don’t want to set myself up to fail. There are many, many more things I want to do. I’m listing some of them below for future reference, but I am not focusing on them until my other goals are met or have become routine!
- Hit my ActiveLink goal every day.
- Work out with weights 1-2 times per week in order to SHRINK MY ROLLS!
- Get a MINIMUM of 7 hours of sleep each night.
- Post on my blog consistently & stick to my blogging calendar.
- Reach and help more people with my blog.
- Attend church regularly.
- Meet more positive women.
- Try things that scare me.
- Continue to learn more cooking skills.
I’m sure these goals will be constantly evolving.
I’m sure I will not be perfect.
I’m sure I will need to re-motivate myself many times throughout the year.
I’m sure that I can do it if I am dedicated.
I’m sure that I don’t NEED to be perfect.
GOOD ENOUGH IS GOOD ENOUGH!
I’m sure that I have a support system.
Now that I know what I want to work towards, the only thing left to do is to get started!