Setting My Goals to Stay On Track

I am a firm believer of making lists just so I can check things off. I have lists of lists. I may have lists of lists of lists! There is something just so satisfying in crossing things off a list. Naturally, I thought it would be a great idea to include lists into losing weight, so I wrote out my weight-loss goals.

Forbes had a great little article on why setting goals is important. Apparently, and maybe quite rationally, people who write down their goals are much more likely to reach them. As a Speech-Language Pathologist, goals are what drives me every day when I’m working with my students. I use data to drive my goals, and it’s the same when I look at my weight. I take data points every Sunday morning. Though my goal is my end-game, and the data is just record keeping and motivation for me, which is not how it works on the job 😉

FIRST GOAL

My Goal: Lose 110lbs
This was my first set of benchmarks:
25lbs lost= new clothes
25lbs lost= new shoes
15lbs lost= new clothes
15lbs lost= laptop
10lbs lost= new bathing suit
10lbs lost= spa day
110lbs lost= vacation!

But after doing Keto for a good strong 2 months and not losing 25lbs yet, I have decided to revise my benchmarks. At work this would be called an addendum. Ha, for all of my Special Ed friends! Also, a laptop??! What was I thinking?? (I looked into the price… Yeah, nevermind!)

REVISED GOAL

My Goal: Lose 110lbs
New Benchmarks:
20lbs lost= new clothes
20lbs lost= new shoes
15lbs lost= spa day
15lbs lost= new clothes
10lbs lost= bedroom curtains (strange, right?!)
10lbs lost= new bathing suit
10lbs lost= spa day
10 more lost for a total of 110lbs lost= ??

Isn’t it weird that I don’t have an end-goal now? My hubby are going on a vacation next year for our 1 year Ketoversary, sans kids!! We signed up for a Hyatt credit card and got free nights. This was originally my end-weight goal, but I was thinking I might be losing faster than I am. Really though, I’m okay with that. I see people who lose 20lbs a month and I thought since I have a lot to lose that would be me, but it isn’t. We just have different bodies, so I’m coming to grips with that.

So, we’re now just going to call that our 1-year Ketoversary celebration. I’m sure I’ll be celebrating weight-loss while we’re there, but it might not be my goal weight just yet. And that’s okay!

REALIZATION

When I look at pictures like this of myself, I have started to forget about how long this will take to get to my goal, when really my goal is to be active again.

Summer 2016
December 2016

I’m not on a timeline now, which has actually released quite a bit of pressure that I was putting on myself. I have been strict Keto- no dextrose or other sweeteners (except a very limited amount of stevia once in a great while) and no canola oil or vegetable oil. Definitely NO SUGAR, that’s a given. A lot of people will have regular mayonnaise but it has oils in it that aren’t Keto approved, so that’s why I use Primal Kitchen. The only time I might have those is if I’m eating out.

 

But in the end, I’m going to do this as well as I can, and let my body heal itself. I’m doing this to be a better mom and wife, and to feel comfortable again. I want to be an active participant in life, not sitting back and taking pictures of it happening around me.

What are your goals? How did you decide to break yours down? Are you having luck with meeting them? I’d love to hear your story!

Peace, Love, and Keto On!

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