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11/13/11 10:40 A

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I have one long range goal with a series of mid and short term goals with rewards attached to them. Mostly little luxuries like a pedicure. (5%, 10%, 20% etc) I have a ways to go for my first big reward (getting back to my pre-pregnancy weight (I have to lose about 36 lbs more) to earn my Coach purse.

Once I get there, I will set another midrange goal and then a final goal reward.

I've been trying to lose those pregnancy lbs for 4 years, and I will sometime :)

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11/10/11 10:12 P

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I had a plethora of specific mini-goals to meet every 2-3 weeks, with my eye on the long-term vague goals. They were goals such as every 5 pound marker, every 1/4 marker to my final goal on the ticker and most importantly, being no longer obese, halfway to no longer overweight, no longer overweight, halfway to my final goal after hitting no longer overweight, etc. Each week after my weigh-in I would breakdown all of these mini-goals on a sticky note to attach to my computer. Having the numbers there in black and white gave me the drive to continue onward to the next goal.

Sample mini-goal note:
CURRENT
X lbs
X BMI

1.2 lbs to go X lost--3/4 to goal
4.7 lbs to 15 lbs left to lose
9.7 lbs to 10 lbs left to lose
14.7 lbs to no longer Overweight
19.7 lbs to goal

2.48 lbs lost per week in 22 weeks

GOAL
X lbs
X BMI

My long-term goal ended up changing 6 or 7 times as I dropped beyond my expectations so ultimately they didn't motivate me nearly as much as seeing the mini-goals met every 2-3 weeks did.



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11/8/11 7:33 A

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It might just be my internet connection, the laptop, or heaven forbid, ME, but I find that if I don't wait for the little tracker window to fully load before I choose my exercise and then again before I enter my minutes, it doesn't load. I have a bad habit of doing things before a page fully loads. Might be what's happening to you too.

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11/8/11 12:54 A

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Hadn't looked at those goal setting articles before. Partly because I hadn't managed to find them; the site's chock full of info, but not all of it is easily accessible, a bit of info overload.

But I'll definitely check those out, thanks for the tip!

Appreciate your feedback, too, Jet. I'm trying to wrestle with the fitness tracker, but I could almost swear that I'd entered minutes on various aspects of that (I was at the gym for ~90 minutes yesterday) that aren't reflected in the bottom line numbers. Need to figure that out before I just ignore it out of annoyance. :)


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11/6/11 9:47 P

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I generally have one or two long range goals and then set shorter range goals that support the accomplishment of the long term goals...(wow that was a mouth full!)

For me, I need the short term goals to show myself that I am making progress. I am not sure if this is of any help... You may want to read some of the goal setting articles here on SP. I have found them useful....



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11/6/11 4:58 P

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This isn't so helpful, but I think you have to decide what works best for you. When I started I put my long term goal down. I've been halfway to that goal for about two years or so now. Last January I thought it might motivate me to update my ticker to show that I am starting now, instead of twenty pounds ago. It felt more honest, since I haven't actually lost more than a pound or two in the past two years. So far the siren call of ice cream has been more powerful than the adjusted ticker.
Maybe leave it where it is now, and see if it feels best for you to change your goals in increments, or go for the whole shebang at once.
The tool I do find motivating is the fitness tracker.
Good luck figuring out what works best for you!

Jeanette
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11/6/11 4:05 P

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Moot, because I pretty much already know the answer, which will be "whatever works".

Question here is: is it better to set intermediate goals, and aim for the smaller, bite sized pieces, or take aim and the end zone right from the start? If I've managed to click the right set of buttons, there will be a ticker associated with this post, showing a goal of a 10 lb reduction, which certainly isn't a final destination. But it feels like something that's doable, especially with the initial three month window I gave myself. (Of course, that window expires on December 20th, at which point I suspect I might give back most of my gains...er...losses).

I mentioned in the November thread that I obtained the wii fit, and in that, I've set a longer term goal, that of dropping 25 lbs over the course of a year. Given the 5-6 lbs dropped in 6 or so weeks, that seems doable at the moment, but I'd rather not put that longer term goal in front of me on a site like this (which, frankly, I'm more likely to visit on a daily(ish) basis).

What I'm looking for here is feedback on strategies for setting goals, and any tips on how to get this site to be able to display multiple levels of goals. Appreciate any thoughts.


-Partha

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If it is to be, it is up to me.

There is no stronger drug than reality.

Have fun storming the castle!

Blog posts bit.ly/W1KAXC


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