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WEEKLY QUESTIONS

What Goals have you reached?

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Weekly QuestionThis question of the week is inspired by a goal I set for myself this year to climb the difficult steep inclined rock wall at the gym. I’ve made a date with that wall every tuesday and week after week I’m getting closer and closer to reaching that goal.

Yesterday I psyched myself up. I was going to do it. I really was. “Today is the day” I told the husband.

I went to the gym particularly early for my cardio class, I eyed up that wall and I said to myself, “that’s it, today is the DAY! You CAN do this”. Then I proceed to gear up amongst the stares of people wondering what a 30’somthing is doing climbing a wall clearly meant for the ‘young folk’.

I told my spotter, “this is it, I’m going to do it!” and as I attacked the wall and made it about 1/3 of the way up I lost my grip and went flying in the air. All my hopes and motivation dangling right along with me. Man I couldn’t do it.

While I was lowered to the ground I felt like a child that was denied candy in the check out line. I had that pouty face on and I was just overall, disappointed.

Then I tried it again.

At this point in my (excessively long) introduction to this weeks question, I would LOVE to tell I did it. I made it up that wall and climbed it with strength and grace. But I can’t. :~( My goal was not attained this week.

And that’s OK! I think sometimes we focus too much on how we fail instead of what we have achieved. So this weeks question is about recognizing what you have accomplished. Really sit back and think about the goals you’ve made for yourself. Have you reached them? Theses goals don’t have to be only weight and scale related, what about mini-goals of avoiding soda for the week, or trying new foods, hitting the gym, taking family walks, or my favorite, shutting of the TV?

When we only look at a weight related goal (or in my case a wall related goal), we may get discouraged about a stupid number on a stupid scale and we forget about all the positive things we are doing for ourselves. All the things that are HUGE accomplishments. Those things are us REACHING GOALS!

So, what goals have you set and reached?

Let’s look at all we have accomplished and pat ourselves on the back today.




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    Amy!

    May 21, 2008

    It’s funny you posted this TODAY of all days as my body has been taken over by Negative Nancy the past 24 hours and I needed something to center me again.

    I’ve been obsessing about the scale and points again, not looking at the fact that I’ve been blogging and journaling for almost 2 months.

    I’ve been getting my body moving a LOT more

    I’ve been doing things I enjoy like yoga again

    When I’ve been out in challenging dining situations I’ve enjoyed what I’ve eaten. Been in Control and felt NO GUILT.

    That last point is the one I’m proudest of. When I get on the scale tomorrow and may/may not break the 160s…I will keep this in mind. ♥

    Amy

    Alisha

    May 21, 2008

    My biggest goal is to reach WW goal which is less than 5 lbs away, but coming off slowly!! I have another goal of being able to grow eggplant this year in the garden. It is coming up, but in the past it hasn’t put out eggplants. We’ll see!!

    Congrats on still trying and never giving up with the wall!! Great goal to have!!

    PS: Can you help me with the Breyer’s Free Vanilla? I think something is wrong with mine. It has more calories (110) in 1/2 cup than other people’s seem to have. Are there two different ones? So confused!! (Google didn’t help)

    Alisha

    May 21, 2008

    http://www.icecreamusa.com/products/product.cfm?u=77567-29500&b=1

    I have this exact container of Ice Cream and my NI on my container is different than this….SO WEIRD, I’m taking a picture!!

    Sorry, Roni, back to goals…great question!!

    Lesley

    May 21, 2008

    Great post! I’m enjoying your site very much, thanks to Lynn steering me in your direction.

    I have a new goal this week – I am limiting my diet soda intake to hopefully combat some evening snack cravings that I feel are only intensified by too many sugars (even if diet) from the soda. Wish me luck!

    MizFit

    May 21, 2008

    I started reading this OBVIOUSLY thinking youd made it up the wall and SIMULTANEOUSLY thinking my answer would *sigh* be nothing.

    I have a couple of work goals (which Ive shared with you) that I havent even come CLOSE to achieving but I have taken baby steps toward.

    like that wall, R, WE will get there.

    as always youre keeping the masses motivated and on track.
    here’s hoping it is a good day for you.
    M.

    Anonymous

    May 21, 2008

    My husband has been out on a 7 month deployment. When he left, I was at 175.8 and I made goal to lose 25 pounds. Well, as of Monday the 19th, I was at 150.5. So, I made it. He will be home on June 4th and I can’t wait to see the expression on his face. This wasn’t the easiest goal to attain, but the reward is definitely worth the hard work.

    Nina

    Mindy

    May 21, 2008

    Wow, Nina! What a great surprise for him! You should video tape and post for us! :)

    Great question, Roni, and it is reminding me how empowering it can be to have a goal and achieve it.

    I can’t think of anything other than starting and keeping up with my blog.

    I am definitely at a lull in my journey and need something like a new goal to perk myself up!

    watchinmyweight

    May 21, 2008

    My goals this week are:
    1. No eating out…spent way too much at Wal-Mart! :)…haven’t eaten out yet!
    2. Drink LOTS of water…I am.
    3. Stay on track…oops….today is better. :)

    Scrumpy's Baker

    May 21, 2008

    I needed this today. I’ve been down on my choices the past few days and tend to go into “I’m a total failure” mode when that happens. I’ve come so far! I can’t forget that.

    V

    May 21, 2008

    I’ve managed to battle eating/weight issues for many years now without talking openly about it with my live-in significant other, but last night we talked about it and shared our desire to take control of our food intake and lose weight. It felt GREAT to be able to voice that in front of him. I am going to a WW meeting next Thursday and will be open about this with him too (although it will be really hard to admit I “need help” on this journey).

    I don’t think I will ever succeed until I am totally honest and open with him about this!!! It’s hard to keep secrets from someone you spend much of your life with!! Anyway, my “pat on the back” is that I took a first step toward having that type of openness with him.

    Phew.

    Anonymous

    May 21, 2008

    this is AnnaBanana from BTL. i have consistenly kept a food log EVERY day since joing WW 19 weeks ago. that is a goal i am very proud of and i believe that making the commitment to journaling has been a major reason that i have lost those first 25lbs.

    Crista

    May 21, 2008

    I have reached a goal of being held accountable for everything I eat..that is one major step for many people trying to lose weight..some people never want to accept how much they do really eat..

    Kathy

    May 21, 2008

    I have reached so many small goals over the past 2 and a half years…and still have so many more I want to reach, but I’m fine with attaining them a little at a time. Only one of those goals is related to a number on the scale…all of the rest are centered around stamina, increased movement, getting out of old clothes and moving into new sizes. But most important of all…I NEVER want to go BACK to where I started. That has probably been my greatest success of all.

    Michael

    May 22, 2008

    I really enjoyed this post. I listened to a speaker recently that spoke about “happily achieving”. This post was refreshing and made me realise that just a number isnt as important as the journey.

    skinnypat

    May 22, 2008

    My goal is to lose 95 pounds by the time a musical I wrote with Dolly parton, based on the movie 9 to 5, opens in Los Angeles. I have lost 68 pounds so far! If you’d like to see how i am doing, along with news about the show and Nutrifit, the diet plan I follow, check out my blog, 95 by 9 to 5, under my name Patricia Resnick on MySpace. I’d love to get feed back from everyone!

    online health and fitness

    May 26, 2008

    My goal is to lose only 5lbs and 3 inches on my waist. It is really hard but with determination and strick diet i know I will make it.