During this first week of the challenge I find myself wanting to talk about goals, but I’m unsure about how to go about it. This whole thing seems to be such a delicate situation for some people, and something as tiny as a number you come up with almost at random that you feel you can reach in a certain amount of time can have such a big impact on everything.
Do you know what I mean?
Most people’s every day life is a balancing act of epic proportions. Every little thing depends on, or directly effects something else. So setting a challenging goal for yourself might seem like a good way to keep yourself motivated in the beginning, but when it gets tough, and you hit some unexpected speed bumps, that little motivational number you chose could begin to feel like a big, fat, sweaty guy sitting on the back of your neck. His name is Carl and, guys, Carl just had the atomic chili for lunch.
What I’m saying is that trying to lose weight can be stressful enough, don’t add to it by piling on unnecessary pressure. Be honest with yourself. Do you tend to get overwhelmed easily and quit? Then maybe a series of smaller more easily attained goals are better for you. Setting smaller goals also means that you have reasons to celebrate sooner, and more frequently. It’s an opportunity to throw yourself a little party, buy yourself a present, or go hog wild and eat a cupcake.
Yes, I said cupcake… stop looking at me like that.
I guess the point for me is that even though this is a challenge (and I plan on crushing you all like the insects that you are), I don't want to see anyone fail.