Goals Update

Yesterday I was interviewed by a journalist who asked me about my goals. It got me thinking that I haven’t looked at my goals since I wrote them way back in 2012 so I dug out the post. You can read it here. Sorry… it was back when the blog was really notes on Facebook!

So when I first ready through the post, I actually laughed a lot. It was posted on September 2, 2012 and what a difference 9 months will make. Wow!

The post was really about me trying to think of short and long term goals for myself. I remember how hard it was back then (it wouldn’t be now). Back then I focused only on the weight loss (scale) and now I wish I focused on the non-scale victories too!

I wanted to lose 2 pounds a week for 8-10 a month. Looking back, that was an ok number and (for the most part) I was somewhere in that nature most of the time. I’m creeping up on the 70 mark so I’m doing pretty good – but I now know the scale does not define my success.

I set milestone goals for myself

  • 25 pounds – spa treatment
  • 50 pounds mini shopping spree
  • 75 pounds – enter a race
  • 100 pounds – trip to the beach with a new bathing suit!
  • Goal Weight – Disney Marathon

Now, if you’ve been following my blog for a while you’ll know why I’m laughing at myself! I didn’t want to wait for the milestone goals, I just did it anyways.

At 25 pounds, I skipped the spa and hired a trainer (money well spent). At 50 pounds, I didn’t have a shopping spree because I needed them every few months because I was dropping sizes like mad (seven sizes to date). I was still 300 pounds in October when I entered my race so screw waiting for 75!

Now … 100 pounds. I’m still hopeful I might get to the beach this summer but our house hunt may change that plan. We simply may not have the funds / vacation time to pull it off. I’m ok with that though because it doesn’t mean I don’t deserve something – like say a new swimsuit which I’m totally getting this year! For the first time in my life I’m very excited to go swimsuit shopping and have been looking around at the styles to see what I like!

Now the biggie! Goal weight. I don’t think I want to wait for this one either. My hope is that next year (probably around this time), I’ll be packing up my kid and husband and trekking to Disney to run a marathon. I don’t care how much I weigh, I’m going to do it anyways! Let’s just hope I can afford it – that’s the only thing that will stop me!

So back in my blog post I wrote that my game plan was to go to the gym before work (that didn’t happen – work schedule conflict). I originally planned to walk at lunch with coworkers (That didn’t happen either). I simply had too much work to do and opted to plow through a quick lunch and go to the gym after work. That part I’m pretty good with (most of the time). I’d say given my current plate of things I’ve really mastered making working out part of my life.

So as I sit and reflect on the me 9 months ago, I’m reminded of just how far I came. What a difference almost a year can make in a person and in a family. I’m so happy the journalist asked me about my goals. I might not have dug them out to continue being inspired by my own self. Who knew I was inspiring!

I’m back!

First, I want to apologize to all my loyal fans out there. I did not mean to be absent from my blog for quite so long. Simply put, it’s been an exhausting month for me.

My day job is in full marketing campaign swing which has resulted in a lot of extra work hours. Additionally, the house hunt has been taken to a whole new level where we’re seeing 3-5 homes a week sometimes. Oh and then there’s my daughter’s softball schedule which kicked off last week. Basically, time is … well nonexistent.

But I’m back.

While I wasn’t blogging, I can say with no uncertainty that I haven’t fallen off the wagon. I’m still keeping to the lifestyle and living the dream. Life is good and I couldn’t be happier with my weight loss progress.

Unfortunately my scale numbers have stopped for the most part. I’ll go down a few pounds, then back up and then back down again. The yo-yo effect is kind of annoying. I’m honestly not surprised though since my time at the gym has been a little bit sporadic. In fact, last week was the first time since joining in September that I actually didn’t make it to the gym at all. It killed me. I’m not off to a great start this week but I’m hopeful I’ll make it there tomorrow.

While I haven’t been able to get to the gym, I still find ways to be active at home. A few extra trips up the stairs, running in the yard with my daughter or just simply doing the gorilla workout app. I do what I can with the time that I have and that’s all I can do.

Basically, I’m making it work. My lifestyle changes are still in full swing and I’m happy about that. I’m living proof that no matter what life throws at you, you can (and will) succeed if you keep your eye on the prize. For me that prize is new clothes. I simply love going shopping these days. There’s nothing that can take that joy away from me.