OK, so obviously math ain't my thang...you'd never know that I have to use it everyday.
Here were the Hot 100 goals that I posted a while back:
1. 161 pounds by year end-59 more to go
2. No weeks with a weight gain
3. No days eating over 2000 calories during the holidays
So ~60 pounds in 3 months=20 pounds per month. So far the most I have lost in a month is 18 in my first month, ever since it has been 3 pounds per week. And eating about 1000 calories a day leaves little wiggle room to ramp up exercise without my body eating my muscle.
Um, can you say backpeddling??
So I may have reached a little TOO high when I wrote #1. However I have upheld #2 and #3 so far, but I guess Halloween will be the first big seasonal challenge of the big HOLIDAY SEASON.
This brings me to my question. When does a goal become less about reality and more about fantasy? Sure until a goal is actually reached, and I would argue that it must be held onto and maintained as well to qualify as 'reached', a goal is merely a fantasy. Like an oasis on the horizon, there may be water, but I'm not quite there yet to know for sure.
However I have struggled for many years in setting goals for myself. Early in my youth I started setting goals either extremely high or completely unreachable (such as, ehem...marrying Derek Jeter).
The problem is that some of these goals actually came to fruition, when they probably should not have. I should say that they came to fruition probably due to 70% luck and 30% hard work. This has propagated me setting high goals for my whole life so far...
But when setting a goal that will require 100% hard work by you and you alone, such as weight loss, is it better to set many dispersed mini goals that can be attained, in order to spawn more motivation to finish the journey?
Should we not just aim to be slightly under an 'overweight' BMI, but in the middle to lower end of the 'ideal' range?
Is setting more difficult goals setting ourselves up for failure, or are they necessary to avoid 'near goal' slips and complacency around the upper 'ideal' border with 'overweight'?
So how do you set your goals? Do you set many that are easily attainable and reaching them keeps you motivated along the way without dispair of a far reaching goal on the horizon? Or do you strive towards ONE? Or you dream big like me and set a monster G-O-A-L (weight in an impossible time frame)?
By nature of the word itself, goals are to be strived towards and made, but how far is too far which may make us forget why we started to begin with?
Where does an impossible dream begin and a goal end?