I've been looking at goals. The longer the journey, the more important motivation becomes, and for as hard as I've worked, I've only completed 25% of my journey (so far).
My first goal was to lose 10% of me. I reached that goal. (See the Progress or Goal tabs)
This current (second) goal is to lose 30 lbs (or to reach 247 lbs), to leave the morbid obesity category.
I am halfway to reaching that goal, with just 15 more lbs to go! Allan (SDDDY Challenge originator/coordinator) says I should be able to reach that by mid-December. How awesome would that be?!!
Assuming I stick with the challenge (oh, I'm sticking with it, believe me!), I will need to set upon the path to my next goal in about a month. But, what will that next goal be? I don't want to make them so big that it takes a long time to get there. Another 30-lb goal would drop me from the (then) "Severe Obese" category into the plain old "obese" category, but that is a big chunk to lose - for the third time, as both goal 1 & 2 were 30-pounders.
I think I'll want a slightly shorter-term goal, going into the Christmas-to-New Year's Eve bridge. I need something to keep me moving forward, while being achievable and realistic.
Losing 10% would be roughly 25 lbs. Less than 30, but still more than I want to tackle outright. So, I have decided to make goal # 3 a specific weight. After reaching goal # 2, I am going to embark on goal # 3 ... 230 lbs.
That is 17 lbs. to lose for the next goal.
I looked. The last time I weighed 230 lbs was in 1990, twenty years ago!
So, I now have to think of my reward for reaching that weight of 230 - not that the health benefits alone aren't reward enough.
Goal 1 reward was the Ralph Lauren loafers
Goal 2 reward will be a Kate Spade tote bag
Goal 3 reward will be ??
Well, it isn't as big as the first goal. And it isn't as momentous as the second goal. I think I will make my Goal Three reward a single Lunt sterling silver teaspoon, in the Bel Chateau pattern. It is something lasting, and something I could use every single day - a reminder of my accomplishment, reversing a 20-year trend.
Task done! Now, I can move seemlessly from this goal onto the next one, when that time comes (hoping, of course, it will come in December)!!
Onward and downward ...