I just ended week two of challenging myself to improve on six areas to help me feel better and lose weight. I am happy to report that I did meet a few of my goals, but (there is always a butt) I am left wondering what success means. Am I successful if I only met 2 of my 6 goals?
We set ourselves up for failure when we have a very concrete idea of what success means. A co-worker read my blog and said “Oh, boo-hoo…you want to lose 10 lbs. in 5 months? That’s nothing. My doctor wants me to lose 100lbs. That’s a BIG deal!” I agree, that is a big deal…so why even try when the goal seems unattainable?
I can give you some “why” because I have been asking “why” about everything since the day I could talk. Losing 3-5kgs (that’s 7-11lbs. for non-medical folks) has significant impact on health no matter what your starting weight is. If weight loss is maintained, then the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes and Coronary Artery Disease are reduced. Forget about the ultimate goal if it’s a large number because you will be defeated before you begin.
Set a reasonable goal (5 or 10lbs), reach it, celebrate with a new pair of shoes or a massage, set a new goal, and repeat. It doesn’t matter if your weight loss goal is 10 or 100lbs. The goal is the same…some of us just need to repeat the 10lb goal a few more times than others.
So, to answer my own question of if I was successful this week…I say hell yes. I made time for myself, I thought more about taking care of myself, AND I lost half a pound.
|Goal||Reality||Grade||Change Needed for Next Week|
|Sleep 8 hours||Average 7 hours each night – 1 night of only 6 hours (kids up) and 1-2 nights of 8 hours||B+||Sleep 8 hours at least 3 nights a week…keep this goal from last week|
|Eat Breakfast & No Night Snacking||Eating breakfast daily & only 1 night of mindless snacking||A-||No snacking after 7:30 pm unless it’s fruit or veg…be sure to have plenty of containers of cut up veggies|
|Exercise||Only hit the gym 1 time in the last 7 days for 50 minutes of cardio but did walk the Rose Bowl with Jennifer on Saturday evening||C+||Get back to my usual routine of 3 days a week at the gym minimum OR 3 days a week of any kind of exercise|
|Write Down What I Eat||Still not doing that…mental block or do I really just hate it?||D||Write down 1 day of what I eat…start small to get over the hump|
|Weigh Weekly||Thursday A.M. = -0.5lbs||A+||0.5lbs loss goal met for this week…let’s repeat that by not celebrating with potato chips!|
|Get & Give Support||Pushed through a lot of challenges this week with the help of friends, teachers, therapists, and family…I am grateful||A||Post more recipes and tips in my diary, start the INSPIRE ME section of my blog|