BabyT had a GREAT time with my parents and remembered we were "on pacation" and seemed to be cool with that. We were really happy and energized to see her after several days. Win-win.
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In my Inbox today was a newsletter from the I Will Teach You to be Rich blog. In my binge consumption of personal productivity blogs, I started reading this one again and subscribed to his newsletter. It's mostly about personal finance and increasing your wealth but has some good content on the psychology of why it's so hard to "just do it", whatever that right thing is, be it saving money, losing weight, or figuring out how to quit your day job and follow your passion.
Well, today's newsletter was about some short exercises you could do to focus on a goal for the next 12 months. How freakin' timely!
I decided to tackle the weight loss thing first because of all the brain space I've been using for it, when I could be using that space and computing power for something much more interesting.
I've already gotten started by following the "new" Atkins eating plan for the past 2 months, drastically reducing my carb intake (with some slip ups, but not nearly as many as I expected). That's a post topic on its own so I won't go into details now.
The goal setting exercise, originally written by Susan Su, had a series of questions designed to be answered as specifically as possible about the vision you have for your life after achieving your goal. Of course this visualization technique isn't new, but I liked the short question format, and the fact that the exercise was designed to last about 20 minutes so I couldn't get caught up in writing up the document perfectly or formatting, or stupid stuff like that. Using those answers, I boiled down my goal into a concise statement that I'm supposed to post in places where I'll see it often.
So here it is. My goal by Labor Day 2012 is this:
- Body weight of 128-136 lbs via
- Atkins/low-carb eating plan and
- At least 15 min of exercise daily
If you're interested in setting your own weight loss 12 month goal, here are the questions I used, which I revised from Susan & IWT's financially-worded ones.
In a year:
- What will I weigh? (you could also use a different metric here, like BMI or body fat %)
- What will I look like and what will I wear? (this is a HUGE motivator for me. I love clothes. be specific about sizes, styles, stores, etc.)
- How much exercise will I be doing?
- What will I be eating?
- How will I feel?
- What will my health be like? (name specific health measurements or conditions here)
- What will my family and friends think?
- What does my Tuesday look like? (pick a working day for this)
- What does my Saturday look like? (pick a weekend/non-working day)
My plan, a la ZenHabits, is to pick one habit to alter each month. I haven't mapped out the 12 months yet, but the first month was an easy choice for me - track my carb intake and weight each day.
I HATE tracking stuff, and this is where I go off the rails, but I've found that when I don't track, I don't pay attention. Or I guesstimate... poorly. The online tracker I use is pretty simple and doesn't have that much overhead. So I've got to figure out how to remember to do this. If I actually track as per Atkins plan requirements, I can figure out how many carbs I can eat and still lose weight. And I'm a girl who loves those carbs, so really, it's in my best interest to keep track.
So there it is. One easy-to-define, but hard-to-execute goal for the next year. Wish me luck.