I was given my 10th Silver 7 at class on Tuesday... TEN SILVER 7s! Even I have trouble grasping at that - Although my goal was weight-loss, I never even thought that this was possible.
Me - July 2012 (Left) vs Me - April 2013 (Right)
I have used micro-goals to get me to where I am now - each goal has been a move in the right direction but set differently to get me to where I am now. For example, my current (March/April) set of goals are as follows:
- Weigh less than 200lbs
- Get 10th Silver 7
- Have a BMI under 30
- Get my 75lbs Certificate
I am still using my Excel Chart, updating it weekly with my weigh-ins to remind me of both how far I have come from and where I am going. The red dotted line indicates my target weight (set at a 2lb loss a week) while the blue squiggley line shows my current weight at each weigh-in since the start of the year.
Using this chart has helped me keep my eyes on my weight in lbs, kgs and BMI. I use one of these three interchangeably to reach a micro-goal. As I said previously, my micro-goals aren't always about losing weight and getting a new Silver 7, some of them help me feel accomplishments looking back at what I have already done. Taking 'Weigh less than 200lbs' for example - I set this back in February when I was still in the teens. It incorporates all of the work I have done before the time I set it as my goal.
This is what has helped me stay on track & keep my focus on short micro-goals while working towards the bigger picture. I read something recently which said:
"Accomplishment creates confidence, which creates effort resulting in more accomplishment"
I know for a fact this is what works for me as once I complete a mini-goal, I immediately feel good about myself for having achieved a goal, that it fuels me to reach my next goal - whatever that may be. Another problem area that I have also gotten better with is rewarding myself after completing a goal as in general, I tend not to reward myself or appreciate my own hard work in achieving it.
Looking at my recent goals, you can see they are spaced out in such a way that I am achieving goals every few weeks as opposed to waiting for longer periods of time with no reward/prize/sense of accomplishment.
Weigh less than 200lbs- Achieved 26th March Get 10th Silver 7- Achieved 2nd April Have a BMI under 30- Achieved 2nd April
- Get my 75lbs Certificate
That is why the post is a tribute to all my goal numbers: 5, 7, 10, 11, 13, 72 and 222:
- 5 - The number of stones I have lost
- 7 - Silver ones
- 10 - The number of Silver 7's I have earned
- 11 - My furthest run to date
- 13 - My weight in stones right now
- 27 - The number of lbs I have to lose to 'Gold'
- 72 - The number of lbs I have lost
- 222 - The number of days I have been on this journey
Have you thought about your numbers?