Ultimate weight loss goal set? Check.
Ultimate weight loss goal broken into snack-sized pieces? Check.
Now it’s time to give myself mini challenges with some rewards. I want to keep my larger goal in mind (ahem, size 8 or less by December 31, 2013), but I thrive on mini challenges – with or without reward.
When I was in about 6th grade, a so-called friend of mine (I now refer to her as my childhood nemesis), told me that the reason I was chubby and acne-prone was because I ate fried food. She offhandedly bet that if I gave up fried food for a month I’d see some drastic results. I took on the challenge, and though there was no applause from her at the end, the min-win felt great. (In the words of Paul Harvey, now you’ll hear The Rest of the Story: Not only did my “friend” not pat me on the back, she in fact said I’d probably cheated when she wasn’t looking (I hadn’t) and that I probably just substituted fried food with something just as greasy (some truth to this). Still, what a bitch!)
The mini goals are just a mindful way of breaking down the ultimate goal even further. They let me focus on a mini task that inevitably helps me reach my ultimate goal. Now, I have to watch myself because I can get a little logical on myself (i.e. replacing fried chicken with pizza in the example above, because pizza is technically not a fried food).
So, for the week of October 31, 2011 I have two goals:
- Do 30+ minutes of cardio every day, burning at least 200 calories (for you skinny bitches out there who say this isn’t possible, it is when you have 100+ lbs of excess weight you’re carrying).
- Eat at least four half-cup servings of vegetables every day (the fiber-filled ones, not squash).
Reward: These Nike workout shorts. (Note to self: write a post on how ridiculously difficult it is to find quality work-out gear in my size at a reasonable price . And finding stuff with pockets for tennis balls? Forgetaboutit.)
Also, keep an eye out for a November goal. I’m pretty nervous about it and will spend the next 36 hours mentally preparing for it. Eek!