But if your goal is time-based (as all good goals should be), then that countdown clock starts ticking louder and louder! The deadline is approaching and (hopefully), the goal is within reach. Will he make it in time? Will she succeed or fail? Stay tuned.
My "big goal" of 2009 was to compete in my first cycling race, which I did (35 miles in El Tour de Tucson). In March of 2010, I started eating better and losing weight, but I got pretty comfortable at a quick 30 pound loss and stayed there for two months.
So, my wife challenged me to pick a new goal and we decided that I should hit 275 by Labor Day. That is 8 pounds away and 11 days away (depending upon your timezone). That "long-term" goal is now a fast-approaching goal and I intend to make her proud and achieve this.
Several of you have agreed to join me. Patrick affirmed it over the weekend that he also will drop 10 pounds by Labor Day (9.6.10). Some of you already committed (but I'm not sure how you are progressing).
The clock is ticking and the excitement is building.
My Labor Day goal has taken on more significance for me, because if I achieve it, it will mean that I have lost 50 pounds in 6 months. Some nice symmetry there, which was totally unintentional. If I fastforward three months to early December, I am now setting a goal for losing another 25 pounds (75 total) on my 45th birthday. Finally, I still have that goal of running a 5k in under 30 minutes by year-end.
I recently saw a new challenge posted by Courtney and it is called the 100 Day Challenge. Please check out her website and join us in committing to a new goal for yourself. Syl is doing a challenge as well with a bunch of people and it revolves around the 30 Day Shred. That won't be my program, but I may jump in with my own activities. The point is...challenge yourself and put it out there to have others cheer you on and let's do it together.
I've said it before, but I have stumbled upon my own little formula here that works for me:
- Commit (to a time-based, measurable goal)
- Train (for that goal)
- Results (which come from the training)
For those of you who are new here(!), my wife challenged me in mid-June to lose 20 pounds by September 6th (Labor Day). If I achieve that, I will be able to buy this toy I have wanted for awhile...the iPod Touch. In reality, we have the money to purchase it, but for me it is more of an unneccesary "want", not a need. So, I am happy to earn it (and drop 20 pounds at the same time)! I call it Mrs. Clyde's iTouchallenge.