When I was actively losing weight (still trying, without much success), I always set small goals with a time line in mind. I never really cared if I reached the goal within the time I set, but it gave me something to work towards. At the end of the month, I'll be attending a Bachelor Party for one of my college roommates. We had 6 guys living in a small college house. It had four very small bedrooms and one even smaller bathroom that never got cleaned. Pretty disguising when I think back to it.
I have three weeks to prepare myself for this event. I have nothing planned between now and then so I'm thinking now would be a great "time" for a time related goal. I'm writing it down because if I don't I won't follow through.
*I will ride my elliptical at least 3 hours weekly. (My usual goal is 2 hrs.)
*I will get at least 10,000 steps 6 days a week. (My usual goal is 5 days.)
*I will stay within my points target 4 out of 7 days. (Have been tracking, but rarely focus on staying within my target and never worry about being above.)
*I really don't care what the scale says after the 3 weeks, but doing achieving the 3 above goals should result in some downward movement.
This will be for the first time that all of us are together since my wedding (see before picture at the bottom!). I have seen one of my roommates yearly and the last time was right after I reached my goal. I excited and nervous and worried and stressed about the event. I will make these next three regular weeks the best that I can in preparation for this day. I know I shouldn't stress out about one day, but being a stay at home Dad, nowadays I don't have much else to stress out about.