Wednesday, August 17, 2016
My coaching session today was about goals. SMART goals to be exact. Being a nurse with a degree in Psychology, I am familiar with the concept. This is not my first journey to weight loss. In fact, I think I have lost this same weight at least 2 times in the past. The problem has been that once I get to a comfortable weight, I return to previous behaviors and well, lets just say that the weight comes on a lot quicker than it comes off. It usually isn't until something happens, such as not being able to breathe in my "fat" pants or catching a glimpse in the mirror at such an angle that makes me question if that was me.
I have started again and again and many times, I have tried to change everything all at once, only to become frustrated with the process and give up. I have sworn off sugar only to find myself in a binge fest of it weeks later. I have exercised excessively to the point of not being able to move comfortably for days on end. All with the goal that "I am going to lose this weight if it kills me". Sadly, those were the times that I simply gave up after losing a small amount in what I perceived as too long of a time.
Of course, weight loss is the ultimate goal. It is the impetus behind making all of these changes, but it can be a slow process. What if I used the other benefits of making changes as my goals. I could use goals such as my clothes fitting better, having more energy, feeling better mentally, and finding new, healthy foods that I love. I am always on a journey to better myself and constantly working towards new goals. It is what I love about life itself. We never stop improving.
Today, I am going to think carefully about what SMART goals I want to set and I will put weight loss at the bottom.