Sunday, January 25, 2015

Goal Setting: Set Your Sights on SUCCESS

How do you set goals for yourself?

I was flying home from Anaheim last week and thinking about my goals for the coming year. There are things I want to accomplish in several areas, including career, family and health. 

There are recognized strategies for how to set goals, most notably the SMART method - ensuring your goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. 

But something kept running through my head - SEE, SET, SAY

While the SMART goal setting process is probably the best one out there, it actually misses out on two of the most important things that have made a difference to me achieving my goals. From weight loss to career success, these two things have been absolutely key: SEE and SAY. 

SEE - I have always visualized my goals. Not in a meditative way or anything, but I do picture what that goal will look and feel like once achieved. I can picture it so clearly that I have no doubt that it will happen. You might do this with a vision board or just in your own mind, but SEE your goals as you set them. 

The SET is pretty self-explanatory, given that you need to SET the goals - but make sure they are SPECIFIC and have a time frame. For example, I want to run the Wine & Dine Half Marathon on November 7, 2015 in a time of 2:20 or less. 

SAY - This may be one of the things that most contributed to my weight loss success, and it started with this very blog. Creating this blog made my weight loss journey "official," public, and it gave me the added accountability I needed. I'm not saying everyone needs to start a blog or a Facebook page to achieve their goals, but don't be afraid to TALK about them, to TELL people what you are working towards. 

Whatever your goals, make them REAL for yourself. Set your specific goals and share what you're doing. SEE. SET. SAY. 

What are your goals for 2015?

Friday, January 23, 2015

Finding Victory at the Spa

I am off work this week and following Sunday's half marathon and my first few workouts on the 21 Day Fix, I booked myself in for a massage to ease my tired muscles. 

I chose a lovely local spa so I could take advantage of the fluffy robes, the eucalyptus steam, the fireside chaise lounge and the view. 

As I was lying there during the massage it occurred to me that I wasn't having trouble keeping my hands on the table. That might sound strange, but before I started my weight loss journey I would always need to tuck my hands under my thighs to ensure they didn't slip off. My hips were wide enough that there wasn't room for my hands to lie alongside them.  

My hands were now lying comfortably beside my body with room to spare.

As I got up to put my robe back on I had another realization. I could wrap the robe around my body easily. I didn't have to worry about accidentally exposing myself because the robe wasn't quite big enough.

It's been over four years since I reached my goal, but these "non-scale victories" come up every now and then. Being on a plane and not having my hips touch both arm rests or buckling up without hesitation, grabbing a size medium and not worrying whether it will fit...these moments are more important and more rewarding that any number on a scale.

I love that even four years later these successes still feel like the first time. It's a constant motivation to keep going, to keep making mindful choices every day.

And if I have to book myself into the spa on a regular basis to keep the victories coming, so be it. I'll make that sacrifice.

What kind of non-scale victories have you celebrated?

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