Saturday, April 26, 2008
Another Sparker and I emailed about mini-goals. When I started on this little adventure, I realized I wanted to lose a grand total of 150 pounds. Yowzer. That was a mountain that seemed insurmountable. I mulled it over for a few days, and thought I would try the mini-goal approach.
Now, I take no credit for this: I've read about mini-goals before, about taking any obstacle (or project, for that matter) and chipping away at it a chunk at a time. Small bits seem doable, whereas tackling the "whole" seems too daunting.
I've recently been diagnosed with Type II diabetes, and one of the pamphlets I was given suggested losing 10% of your body weight (if you're overweight) to see if that makes a difference. It will often (said the source) substantially improve blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, all kinds of health problems.
I roughed out 10% to be 30 pounds. (Yes, I know, I started at less than 300, but certainly closer than I've been before!) So I've set this first scale-ticker from Start 276 to Goal 246.
I look at 246 and think - gah! I've got such a L-O-N-G way to go. But I discovered that the ticker moves pretty fast. Now, if I was going from 276 to 125 in one fell swoop, it would barely creep along. I really feel as tho I'm accomplishing my goal when I see the scale is more than halfway to my first mini-goal.
Dunno that mini-goals will work for everyone, but I think it's another tool in the toolbox that works for me. ;-)