The way I figure it, I have 30 pounds to lose from this point. After having lost 80 pounds back in 2001-2002, a measley 30 doesn’t sound difficult, but I know that it is, and I also know that just having a goal of 30 pounds for myself is going to be frustrating and disheartening. Even smaller 10-pound goals are going to cause me heartache, based on the way I’ve lost weight thus far. So, I’ve devised a series of small-ish goals that will help me move along and feel like my next goal isn’t that much of a stretch:
- Get under 190 pounds (check). This was my first big goal, and it was really just a 3.4 pound loss from the start. I did it in the first week, but even more importantly, even on my weekend gains, I’m now solidly in the 180s. For whatever reason, being over 190 scares me more than being over 180. I think it’s being perilously close to that dreaded 200 mark that does it.
- Lose 10 pounds (1.8 pounds to go). This will be my first 10-pound treat. I’ll be taking myself shopping to spend my Gap gift certificates on something for Spring. I don’t have too many Spring clothes, so I need to pick up a few things. I was going to wait until Spring hit, but I think a 10-pound celebration warrants a shopping trip.
- Hit my lowest post-baby weight (4.2 pounds to go). This will be nice. Even though I still felt heavy at that weight, it was the lowest I’d been in a while, and that felt good.
- Get under 180 pounds (5.3 pounds to go). I’ll bet that being over 170 will feel even better than being over 180.
- Hit my pre-baby weight (9.2 pounds to go). This will be wonderful. Still felt huge at this weight, but definitely being back at the pre-baby stage will give me some confidence back.
- Lose 10% of my starting weight (11.1 pounds to go). This is an important one, it’s the most common time when people start to notice that you’re losing weight. When I first started WW, a co-worker that I didn’t really spend time with came up to me just after this point and commented that he’d noticed how much weight I lost and that I looked good. It gave me a whole new perspective on losing. It was quite nice.
- Lose 20 pounds (11.8 pounds to go). Second 10-pound treat. I won’t decide what that’ll be until I get closer.
- Get under 170 pounds (15.3 pounds to go). At this point, I’m expecting extreme excitement. I’ll be halfway to my goal.
- Lose 30 pounds (21.8 pounds to go). I’ll probably need a mini-goal between this and the previous one, but I haven’t gotten close enough to know what a good goal will be, so this is it for now. This’ll be the next 10-pound treat.
- Get under 160 (25.3 pounds to go). This will be fabulous.
- Goal! (30.2 pounds to go) … what can I say? I’ll be ecstatic.
- Maintain for at least a month. I’m planning to maintain a lot longer than that, but the month I’m giving myself is a way to allow me to adjust to my new eating habits at that weight and to get used to the maintenance calories.
Even within maintenance, I’ll be setting small goals for myself, like running a 5K or exercising 5 times per week. I was watching Ellen DeGeneres on my Tivo yesterday, and she was talking about how you can’t go through life without goals – you can’t just sit there complacent and expect life to pass you by. You need to set hard goals for yourself to keep life fun and interesting, and I agree. This weight loss is just one goal to keep me going and keep me motivated through this part of my life. As the days pass, I’ll create new goals and work just as hard to meet or beat them. For now, I think that this goal is challenging and appropriate for me.
So, those are my milestones. I’ll hopefully be referencing them in the future, and I’ll hopefully be hitting that second goal soon enough! In the meantime, I’d love to hear about your personal milestones … how are you challenging yourself?