When I started this journey I set out to accomplish 4 LONG-TERM GOALS:
Reach ONE-derland(achieved on 11/18/2013)
- Lower BMI to 29.9 which would put me out of the obese category and into the overweight category.
- Lower BMI to 24.9 or weigh 132 or less which is the high-end of normal weight range for my height.
- Reach a comfortable weight. I don’t know what that is yet. The best weight that I remember being in was 123 when I was in my late teens. My body has changed since for sure so I don’t know if that will be the final weight goal but it’s a good a number as any and it’s smack in the middle of my optimal weight range.
Goals are important and give you something to look forward to. There is also a great sense of achievement when you make it but in order to give yourself positive reinforcement it is necessary to set goals that are realistic.
Always keep it real.
In January I joined dietbet, a website that organises weight loss competitions with cash prizes. They have one-month competitions where you must lose 4% of your bodyweight and 6-month competitions where you must lose 10%. I am doing The Transformer, a 6-month competition spanning from Jan to July. I am hoping to buy a pair of single-digit-sized jeans with my earnings.
I wasn’t really setting fixed goals before I joined dietbet. The goal was simply to lose weight and as long as the scale moved in that direction I was happy. It didn’t always do it. I had a bad week and gained 1.5 lbs in month 3, plateaued for two weeks in month 5, and got injured in month 6 (still recovering). None of that matters though, does it? I can still say that in seven months I lost 50 lbs. This is a marathon, not a sprint.
In any case, my weekly goal is to lose weight. I celebrate equally when I lose 0.2 lbs (my lowest) and when I lose 4.6 lbs. (the most I have lost in a week). More importantly, I don’t criticize myself when I gain or don’t lose any weight. Love yourself above all else.