Nicole’s recent post “Dec. 1. Almost 2020” over at Prosperity and Calamities inspired me to start my weight loss journey sooner than 1/1/20. Those darn New Year’s resolutions! They never work so why not just set a goal now and get started.
Kiddo #2 was home when I read the post and we had an interesting discussion about personal goals. In the work place SMART goals drive me crazy because they always mean I need to do more. I hadn’t really thought of them for personal use.
As part of our discussion, weight loss came up. It was so easy to use the SMART goal method for this! Why didn’t I think of this sooner??
S – Specific – Weight loss didn’t seem specific enough. I decided on an average of 0.5 pounds per week. To help with this, I went online and joined WW (officially not called Weight Watchers any longer).
M – Measurable – I’m pretty sure the scale (which I dread) will help with this. Something like “pants aren’t tight” didn’t seem as measurable. By the end of the year, the goal is to lose 26 pounds.
A – Attainable – I think if I stay on track and record my food and exercise, this goal is attainable in 1 year.
R – Relevant – How could losing weight not be relevant to my life and health. We went to the scale and I realized I was 2x my previous WW goal set 30ish years ago. Between the 2 kiddos, I was able to reach lifetime member status. The weight has been gradually creeping up since then. I only have data for the last 20 years and it has averaged about 4 pounds per year. It was very eye-opening to realize this. A little bit per year has done significant damage to my body. She also had me do a fasting blood sugar test (using John’s blood tester) and it was 110. Not diabetes but not good. Losing weight will help with this too.
T – Timely – A year seems like a reasonable time goal. If I’ve gained 4-10 pounds a year, I can lose that amount (and more likely more) in the same time frame.
Tomorrow marks one week following the WW blue plan. I’ll occasionally be posting about this journey.