My last blog was basically a status update, so in this one I want to focus on my 2015 goals. I’m a goal-setter by nature. I work best when I have a clearly defined goal with objectives. My goals for this year aren’t only weight-loss related, but that’s what I’ll be focusing on here.
For me, weight loss goals are a little different than regular goals (with a set date and time and way to measure success). I found out rather quickly that when I set numbers-based goals, I am just setting myself up for failure and misery. Scales are stupid. We made up numbers and weight and BMI bullshit–so, while I think those metrics are a good measure of progress in some regard, focusing on achieving a specific number feels silly. So, I measure a few things:
- Did I lose any weight at all?
- Did I lose a reasonable amount of weight for the circumstances that need to be considered?
- Did my body measurements decrease?
- Do I feel better physically? Mentally?
- Do I have more energy?
- Have I made progress fitness-wise?
Those aren’t as clear-cut questions, either, but they give me a place to find positivity in what might not feel so great sometimes (like when my eating is spot-on but I’m still not losing weight, or I upped my strength training numbers and gained weight, etc.). Okay, okay–onto the goals:
- Lose weight!
Things I’ll be doing:
- Eating clean with one cheat meal per month (scheduled for the same time period every month)
- Weighing daily (I know, I know, I said I wouldn’t, but I’m gonna. Buh.) and taking body measurement once per month on the first of every month
- Fitness–cardio and strength training three times per week (each!)
My goal is is 135. That’s entirely arbitrary, though, because I’ve never weighed less than 178. And I was really happy there, but I think a lot of that had to do with not weighing 309 any more. So, who knows what I’ll end up weighing–only time will tell.