I've been getting more email questions about various things, so I decided to add a “Ask Me Anything” box in the right sidebar of the blog. Is there something you want me to answer on the blog? If so, just pop in a question there and submit. You can submit anonymous questions if you want, but if it's mean spirited or offensive, it will not get answered. As always, you can email me if you'd rather ask something privately.
I was thinking about more questions today that I probably needed to think about as I go through this process. It was interesting to see on the blog and on Twitter how you guys define “fit” from yesterday's post. One of the things that makes weight loss so hard is that it's so individualized. The process is not only physical, but it's extremely emotional. It's shaped on how you were raised, what your family attitudes towards fat or fitness were, how your friends talk about fat or fitness, etc. It's about the farthest thing away from a cookie cutter as possible.
During this long weight loss journey, I'm sure I'll change my mind on these questions as I progress. Take goals, for instance. The more progress I make in the journey, the more my goals change. Have you experienced the same thing?
So- what is my goal?
When I started, my goals were very long-sided. To weigh 200 pounds. To fit wherever I wanted to: restaurant booths, bathroom stalls, airplane seats…
Now? Sure, I still want to fit. Not sure what I want my weight to be. The lowest I ever remember being is 215 (I'm 5'10, that puts me around a sie 14/16 misses), so why I said 200 is kind of beyond me. I think my goals for right now are a lot more short-sided. The road is so long that I'm having to feel small successes more frequently in order to keep motivation. Tonight, my goal is to make it through my high intensity workout without falling, puking or crying. Next week, my goal is to complete the 5K. After that is to stay consistent with my workouts until my cruise. During the cruise my goal will be to not eat like crazy and to stay active. Beyond that? No idea.
Obviously the end goal is “health” or “fitness” but those are so broad… it's not like I can write that down and then know on Tuesday, “ooh! I just reached my goal of health! Let me check that off the list!”
How frequently do you change your goals? What are your goals RIGHT NOW?