They say for your goals to be effective you need to write them down. You also have to say how you are going to do it and put it in a time frame. Immediate=within 1 month. Short term=within 3 months. Mid term= within 6 months. Long term=within 1 year. Dream=ultimate goal, no time limit. Also, give a reason why so you can look back and remind yourself when you begin to lose motivation. So lets write them down here, make them a sticky and see how people progress...
Immediate: get below 300lbs
Short term: below 275lbs (could wear nice clothes, but still was overweight)
Mid term: below 250lbs (saw old pictures and I looked OK still, but could tell I was overweight)
Long term: below 225lbs (back when I looked good enough to attract women)
Dream: 200lbs (I would like to start over and build more upperbody muscle)
My main motivation right now is I am going through a separation that is ultimately looking like it is heading for divorce. I realize I need to lose weight to begin to be attractive to women. Sure I will have a lot to offer in the way of being educated, smart, funny etc. But to initially attract a woman, I think looks matter a lot to most people. I am not saying I have to be perfect, but I definately need to work on my image and health.
In case things work out between my wife and I my secondary goals are to get healthy. I am going to be a chiropractor and the main selling point about me is that I am going to focus on health and wellness. I have always been concerned with health and what I put into my mouth, but I want my family to be healthy and I want to be an example to them and my patients.
I plan on accomplishing these goals by eating well, moving well and thinking well. By eating well I mean focusing on eating lots of fresh, raw fruits and veggies while also taking in plenty of lean protein and essential fatty acids. Moving well is going to include a daily commute to school of 7.5 miles one way and maybe taking a longer way home that will give me plenty of exercise. I also would like to ride socially and recreationally on the weekends to include, but not be limited to centuries, triathalons etc. As far as thinking well, to me that just means giving myself assurances and affirmations that I am attractive, I am losing weight and I am happy. If I end up divorced that will be a devastating blow, but not one I cant recover from and that will ultimately be an improvement on my life. I will get good grades in school and I will be a VERY successful chiropractor. And some lucky woman will get to enjoy that success along with a new and improved self.
My new tertiary goal is to be not only good enough shape to come back into the military, but to be an example of what health and fitness is to the troops like me who were overweight and struggling with their weight/careers.