When I started my weight loss journey in May 2016, I didn’t really have a time frame. I just knew that I wanted to lose weight and eventually get back to 180 pounds.
Around November I started realizing that I could achieve 100 pounds of weight loss in approximately 8 months and I got excited. What can I say, I like round numbers. :-)
So I set myself a goal of weighing 230 pounds on January 1 and by pushing myself really hard I managed to achieve it. It was amazing to realize I could do this.
But once I reached my goal I realized there was something missing. I was still slowly losing weight, but I didn’t have the drive and the focus the same.
Because I didn’t have a goal.
Don’t worry, I still haven’t cheated or eaten anything that I haven’t planned to. I just haven’t been as mentally focused.
And it struck me again how important the mental focus aspect is.
So now I have a new goal. 130 pounds lost in one year.
My new goal is to weigh 200 pounds (or less) on May 1, 2017.
That would give me 130 pounds in a year. Not too shabby. :-)
To get there I’m going to have to change things up a little bit. Until now, exercise has never been a significant part of this program, but it is becoming so.
I’ve realized that I don’t just want to lose weight, I want to feel fit.
Growing up and always being overweight, fitness was always something that was a negative for me. But over the last few weeks I’ve started to become more and more interested in the idea of fitness, not as an aesthetic, but as a way of life.
Losing weight has made me realize that I can do more things. That my life is not limited. That I have wasted so much time not becoming all I can be, and I’m sick of that.
So now it’s time to strike out for a new destination. Now it’s time to become more, to do more, to serve more and to give more.
Fitness is now going to be a more significant part of my life. I’ve realized I can do this, and now I want it.
So here we go. I’m currently 226 pounds and there are approximately 12 weeks. So I have to lose approximately 2 pounds a week to get to my goal.
So bring it on.
Bring on the focus, bring on the drive, bring on the intensity. Bring on time in the gym, time spent in meditation. Bring on soreness, tiredness and achiness.
Bring all of it.