Goals & Comfort Zones

Let me start by saying: before beginning Weight Watchers I never considered setting goals for myself… at least not outside of school or work. Even at school and work I only really set goals for myself when I was required to.

I’ve been on Weight Watchers for about 10 weeks now – 2 and a half months. I have successfully lost 16.6 pounds in a healthy way by watching what I eat (using the PointsPlus system) and by working out regularly.

Somewhere in my 10 week journey I discovered that setting goals for myself was a huge key to my success. Not just large goals, not just scale goals. I was motivated by the WW Challenges to set small manageable goals for myself. Goals I could achieve on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Goals that will push me out of my comfort zone.

So, rather than pushing myself 100% to the max right off the bat with WW I would push myself little by little to achieve a small goal, and by doing so would be achieving one large goal.

A sampling of goals I am currently working on:

  • October 2011: Put your Work-Out Game Face On! (WW Challenge) This is a monthly goal where I try to go to the gym and work out for certain periods of time every week.
  • Making the Grade – 100 Day Challenge (WW Challenge) This is obviously a one-hundred day goal to simply stay OP (on plan) as many days as possible. Once the 100 days are over you can easily calculate your grade by how many days you stayed OP (86 days = 86% B).
  • Monthly Gym Goal (Personal Challenge) I created myself a sticker chart for the month. Every day I go to the gym, I put a sticker on the chart. It sounds very juvenile but it works for me! I made a goal with it to go to the gym 4-5 times per week and to track all of my activity. For the month of October, this goal goes hand-in-hand with the October 2011 WW challenge.
  • No Scale Week (Personal Challenge) Yes, I notice I weigh myself every day at home just about every time I go by that scale. This may or may not be a healthy habit and as of right now it doesn’t bother me. Someone on the 50lbs+ message board inspired me to go a week with out weighing myself at home and only weighing myself at the meeting. This challenge starts today (10/24/2011) and we’ll see how it ends next Monday.

In addition to making small manageable goals off the scale, I have also decided to make small manageable goals on the scale. My first goal was 5%… second goal is 10% (almost there!) and I suppose my third goal will be an additional 10 pounds.

It’s a small start and I’m taking small steps but I think I will make it there some day

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