Warning! Loooooooonnnnnnnggggg post ahead.
What is a SMART goal, you ask? A SMART goal is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Tangible. (This is from Paul J. Meyer's Attitude is Everything, by the way. )
What you need to know about me for this post: I am a mostly healthy eater... I don't eat fried foods or fast foods. I drink water and green tea (soda/cola and coffee are rarities). Sweets are rationed out carefully. I'm not a carb freak (as in I don't over- or under-indulge)-- I like whole grains. Food is NOT my downfall.
So, some of you might have read somewhere that I gained 20 lbs (9 kg) in one year after being misdiagnosed with severe anxiety and depression. (Gee, I'm depressed? Wow. I didn't know that. I must be miserable then!). Actually, I wasn't any of that. I had huge polyps in my sinuses that caused chronic headaches and migraines, plus severe fatigue. After firing one doctor and meeting up with another who actually TALKED and LISTENED to me... we got that all straightened out. But, the weight damage had already started. I gained almost 10 lbs while on the antidepressants, and then another 10 lbs while on steroids to shrink the polyps. Gah! My weight had been pretty stable for the past 10 years, and I was in fairly good shape. Now... not so much.
In the last six months (since the sinus surgery), I have lost 10 lbs (4.5 kg). Most of that was from getting off the steroids. But these last 10 lbs are a real bummer to lose. I keep saying, "I need to lose weight. I'm going to lose weight. I'm going to exercise more." Nothing is wrong with that, except that there is no specificity, and it's not really measurable (since I didn't say how MUCH I was going to lose by WHEN). And that's why it's been so difficult.
So, dear blog chums, I'm posting it here and now. This is my new set of SMART goals:
1. I will lose five lbs. (2.25 kg) by December 31 (yes, even around the holidays).
2. At the very least, I will exercise twice a week for 30 minutes each session (I know that seems like a lame amount, but that's a bare minimum!).
3. I will have lost 10 lbs total by February 1.
For most people, losing 5 lbs can happen overnight. Or... they can gain 5 lbs and never even notice. I'm 5'3" and tiny. When I gain 5 lbs, my pants don't fit. Now pack 20 lbs on me... I had to go buy new clothes. Talk about depressing! Oh, wait. I'm not depressed. Strike that. haha
Guru used accountability in his blog... hopefully, this will work for me. Since my normal diet is pretty good, this shouldn't be too difficult, right?