Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Summer Challenge- July Results & Goal Setting

So if you recall, I'm in the middle of a Summer Challenge with some blogging & twitter buddies.

Aptly named the "Summer Bipolar Smoked Chiquita Rabbit Trifecta" (by Mr. Funner)
Click the title for the posting of the challenge.

My results for the month of July were pretty good! -4.3lbs! I didn't quite make Mr. Funner's challenge weight loss of 8lbs, but hey, I'll take it! :) Most of my weight loss was accomplished in the last couple weeks of the month by SETTING GOALS! Not goals like "I'm going to lose XX lbs this month", but setting the ACTIONS that will get you where you want to go. Check out Mistress Laura's post on Goal Setting. While my own goal setting was much less structured, I still found it EXTREMELY useful. I will need to refine my goal setting skills, but for the moment, this seems to be working great! Planning out when and where to workout AS WELL as my meal plans was something that I was missing. Posting a week in advance INSTEAD of after, has helped me to stay accountable and keep re-updating the same post. BRILLIANT! :) Seems like something so fundamental, especially with all the reading that I do on fitness/ weight loss and nutrition... I guess I just needed to stop reading about it, and actually DO IT!!

August will prove to be a more challenging month with road trip to Montana for JP's wedding and then wedding part II in town with friends and relatives visiting. Planning will be much more difficult, but will need to be done if I'm going to continue in the right direction.

Have you set your goals for this week? month?

5 comments:

Fred said...

Hi Cath! Just a quick comment...congrats again on dropping the 4.3lbs last month! That's awesome number... (How about it's more than 400% of what I lost!)
Just wanted to say I appreciate you writing about goals and especially about ACTIONS! Gave me the quick kick in the @$$ that I think I needed...thanks for that!
Started writing out my upcoming workouts in my journal, ala The Chiquita Chronicles...think it'll help keep me focused...thanks!

Off on vacation for the next two weeks! Catch ya when I get back...
Take good care. Be strong, stay strong!

that70sgrl said...

Amigo! No need for thanks! We all just need to follow eachother's leads. I'm convinced that between our ever growing twitter/ blogging fam we are UNSTOPPABLE!! It's like having all the encouragement, ideas, knowledge and experience of the BEST in fitness. :) We'll keep pushing eachother and we'll get there!
Have a great time! :)

that70sgrl said...

PS- I have you to thanks in large part for that 4.3lb loss! For the kick in the pants! :)

arrowdynamicmom said...

Congrats on your weight loss, Cath! And thanks for the FF. (I can't post on Twitter at all) You and Fred and everybody are a constant source of inspiration for me. Thanks!!

PersistenceUnlimited said...

In order to achieve any goal, one must think positively. Then be realistic with your goals by writing down steps that you can do within a given time frame. Be dedicated and don't let distractions worn you down.

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