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Goal Setting

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

I’ve never really liked setting goals. Goals are something that tells me I either succeeded or I failed. I cannot procrastinate and make excuses or I will fail. As I get older I find that I need to learn to set goals so that I can accomplish something that I want. This could be a goal to save $100 a month, to steam clean the carpets or to clean out my closet on the weekend. I find that even these kinds of goals are not always easy to complete. But, that’s okay because there is always another month or always another weekend to complete the task. When it comes to weight loss, I find that I do not give myself the option of “another day”, but instead I make myself feel bad about myself for the goal that I did not meet.

For instance, I started a weight loss bet with my cousin last month and I did really well. I lost 12 pounds in two week! By week 4 I was .04 pounds away from that same 12 pounds, which was 5% of my body weight and I lost my original $25 as well as a share of the pot. From there I have continued to gain weight. I told myself that it was all my fault that I lost that money. I was so close and I screwed it up! I shouldn’t have eaten at Jersey Mike’s that Friday. The #8 Regular sandwich I love is nearly 1K calories. And, don't forget the chips and soda since you are getting the student special which is cheaper than buying just a sandwich alone. I shouldn’t have had that soda that I had pretty much stopped drinking altogether. And, from there I started drinking more soda. I started eating more Jersey Mike’s and Mexican food and other things that I had refrained from.

The diet bet ended on March 17 and since then I have gained 5 lbs. I can’t seem to get the 5 pounds off, which will get me back down to that 12. Granted, I have a lot more weight to lose, too. Of course, I’m not eating like I was when I was on the diet bet. Soda keeps slipping into my diet and I keep telling myself that one will not hurt me. I had cut out the sweets, too, but it was my uncle’s birthday and we bought a cake. Well, someone had to eat the cake. It couldn’t just sit there and ruin. After all I spent $25 on that cake!!! And, I wonder why I can’t lose that 5 pounds, even though I have now started to exercise. Why is the weight not coming off like it was before I keep asking myself.

Excuses, excuses, excuses! So, I see that setting goals is very important. I did well when I was setting goals with the diet bet, but as soon as it was over I lapsed back to my old habits.

Therefore, my April resolution (aka New Years resolution) will be to set goals for my diet and exercise by the end of this weekend.

Stay tuned for my goals and Thanks for reading!
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    I was on the same goal yoyo for most of my life. I now set realistic mini goals and reward myself with each goal. I hate competing with others for weight loss goals, I finally have figured out the real competition is within myself. My inner voice is the only thing that really governs the competition and goal success. Good luck and love to you!
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