Well it’s the last day of January! How crazy is that? My month of blogging everyday is complete! Who’d have thought I’d have so much to say…I certainly didn’t. Here’s one last post for the road, but don’t worry I promise to keep things consistent as the year progresses. Wouldn’t want to cut you off cold turkey 🙂
Back in early December my wonderful Weight Watchers leader, Nancy gave each of us a postcard and we were instructed to write a goal or a resolution on the card. She then mailed the postcards to each of us around New Year’s to remind us of the goals we had set. Mine was as follows:
“By January 31st I will be in onederland!”
Just in case the word onederland is completely foreign to you it’s that point on the scale when your weight goes from 200 to 199. A place I am SO close to being! I was hoping to celebrate this post by saying that I’d accomplished the goal I set out for myself back in early December but alas according to my Thursday night WW weigh-in I am 3.4lbs away that magical place.
I spent my meeting thinking about how this felt like a failure and how if only I had worked out harder or not had that dessert I might be in the place I want so badly to be. Once I managed to get out of my own head and actually listen to the meeting going on around me I discovered it was about “small victories”. How if we look at all those little changes and positive shifts in our behavior it adds up to long-term success.
I can honestly say that I’ve made lots of these small shifts in my life over the last 9 or so months. My refrigerator nine months ago looks nothing like the refrigerator of today. Nine months ago I couldn’t hold a plank for any length of time and I certainly couldn’t do a circuit of burpees (my LEAST favorite exercise!) for 30 seconds. March 2013 Kristi wouldn’t have coconut yogurt with chocolate chips for dessert (seriously it’s so good!) many more calories would have been involved. Most importantly the Kristi of nine months ago would have been totally defeated by not reaching this goal. She would have only seen the black and white version of things. Luckily today I am able to see things in a whole new light. I might not have succeeded in reaching my January “onederland goal” but I did manage to lose another 3lbs in January and that’s not too shabby! Goals are meant to inspire action and keep you motivated, not drag you down and make you feel like a failure. Maybe goals need a little more flexibility, for me right now I’m willing to move my “due date” to the end of February or even March if need be. So long as I’m continuing to make small changes I know the big victory will always be within reach.