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Mini-Goals

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. ;-)
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  • LAURA915
    I agree that mini-goals are important. If you look at my page you'll see that I have goals every few pounds. Things like, 10% lost, 15 pounds lost, in the 150 range, 1/2 way to goal, etc. That has kept me motivated because a new milestone is just a few pounds away. Before I knew it I've lost 25 pounds and am more than halfway to my goal. Also I reward myself each time I enter a new range (150s, 140s, 130, etc.) I get things like a facial, massage, etc. It's really helped. Hang in there, we can do it!!!
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    4693 days ago
  • KARBIE18
    I agree. That's good advice. I'm fortunate enough to have only had 30 or 40 total pounds to lose (I haven't decided for sure yet), but even that I broke down into smaller goals. I am a firm believer in babysteps. Good luck to you on meeting all of your health and fitness goals.

    Karen
    4693 days ago
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