Exercise to stimulate, not to annihilate. The world wasn’t formed in a day, and neither were we. Set small goals and build upon them. ~ Lee Haney

Of course in my mind, I have my big goal, for total weight loss. But, I know that I need to start with smaller goals. So these are my goals to complete by the end of the year:

  • Walk/Jog 3.1 miles in 40 minutes or less!
  • Lose 8+ pounds by my annual physical in mid Oct.
  • Lose 15 pounds total by our birthday trip to NYC in November
  • Lose 25 pounds total by the end of the year

I also have lifestyle goals that I know I need to reignite to make this a permanent way of life:

  • Be in the gym at least 4 days a week
  • Drink 100 ounces of water or green tea a day
  • Weather permitting, walk at my lunch hour at least twice a week
  • Prepare lunches on Sunday’s for the week and menu plan dinners
  • Track all food that enters my mouth

I have to remember to celebrate the small victories and be proud of reaching each of these goals.

A dear friend told me, “You didn’t gain the weight overnight, so you won’t lose it over night.” I think this is one of the most frustrating parts of trying to lose weight, not only for me, but for everyone who is trying to lose weight. This is one of the reasons why so many people give up trying lose the weight. Accomplishing these small goals will help me to stay focused on the bigger picture.

Please feel free to ask me about these goals, especially the lifestyle goals.