Every week I struggle to stay on track. I start out strong, but towards the end of the week I fizzle (well more like crumple into a ball crying—but that’s beside the point). I wish I knew what it is that makes me lose my motivation. Or more importantly—why is it that what motivates me to do this clearly isn’t enough to keep me on track?
Although I have been losing weight, I’d say that I haven’t been giving it my full effort. After thinking about it this morning, I realized that I don’t really have a clear picture of what I’m working towards. We all need goals, but what are mine?
My long-term goal is to get to my goal weight of 140 lb. My other long-term goal is to run a 5 km race this year. So, how do I get there? What steps to I need to take? Aside from my objectives of eating better and exercising more, I don’t really have plan on how to reach my two long-term goals. So I guess I better get one!
I am going to wedding in May. My cousin and his fiancée are getting married on May 19th, approximately six weeks from today. I am using this date as a marker for my first set of short-term goals. I have three goals over the next six weeks—a weight goal, an exercise goal, and a food goal.
I want to lose 15 lb by the wedding, which I feel is entirely doable if I’m on track eating well and exercising. That is a 2.5 lb average loss per week for 6 weeks. This would bring me to a total 25 lb weight loss by May 19th.
In order to run a 5 km race, I will at some point actually have to start running. You know what they say though—you need to crawl before you can walk. Well I’m going to skip the crawling and go straight to walking. My goal is to walk 5 km, three times a week. Once I get to May 19th, then I’ll start my running training (God help me). I have an October race in mind, which should give me enough time to train.
In my blog on March 24 I wrote about how I have given up drinking soda and haven’t had any for a year now. While that’s great, I still occasionally indulge in other sugary drinks I know I shouldn’t. I sometimes drink iced tea and I will have sugar in my hot tea. I’d like to give up these sugary drinks all together. So, that’s my goal. For the next six weeks, no sugary drinks of any kind.
Now that I have some short-term goals to work on, things suddenly seem more manageable. I have goals! I have some direction! Let the games begin!