Specific and emotionally connected goals
Friday, June 21, 2013
So I have been listening to Jillian Michaels' older podcasts and today's talk really hit home. Jillian talked about setting specific goals that we can form an emotional connection with to use as fuel. Her example of specific was the difference between saying "I want to go Northeast and I want to got the the Empire State building". Also, just as important is the emotional connection; it does no good to work toward healthy for the goal of wearing a bikini if your a person who would never want to wear one any way.
So all that said I started thinking about what I really wanted and why I was making changes and how to define the importance so that I would want the healthy choices (and the goal weight) more than I wanted to lounge on the couch with a bag of chips all weekend. And I have realized that I have focused so much on saying simply "I want to be healthy" without really thinking about what that means to me. I know I want the healthy choices I make to be ingrained so that I don't have to think about them and they just come naturally, but that's not explaining why I want it. I have also learned that some of my reasons or goals are image based, in our current hype of looks not mattering its a big deal to admit this, and I'm okay with that.
While my far reaching goals are still a work in progress and I'm sure they will change as I do, I wanted to share where I'm at right now. Right now I know that I want to make healthy choices so that in the future:
I can wear the clothes I like: being short makes clothes shopping hard and short and round is a fashion impossibility, I want to wear a size medium or smaller, I want to wear a bikini
I want the confidence that comes from feeling good about how I look
I want to be able to run around with future grand kids (which better not even be born for another 5-10 years) and maybe even great grand kids