Have you started thinking about 2015 yet? I know we haven’t even come close to closing the books on 2014, but thinking sometimes goal setting shouldn’t be restricted to the calendar. A healthy goal of mine is one I started this year and anticipate completed by 2015.
Achieving My Goal Weight
In March I set the goal of achieving my goal weight of 185 pounds. What I didn’t do was set the time to achieve it. I was fixed on the number: 1-8-5. That’s a start but without deadline I could be meandering my way to 185 for a while.
Thinking about 2015 I see my goal weight and maybe even at my stretch goal of 180. I’m at 200 right now and down 3 pounds since I started. The progress has been slow and that’s the point. I’m focusing on a lifestyle change, not a crash diet.
For a life style change that means: proper diet, consistent exercise, good support, and plenty of sleep. These tactics are simple and effective but take time to implement and become routine.
My focus has been unprocessed foods. Fresh high water dense fruit and vegetables, lean protein, and responsible carbs. I’ve also stopping snacking as a result. For breakfast, lunch, and dinner I eat well-balanced meals that give me plenty of sustenace to carry me to the next meal. In the past, I’ve tried spacing out calories with the aid of snacking. This strategy left me feeling hungry – a lot. Now I’m finding myself thinking less about food and making responsible choices.
Running three days a week has been a constant for a while. What wasn’t a constant was strength training. Over the course of a month, I’ve been following a weight lifting routine that has allowed me to gain muscle. I know I’ve gained muscle because the scale hasn’t gone down much but waist has. I’m now able to fit into a pair of pants I’ve owned for over a year and can now wear them easily! That’s a result of running and weight lifting.
My wife and kids have provided solid support in my weight loss approach. My wife and I know our goals and help each attain them. Going after my goal alone isn’t impossible but I’ve found it important to share my progress – good days and bad. Talking about it openly keeps me honest as well as focused.
There’s already been a couple of days where I was short on sleep and bad decisions followed. I now take sleep seriously. I’ve actually opted out of a workout just to get some much needed sleep and was better for it. There’s no doubt that I can make better quick decisions about my diet (and other things) when I’ve had at least seven hours of sleep. I think back to when I was most unhealthy and I stayed up late and woke up early for work. While at work I gave in easily to food days, the vending machine, and the work cafeteria. With plenty of sleep it’s much easier to stick to my plan and the lunch I brought.
Final Thoughts on 2015
So that’s my plan to achieve my healthy goal for 2015. It’s simple, repeatable, and easy to explain. Achieving my goal weight might just happen in 2014, but it’s 2015 that I’m concerned about. Losing weight isn’t always the challenge – it’s keeping it off.
Some of the strategies mentioned above came from the Pritkin Longevity Center. Pritkin is celebrating their 35th anniversary of promoting healthy lifestyles and this post was inspired by some of their principles. Visit their site for great information on healthy weight loss and other health related issues. You can also learn more about Pritkin by following then on Facebook.