I've been away and am coming back to check in and describe my thoughts on a reasonable plan for 2013.
Sounds exciting, doesn't it? A reasonable plan? No one usually cheers for "reasonable"...they cheer for aggressive, challenging, "all or nothing" (a ridiculous phrase), and even the "scary milestone event" (I've used that one in the past).
But a "reasonable" goal has always sounded very wimpy and tame to me..as if I am settling for mediocrity.
Here are some of those mediocre or wimpy examples that I have heard in the past:
- Make some better food choices
- Exercise 3 times per week
- Get a good amount of sleep
- Lose 1-2 pounds per week
Instead, I have rejected those guidelines and have been focused on AGGRESSIVE results! 3-5 pound weight loss per week! Exercise plans of 6 days per week. 1,300 calorie per day nutrition plan.
I have proven that I can be aggressive and achieve those results...for awhile. I can train for specific races, hit aggressive weight loss goals by a specific date, and maintain my focus with that finish line in my sights. I become a superhero for awhile.
But I now believe that this type of deadline-based goal planning is not helping me make sustainable lifestyle changes (now that's a boring phrase for you!).
So, I am going to make some adjustments to my plan for 2013. I may still have some short-term deadlines for fun, but the over-riding theme is going to be one of moderate and steady progress, realistic goals...reasonable.
In my next post, I will share some input that I received from my physical therapist and my new favorite author.