Updated Jan, 22nd 2013
Maybe picking goals are easy for people, but I found this to be intimadating as all hell. Usually I just stick in the "do exercise X many times a week", because I don't know what a realistic end goal is. But after failing to keep going twice in the past, well, maybe it's time to give myself something more long term.
Of course, then I realized that I need to do some research first because I know next to nothing about body composition and possible goals...
My main goals are simple sounding, but incredibly intimidating:
These are mostly intimidating because I don't know how possible they are! According to this handy calculator, it means I need to lose about 20 pounds. But I haven't weight under 140 in, well, not since 5+ years ago, so I divided it into the two milestones to make it less intimidating and daunting.
Since i have a tendency to get overwhelmed (once again, as I have learned from my two previous attempts at "getting into shape"), I decided to break it down even further into smaller pieces.
These are supplemented by simpler sounding goals:
Of course, then this is too vague! As I also learned in my previous attempts, I need a schedule for exercise and even for food - other wise I get tempted to break my own rules. So I broke them down further to even smaller less intimidating and specific goals!
And honestly, this is still a bit too vague and leaves me open for freaking out about how I don't know anything about bodyweight training, or running, or how much water I am drinking, or how much is actually ordering out less... So we do a bit more of a break down to mini goals that actually help me attain my main goals:
And now these are things I can add to chart! And use stickers of smiley faces to heel keep track of my accomplishments in a fun quirky way.
But like actually. It's silly, but it is incredibly satisfying to see gold starts line up on a chart.
Links to things I found useful while working on this project: