When I first started my journey, I had a really hard time determining what I wanted my goal weight to be. If I got down to 123, I would have lost 100 pounds, which seemed pretty exciting! But the number 123 itself seemed a bit ridiculous...I wasn't sure that was what I really wanted, but that's what I decided to shoot for, tentatively. However, the further down I dropped, the more I started paying attention to BMI figures. It was then that I realized that my end goal really wasn't to be 123 pounds, but simply that I wanted my BMI to reflect how I've felt for most of my life: normal. I knew that I wanted to be well enough into the "normal" range that a little bit of fluctuation wouldn't bump me up into the "overweight" range again.When I finally settled on a number for my end goal weight, 135, I also set for myself my ultimate goal: 141.0. That is the exact point where my BMI officially drops from "overweight" to "normal".
Well guess what folks...today I weighed in at 141.0!!! What the WHAT?!
I am officially of a normal BMI for my height and age. Every pound after this is a bonus. Like extra lives achieved in a video game...I can manage with what I've got, but anything extra will certainly help;)
I want to take this time now to encourage those of you who might be starting your journeys, and are not believing they can succeed: you can do it! You really can! Just find what works for you, and dive in. Don't beat yourself up, and keep moving forward. One step at a time. For me, my biggest help has been setting little goals along the way. The excitement that comes with reaching those goals have been motivation enough to continue on. The end goal isn't what's most important. The most important thing is the process...and the progress! Focusing on the little things along the way is what is going to get you to that end goal.