As I was syncing my Vivofit today for the first time in nearly three weeks (oops), I saw in my monthly stats that I did 154.2 miles in May. 154.2 miles! That’s more than I drove last month! (To be fair, I hardly drive, like, ever. But still.) I’ve been trying to think of more short-term goals I can set so I don’t get overwhelmed with the total number of pounds I have to lose, and now I have one. I want to do 200 miles in June. I know that’s upping it by a lot, but I think it will give me the extra reason to go to the gym on the days when I feel super lazy. There are also the days that are even worse than that, when I make it all the way to the gym, get rigged up in my work-out gear, and then only do weights before peacing out. I can DEFINITELY hit 200 miles this month if I actually stick to my gym plans. Then, in the months to come, I’ll add 2 miles to my monthly goal for every pound I lost the previous month. So, if I lose 12 pounds in June (that’d be great!), I’ll have to go 224 miles in July. It’ll be a good way to simultaneously keep myself accountable and committed while stepping up the effort as the pounds become harder to shed. Now, I’ll just have to stick to it!
The non-scale milestones have also been hard to figure out. There are so many things I haven’t been able to do because of my size that would make great milestones to celebrate being able to suddenly do as I shrink. The trouble is, some of them were very emotionally painful to be confronted with, and I’m certain I’ve forgotten many of those. Off the top of my head, I can think of:
- Not fitting into a roller coaster at a theme park 2 years ago, and having to wait around for my friend to go through the line and ride it by herself — sucked for both of us
- Being too heavy to sit on my own furniture: the dining chairs and patio seating I own have weight limits that I have exceeded since before I purchased them (I’m almost past this one!)
- Taking up more than my half of the bench on the commuter train (I’m almost past this one!)
- Not being able to cross my legs
Not being able to find a sports bra that fit so I could even work out (thankfully, I’m now in the sports-bra-findable range)
- Squeezing very uncomfortably into airplane seats, only to find that my legs spilled onto the passenger next to me underneath the dividing arm rest and the seat belt could barely stretch enough to contain me (I’ll be on a plane in 2 days — we’ll see how things have changed since my last flight before I started losing)
Not being able to grab my foot from behind when my leg was bent at the knee in order to stretch out my thighs Struggling to walk at a 3.0 mph pace Getting winded after one flight of stairs Snoring and consequently not sleeping well
- Having prediabetic sugar levels at my March doctor’s visit (which propelled me hardcore into making the changes I needed) (I have a follow-up in July, and I have reason to feel optimistic about changes!)
- Not seeing my feet over my belly when I look down
- The towel doesn’t close around me when I get out of the shower
Being too heavy to stand on the step stool
I’d like to keep a running list of these that I can check off as I periodically discover there are new things I can do, or things I used to have to do because of my size that I no longer need to. It’ll probably be annoying, but I’m likely to post them here to keep me accountable to more than just myself. I’ll probably also add to it as time goes on and I remember more things that should be included. For now, it was fun going back up and crossing off the ones that I’ve already hit! 🙂
The last thing I need is a companion list of rewards. So far, my rewards have really only been haphazard, like when I feel really good and know I’ve had a good week — down 5.4 pounds, HELL yeah! — and treat myself to a foot massage. I think systemizing it more for myself will take me further in terms of motivation, inspiration, etc. So, that’ll be my homework for this week.
The reason I’m posting this long-winded thing here is to see if any of you lovely DBers have any feedback, positive or negative, on this whole approach. What has worked for you? What hasn’t? What tips, advice, warnings, etc. might you have for me? I am doing everything I can to think ahead and protect my investment here — I know myself, and I know when I start getting bored or frustrated with this, I will start to slip… unless I trick myself now. So, please, don’t hold back. Help needed! Thanks in advance!
I LOVE scratching things off of a list (so much that I’ll put super-banal things like “get dressed” and “wipe crumbs off kitchen table after lunch” on my to-do list just so I can have the pleasure of crossing them off), but I can’t even imagine how exciting it must be to cross each of these incredibly important milestones off of your list one by one!! I’m in awe of you…really! 🙂
Maybe some of your rewards could be fitness related – like a cute new gym bag or some pretty exercise tops that will make you feel happy every time you work out? That way, you’ll feel compensated for your efforts but in a way that set you up for continued progress.
I actually have a Word document with even more of these, and a companion document of rewards (though I’ve kind of been treating myself whenever I please). Next: new gym shoes. The old ones died in the monsoon I got caught in last night.