As someone that is always preaching about taking a balanced approach, I was reminded recently how easy it is to lose sight of that balance. I have been working towards an arbitrary goal weight of 165lbs, it was a number that I just had decided on based on my lowest weight which would have made me hit a new weight loss goal of total loss of 213lbs with 210lbs (168lbs) being my lowest to-date. However, I have been hovering around 170lbs to 174lbs the past several months and had been finding it hard to reach that new goal that I had set. Due to diet fatigue it was actually having an adverse effect on me which was creating frustration and a sense of failure. Really the only thing that was making me want that goal was to have a “goal” to reach for but when I was in a coaching session recently, I was asked why I wanted to reach that goal. I didn’t have an answer, in fact, I had been really happy with my body for some time so when I slowed down enough to really reflect on this question it made realize that I was working towards a goal that I didn’t really want or care about. This was an unbalanced approach to goal setting because over my weight loss journey I had become motivated by goals, but maybe it’s just time to settle in and adjust to life without having to reach a goal all the time or at least goals around body weight.
I am thankful that I have opportunities to be coached, which provides an opportunity to reflect on the “why” we are doing things. I am now on maintenance, enjoying life and finding a balance between some fun and discipline to maintain the hard work I have done. What opportunities have you created for yourself to reflect on goals? Do you have a coach, use meditation, or journal? I believe that self-reflection is the key to maintaining a balance approach with ALL things.