Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Setting Goals

When I’m weighing in or working out, I have this big cloud looming over my head: 100 pounds…you need to lose 100 pounds. Then, when I see only 0.8 pounds lost, I get discouraged. Or, if I consider working out, I think to myself: ‘Is this 30 minutes really going to help?’ And, yes, sometimes I let that negative thinking get to me, and I end up not doing a workout at all, which certainly does NOT help.

So, when I was on the treadmill today, I realized I need to make some goals for myself…short-term and long-term. Really, my ULTIMATE goal of losing 100+ pounds is the only goal I’ve set for myself, fitness-wise. While it’s great that I have this goal that I want to achieve, it doesn’t help me in my day-to-day process because it is such a lofty goal. Yes, I will reach it one day, but it’s not going to happen tomorrow, next week, or even next month. Heck, a whole year may go by before I am there, but I WILL GET THERE.

The point of all this is that I spent part of my afternoon making a list of goals I would like to achieve: weekly, monthly, long-term, and ultimate. This list of goals will become part of my Monday weekly weigh-in and will help me to see that I am accomplishing something, no matter how big or small it may be.
Weekly Goals
February 18-24
  • Lose 2 pounds
  • Walk/jog/hike 10 miles
Monthly Goals
February 18-March 18
  • Lose 8 pounds
  • Walk/jog/hike 40 miles
Long-Term Goals
  • Lose 10 pounds by Easter (March 31)
  • Register for a 5K by the end of April (April 30)
Ultimate Goal
  • Lose 101 pounds


  1. Katy--Its very tough, and I have such days daily :(
    But, don't be so hard on yourself, I have been in this for 11 months and I have lost just 11 pounds.
    Are you using sparkpeople?
    It's awesome.
    I use my fitness pal for food logging, and every other thing at sp.
    If you have not joined it yet, please do its awesome.

    1. Thanks Z. I'm registered on SparkPeople, but I don't get on there much. Maybe I should start using it again.