Aim vs. Goal
Posted March 1, 2010on:
Following Fellow Weight-Loss Bloggers:
I’ve been finding great inspiration reading the blogs of other women in my situation (working hard to lose a large amount of weight) and the blogs of women who have been successful at losing large amounts of weight (my heroes). Some of these women are extraordinary writers who are incredibly talented at expressing their thoughts and insights (yes, they make me feel like a very shallow thinker!! *blush*). Although I have a list of weight loss blogs that I follow, over there on the right (point, point), I thought I’d start sharing some of the posts I’ve recently found that really made me think, laugh, and yes, feel like a shallow thinker (oh well)!!
Lyn has a touching, thought-provoking post, especially for those of you with pets, that will make you S*M*I*L*E and feel good about yourself: Inspiration H*E*R*E
Which leads us to my post title: Aim vs. Goal
Blue left a comment on Dawne’s Post (were Dawne is recapping her goals met and unmet for February) that really made me think. Here’s my paraphrase and additional thoughts to Blue’s idea (check the post on Dawne’s blog for Blue’s original comment):
“I don’t make monthly weight loss GOALS anymore. I prefer to have an AIM (definition: to determine a course or direct an effort). An AIM has flexibility. Where you can fail to achieve a monthly GOAL, as long as you are working/moving towards your monthly AIM you have succeeded. Consider a target. The GOAL is obviously the bullseye, but you start with AIMING at the target. If you are an “unexperienced marksman” (ie. struggling to lose weight) then hitting the target would be a thrill! If you make a bullseye in the process – outstanding – but seriously, even coming near the target (and/or hitting it) each month would be pretty satisfying, right? So why set ourselves up to fail by possibly not meeting our (seemingly reasonable) monthly weight loss GOALS?”
Interesting thought, huh?
I realize, of course, that in many situations having a GOAL is necessary (like having the goal to finish college…) but many of us struggling to lose weight – often over and over again through the years – really tend to beat ourselves up when we perceive to have failed (be it for a day, weekend, week, month, etc…). We often use this feeling of failure as an excuse to eat, binge, and indulge (even if we’re unaware that that’s why we’re eating, bingeing, and indulging until a while later!). The sense of failure is often the cause of our “falling off the wagon”.
So here are a few things I’m going to A*I*M for in March:
To meditate more. Since I haven’t been meditating at all lately – any meditating will be a success!!
To eat more veggies!! I only eat the sweet ones, lately. I need to add in more greens.
To start using my (dusty) AB DVD workout in addition to my yoga sessions.
To take the time to put make-up on more often. I’ve been doing yoga in the am, showering there, and just hanging out in my comfy clothes the rest of the day. That’s not exactly making the most of the 35+ lbs I’ve lost!
~ I’m Aiming for Amazing! How ’bout you? – Angie