Here are some of my personal goals that I  hope to reach by the first day of my summer vacation 6/8/12, 7 whole weeks

  1. Weigh 140lbs. (lose 9 pounds)
  2. Run 3 miles without stopping
  3. Do 15 perfect push ups

Throughout this blog, I will be setting goals and creating new ones when old ones are reached.  Setting goals is very important to me.  It’s a great way to track progress over long periods of time, and knowing specifically what you want actually makes it much more achievable.  Shoot for the moon!  Set short term goals and long term goals.  Share your goals with your friends, family and other people that support you in all aspects of your life.  Having moral support is often very helpful when things get rough.

But make sure your goals are realistic.  Be sure to differentiate between short term goals, and long term goals.  A couple months ago, I set a goal to lose ten pounds in a month.  As you can imagine, this ended in disaster.  I got obsessive about every bite I took, and went against my own beliefs that calorie counting is unhealthy.  I ate too little and pushed myself too hard when I exercised.  After three weeks of this, I had lost little to no weight.  I had an emotional crash and spent a night watching unpopular Disney movies from the late 90’s, eating junk food and crying alone.  I don’t regret this, because it really helped me learn about my own limits and what my body and my mind are capable of.  Extremes are never healthy!  Also remember that not reaching a goal by the time you set is totally okay.  Give yourself plenty of wiggle room. Never plan on reaching long term goals by the exact date, because this often leads to disappointment, which leads to guilt, which lead to feelings of inadequacy, which lead to hopelessness, which leads to giving up.  NEVER GIVE UP!  Even if you spent months pushing yourself harder than you ever have, if you don’t reach your goal right away, you are still that much closer.

I know that I can reach my weight goal because I have gotten very close before.  I went all the way down from 153lbs., to 144lbs.   I celebrated by spending the next couple of weeks making excuses not to exercise, eating too much and gaining it back.  Luckily I didn’t gain it all back, so I am lower than when I originally started.  But let this be a lesson that food should never be a reward.  It’s a bad habit to get into because you’ll always end up closer to where you started than to your goal.  It’s a deadly cycle!

I will continue to give updates on my progress, and what I’m doing to reach my goals throughout the blog!  Stay tuned.

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