To my mind, there are two kinds of goals. There are “milestone” goals – sort of where you want to go – and there are “behavior” goals – things you want to do/not do every day that will eventually get you to the milestone goals.
My behavior goals list is easy enough. Every day, I am:
1. Taking vitamin
2. Drinking 100+ oz of water
3. Eating the noms (at appropriate times)
4. Eating a healthy “lean & green” meal
5. NOT drinking alcohol (“no wine”)
6. NOT complaining or giving myself negative self talk (“no whine”)
7. [exercise goal goes here shortly]
The Milestone Goal(s) are harder for me. I don’t really know what a good weight for me is. The insurance charts suggest something around 105 lbs. Wowza. Maybe I will wind up that low, but back when I was really healthy, in great shape, and looked good (in retrospect) I weighed about 125-130. I had a lot of muscle, which as we all know, weighs heavier, so maybe that was it? Anyway, I am pretty sure I will be very happy by 125, if not before. I was already wearing a 12 petite with many more pounds than that, and let’s face it, it’s all about the clothes for me. 🙂 (12 petite is that magic size where they almost always carry your size for suits.)
So what I have decided is to do this in “chunks.” No pun intended. 🙂
Phase 1 is from where I started to where I was about 2 weeks after Baby No. 2 – after all the actual baby and water was gone. To get there means going down (from start) exactly 45 lbs. I am 17 lbs down so far!
Phase 2 is from post-baby No. 2 to pre-baby No. 1, which is another 50 lbs. I thought about going post-baby to post-baby, but the difference is just 8 lbs, and that 8 lbs smaller weight is the smallest I got to before pregnancy struck. And admittedly the nice even 50 lb number appeals to me. 🙂
Phase 3 is figuring out where I go from there. I am pretty sure I will want to lose another 70 lbs or so, which is scary. So I will just think about it in terms of these nice managable chunks. 🙂