I have spent the last few days trying to come up with a good topic to blog about and I have decided that goal setting is the one I want to talk about today. It is important that when you are working on changing your lifestyle, trying to be healthier and even losing weight, that you set goals. They need to be realistic and attainable. For me, I have a few important goals that I have set.
My first, and most important goal that I set was quitting smoking. I have heard many people say “oh it is easy to quit smoking, just don’t buy any.” Great advice but most of those people do not smoke, therefore do not understand how hard it is to quit. It is a physical and mental addiction. The chemicals change the way your brain works, so your brain is constantly screaming “I NEED NICOTINE”. The first week of not smoking is pure, unadulterated hell. It is like having the flu but a thousand times worse. I am at day 14 except for 1 week ago I had 2 cigarettes. Why, I have no idea because I was doing okay without smoking. I will beat this addiction. It is a choice that I do not purchase cigarettes, it is my choice not to smoke, it is my choice to go through hell to get rid of this addiction.
My second goal is to get my weight down to 299. A lot of people would not be surprised to learn that I weight 320 lbs. It is one ugly number. I just gave up when I hit the 300 mark. I just didn’t care any longer. Only those that are obese like I am, were willing to spend time with me, be seen with me in public and even then it was at a buffet for lunch. I weighed 342 lbs at my absolute heaviest and now I am fighting back. I will get down to 299. That is my first weight loss goal and I want to accomplish it by September 1st, 2014.
My third goal, my second weight loss goal, is to get down to 250 lbs. This goal is important, or more important than the first weight loss goal. It is the goal that I will reach and purchase new clothing. Maybe a nice pair of jeans to show off my ass. A new dress and high heels. Anything to show that I have reached a goal that I did not think I would ever see again. This goal is to be met by December 31st 2014. Chances are that once I have the weight loss surgery this goal will be met way before then but it is a realistic enough goal that I know I can and will reach it.
My fourth goal, third weight loss goal, is to get down to 199 lbs. What a day that will be. I will celebrate with having a tea party with my closest friends, and only those close friends that have been my support system throughout this changes I am, will and have made. I look forward to this day. It will be a day no one will ever forget. Again, this goal I want to attain by my birthday, April 8th, 2015.
I have done this blog entry because it is important for people to know what my goals, by having them put on “paper”, I am being held accountable for everything I do to meet these goals. I am well on my way to reaching two of the goals. Quitting smoking, and my first weight loss goal. What a great moment in my life it will be when I reach each of these goals. I look forward to seeing people who have not seen me in a long time, actually see me and know that I have made changes and am doing everything in my power to make these changes permanent.