Back in December, I decided how much weight I wanted to lose this year. I have been at this for a really long time....so I had to consider what I really wanted to weigh, what I thought was reasonable, and how hard did I think I was going to work for it.
Then, I used the nifty Sparkpeople goal setting tool and played around with numbers and set my goal weight.
It is a goal- something that will require me to stretch-
to do things differently than before-
to evaluate, plan and execute.
It will require me to change my life, my habits, my thoughts.
It is a line that shows up on my weight tracker that represents hope and determination.
I have set my goals before, and have not reached them...
or have reached tham and then forgotten all about them in the celebration of getting there.
Lots of people do that.
The goal line is a number...
I am not.
The goal line is consistent- every week, it moves that tiny bit that is needed that when added together will all the other tiny movements, will get me to my goal for the year.
I can't live my life by that goal line, because I am human...
and I am not great at consistency,
and I fail.
But the goal line is worth considering, as it sits there on my weight report.
It shows a steady, almost flat decline in my weight until it will eventually meet up with my final goal for this year. (weight wise goals- I certainly have a LOOOONNNG list of non-scale related goals, too!!) That goal line is worth saluting- because it reminds me that slow and steady.....
thoughtful and consistent...
hopeful and trying...
is what will get me there!
I am trending behind on my goals already and for the year so far. That's OK.
I may always hover somewhere above that line. But My hope is that my line will mimic the one I set- that I will work steadily throughout the days and months, make small, successful movements, towards my desired results.
It's what I hope for- the strength to make each day a letter better than the prior one. To shape my life in ways that make me feel good about it.
I am embracing me inner turtle
and telling her she is OK! Just don't roll over and get stuck in the same spot...keep creeping along and you will get closer than you were!
I decided that the 7th of each month is when I will check in on my progress- trying something new! So far this year, I am doing OK. I have had a few starts and stops along the way....but am still just inching along!