This week's project, brought to you by the awesome people of the Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans, is to make a list of short term and long term goals. That would be easy - if that's all I had to do. I have to make the list but I ALSO have to create a list of rewards for accomplishing the goals AND put deadlines on the goals. **Insert nervous giggle**
When I first read the project information, I thought "no big deal". Then I started working on The List. Writing a list of goals, like I said, is easy. It's basically a wish list.
I wish to be thin one day
I wish to run a 5K or 1/2 marathon one day.
I wish to be better at yoga one day.
Start adding rewards and deadlines - and your goal list has become an agenda. A to-do list. A meeting planner with your future, and there's plenty to be done before the meeting.
I decided to break my agenda, yeah that's what I'm going to call it, up into two sections: Goals I want to achieve in 2011 & Goals I want to achieve in the next 5 years (i.e. short term goals/ long term goals).
Today, I'm going to share my 2011 goals and tomorrow I'll share the 5 year goals. Ready? OK:
Let's start with the big goals, and then I'll talk about the steps I'm going to take to achieve them.
Overall Weight loss goal:
To weigh 145lbs
Overall Exercise goal:
To run a full 5K - without any walking (preferably in less than 30 minutes, but that's extra)
That's it - that's what I want to achieve in 2011. Sounds pretty simple, right? Yeah, right. Those are BIG goals...I have to have smaller goals and deadlines (termed action steps by Miss Kerri O) to get there. So, here's my timeline and action steps to reaching my goals:
Weight loss timeline:
Weigh 199lbs by March 15th (the step into Onederland by the final weigh-in of the Biggest Loser competition)- that means losing 22.4lbs or approx. 2.5lbs a week - gonna be tough
Weigh 175lbs by July 4th (family celebrations, bathing suit...you know) - that means losing 46.4lbs in 25 weeks or about 1.87lbs a week
Weigh 145lbs by October 1st (goal to lose 80lbs in 10 months) - that means losing 76.4lbs in 37 weeks or 2.11lbs a week
Yes, I know, they are pretty hardcore. Losing 2lbs a week is a nice idea - not so sure if it's doable...but I'm going to work my @ss off trying!!
That's where the exercise timeline comes in - the exercise is going to be a big factor into helping me lose the weight.
Complete Couch to 5K training - March 13th
Complete Running Mate 5K Pace Training - April 24th
Run first 5K: April 30th (Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure)
Complete Running Mate 5K Fastest Time Training - August/ September
Run a 5K in less than 30 minutes: TBD (race in the fall...just have to find one)
OK, there's the agenda goals. I also have some other goals that I want to incorporate to help with the above goals - stuff like
- Plan all of my meals each and every week
- 1-2 strength training work-outs each week
- Try Zumba (heard so much about it, must try it)
- Drink 60-80ozs water each day
OK - so there's the PLAN. The agenda. The blueprint to my success. Now, let's talk PAYMENT...urm, rewards.
Here's a list of rewards that I'm going to treat myself with with each milestone:
Weight Loss Rewards:
First Milestone (Onederland): 30 minute massage (never had one..want to try it)
Reaching 190lbs: Romantic dinner with Hubby (romantic meaning no kids)
Reaching 180lbs: New outfit (top, bottom, and maybe shoes!)
Second Milestone (175lbs): Mani/Pedi and new bathing suit (want to look good in the pool)
Reaching 160lbs: Romantic weekend with Hubby (once again, meaning no kids)
Target Weight loss: A professional photo shoot complete with full make-over and new outfit.... OH YEAH, I'm going BIG!
I really hate having pictures made of myself - because I'm fat. I want to feel BEAUTIFUL, so that's why my big kahuna reward is to have my first ever professional photography shoot....I'm already getting excited!!
Complete Couch to 5K training: New running outfit (running pants and shirt...maybe a jacket)
Completion of 1st 5K: Try a hot yoga session (never done it, really want to try it)
Completion of 5K in less than 30 minutes: 1 hour massage session (I will probably really need it) and a big celebration meal with the whole family - at one of our favorite restaurants (not caring about the calories or fat!) Hey, it's a reward...don't judge!
OK, there you have it. My goals, deadlines, and rewards. It was a nerve wracking experience to get them written out...but now that I'm done, I feel empowered. I feel challenged. I feel like I am now working for something, towards something - I just have to complete the baby steps to get there.
Today, I want to know:
What's one goal that you worked really hard to reach, and how did you feel when you got there?
Be honest, do you think my goals and deadlines are a little steep? (yes, I want your honest opinion)
Am I missing something? Should there be a goal on my list that I've missed? Maybe, one that really helped you.
Everyone have a wonderful Thursday!!
Till next time. ;)