Go & Get a Goal

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about goals. Not just coming up with new ones, but what TYPE of goals I want to set for myself. It’s funny I tell people I meet all the time that the REAL challenge in my weight loss journey began the day I stepped off The Biggest Loser Ranch. Most of you know that Hannah & I are approaching our 1 year anniversary of keeping the weight off in May!! YAY!!! This year has been amazing in so many ways, and I will say I am so proud of how hard we both have worked. Now that you are all getting to know me so well you won’t be surprised to know that I am always searching be better & learn more. Although, I did so many things right last year there are areas I want to be better at. One area in particular is my relationship with the scale. I know it’s the nature by which I lost the weight, but I don’t want to be a slave to a number. I know I will fight the same five to ten pounds my whole life…it’s part of it. I know my body and because of how I abused it in the past it will always want to put the weight back on…BUT…the joy is found in the fight, in the struggle. I will always use the scale as a tool of accountability, but now that I have maintained for a year it’s time to move on to new NON scale related goals.

I’m sure most of you know the Season 13 Finale of the Biggest Loser is coming up in a few weeks. Hannah & I will both be going, so you know what that means….it’s time to dress up & get fancy!! I recently found an amazing one piece pants jumper thing by Rachel Roy at Macy’s. Wow, my description of that outfit is hilarious & a little scary!  Trust me it’s really pretty! Anyway, the best part of the outfit is its basically backless. That’s right my back will be showing. So, here is my new goal! I want to be strong & toned. I want to have a strong & sexy back! It will take longer than a month of course, but I’m using the finale to jumpstart my journey. I have already been doing Crossfit for about 6 weeks now & I’m seeing great results. Crossfit makes me feel strong & powerful…I love it! Also, let’s not forget that the Sports Bra Challenge is May 17th…my abs could use some attention too…Right??

Here is my challenge to you…no matter where you are on your weight loss journey. Set a non scale related goal for this month. It can be anything fitness related. Maybe you want to run a 5K. Maybe you want to try a new group fitness class. Maybe you want to try Crossfit (hint, hint). Maybe you too want a strong back too. Whatever it is just go for it. Don’t get me wrong I’m not telling you to abandon your scale…please don’t do that! Think of it as channeling your attention and energy into something else.

Well….ARE YOU WITH ME??? Let me know in the comments what your goal is going to be! I love challenges like this. It gives us hope & something to work towards.

Big Love to You All!!
Olivia
xxxooo

41 thoughts on “Go & Get a Goal”

  1. I want to keep up with my running mileage while keeping my sanity this month. I’m working on finishing up my PhD in Chemistry and things are getting crazy and it seems like there aren’t enough hours in the day for everything! I know I will feel better if I get my workouts in. I just have to keep telling myself this and trudging along!
    Thanks for your fitspiration!!

  2. The idea of a non-scale related goal is amazing. I know that I, too, have lived my life defined by a number that I hated. My goal is to do some kind of exercise every day in April. I’m not going to confine myself to only one exercise, because I know I’ll be traveling twice this month, so I’ll have to be flexible and find ways to make it happen. Thanks for the reminder that a goal doesn’t need to revolve around a number! Backless, huh? I’ve got a long way before that would happen for me. Good for you!

  3. I actually have two goals for this month! One is to run a 7k, which is coming up this Saturday. And another is to get my mile time down to 15 minutes. That’s still much more than I want to be eventually but I think it’s a good goal by the end of the month. Thanks for the reminder that it’s not always about what’s on the scale!

  4. My goal is to track my calories using My Fitness Pal–if I can’t search for it or scan it, I won’t eat it! I have the exercise thing down as a non negotiable habit–but I will always be fighting my temptations to eat right, use correct portions and stay accountable!!!

  5. I’m so with you! I want to be able to do an entire Bob Harper ‘My Workout’ without stopping. Which will in turn, lead me to being a full on warrior woman. 🙂

  6. Hannah and Olivia,

    I started having surgeries on my left knee when I was 14, after nine surgeries, and other various types of treatment, I’ve found it hard over the years to stay strong and fit. It was hard not only because my knee is very weak and arthritic, but because I felt like every time I really started to work at my health and fitness, I’d have another surgery or treatment, and I’d be back at square one.

    Finally, last year, watching the two of you conquer your fears on the biggest loser and regain your lives back, I was inspired to do the same. I started with a trainer, and aqua size classes, walking, and a trainer who was willing to accommodate to my unique knee problems. To date, I’ve lost 40 lbs, and am a healthier, fitter, happier self that I was a year ago. However, despite the fact that I’m not looking to loose more weight, not weighing myself on a very regular basis causes me more than slight panic. I hadn’t considered the idea of working to achieve a non scale related goal, and I LOVE IT!

  7. Gosh, after reading this post I guess my goal should be to not weigh myself every day! hehe My primary goal this month is training for my first race at the end of the month, which is a duathlon. My other goal is toning. Now that I’ve stayed within a few pounds of my target weight for several months now, I’m more focused on toning my muscles so i look good for bathing suit season…and because I want to actually start getting into swimming so I can take on a triathlon one of these days. Any progress on a myfitspiration triathlon, ladies? 😉

  8. My goal is to stop putting myself down and concentrating on what I can do instead of can’t do. My goal is to run a mile without walking. I’m tired of doubting myself!

  9. My friends and I set a non-scale related goal about a month ago to run a half together in Boston at the end of May! It’s my first one, and i’m on week 5 of a 12 week training program – doing ok so far. Can’t wait to cross that finish line! Thanks for your continued Fitspiration! 🙂

  10. I like this idea very much because sometimes the scale feels out of my control. I never know what it will do. But other goals I feel like I can make everyday choices to accomplish or not to accomplish so I like that better! My goal is to log my food consistently. Consistency is the big point right now because I seem to do well one day and then not the next. This pattern replays over and over again and I believe consistent logging will make a difference for me on this journey!

  11. Recently, I have been exercising about 3 days a week… 2 days of boot camp and 1 day of running. So, my goal this month is to add another day of doing something else. I am looking around town trying to find an affordable cardio kickboxing class. I took one about a month ago and LOVED it! I never knew that kicking and punching could feel so good! lol

    P.S. Wishing you the best on your first half marathon! Woohoo!

  12. My goal for the past 3 months has been to have good numbers at the Dr’s office when I get retested. I go back in June…I think it will be good. I eat my fruits and veggies. I get my whole grains….but I admit…I am far to often a hostage to the bad things too. I’ve really been fighting that the past few months and my energy levels are so much better. I have a good feeling =D

  13. I had a short-term goal this week. In Costa Rica the Easter week is a big holiday and we get the whole week off, which sounds nice, but considering that my gym is across the street from my school, my goal was to get up and get my bootie to the gym the three days it would be open (even if I wasn’t at school). I DID IT! I did my full workout in the three days and have a plan to do a 5k walk DVD the rest of the week. My other challenge is to stay on my eating plan….I’m doing ok with that too. Thanks for being such an inspiration – love ya girls!

  14. Major goals for 2012:
    1. GRADUATE NURSING SCHOOL in August!!!
    2. Run the half marathon in September
    3. Shed this nursing school weight ASAP! 15 pounds in 8 months is unacceptable!!

    Running my first 7K this weekend with my friend, we’ll see how it goes! I’m a nervous nelly! I have not been preparing myself for this yet due to school taking over my life… it’s a spur of the moment thing!

  15. I’m all about non-scale goals because quite often the number on the scale each week isn’t indicative of how hard I’ve worked. My non-scale goal this month is to work on my speed with running. Speed work scares me but I know I can do it!

  16. I started the year with four non-scale goals:

    1. to be enthusiastic about life (not unlike Leslie Knope),
    2. to be on time (because I’m chronically late and — true story — I was absolutely convicted when Amy Grant quoted Dr. Phil at a concert, saying “when you’re late, you’re saying that your time is more valuable than anybody else’s and that’s just not true”),
    3. to be generous (with my time, with my money, etc.), and
    4. to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro.

    I’ve thought about the being-on-time and I’m not totally failing … especially since I just started a new job, so being on time is a necessity … and plans for mountain climbing are slowly building. But it’s good to be reminded about the enthusiasm and the generosity: I’ve been too lazy for both lately.

    (And honestly, I would probably benefit from a scale goal at this particular moment in my life.)

  17. My nonscale goal is to jog a 5k on Mother’s Day. I walk this 5k every year, but since January I have lost 31lbs and while continuing on that journey, I want to jog it. I have been doing walk/jog intervals at the track 5-6days a week.

    My other nonscale goal is to get better at logging my food. Jessica and Ramon have shared some awesome info from the ranch with me, on the right types of food to eat, and I was writing everything down, but have been slacking off. So, it’s back to writing everything down, every day, no excuses.

  18. For the past two months I’ve been working out at a small group training gym, Get In Shape for Women. I LOVE it. I feel much stronger, have been seeing some great results and finally have been able to finish all the ab exercises without dying! I have dropped a ton in body fat percentage but my weight isn’t going down as fast as I’d like. So my non-scale goal for the month is to write down what I eat, and ALL of it…even if its bad….FOR REAL this time. Good luck ladies!

  19. Seriously, it’s like you guys can see into my brain sometimes! Truth be told, I’ve gotten so frustrated by the slow, SLOOOW going on the scale recently that I’m beginning to lose sight of the fire that I had for the first 55 pounds of my weight loss journey. So I tried switching up my cardio, but I’ve been battling some injuries. Maybe someone upstairs is telling me to take a second look at my nutrition, rather than my workouts? 😛 I think so. There’s a goal!

  20. My goal is to consume my dishes without any added butter for the rest of this month.

    In a ricemaker, a good taste alternative for salted butter is tomato, but tomatoes are expensive and I have to time their addition carefully so that the ricecooker neither undercooks nor overcooks them.

  21. My non-scale goal this month is to make it through my marathon training and keep my eating under control even with stressful life events coming up.
    I love your blogs, and I am so glad you’re posting more often!! Can’t wait to see the outfits for Finale!

  22. I’m in my 4th week (out of 8) of boot camp & I’ve been slacking off like nobody’s business. I’m probably the mentally weakest person there. My goal is to actually DO what I know is good for me – to follow the meal plan & do the workouts. I’d also like to start the C25K running program with my husband.

  23. My non-scale goal is to not stress about weightloss. I tend to get a bit crazy with every calorie and I think that stress is working against me. I also want to blog more and really look within and examine why I do what I do. Hannah and Olivia, you are so inspiring. My two sisters, mom and I love you and are all working towards our goal weights.

  24. Wow, this is such great timing- over the past 13 months I have lost 106 lbs and I am down to losing my last 10-12 (I’m currently 8 lbs over my healthy bmi). I’m 5’5 and 158 lbs, but I’ve always had a pretty large frame. I am really proud of how far I have come- I’m a runner now instead of a couch potato:), but it is so hard not to get obsessed with the scale when you have such little left to lose and you just want to get there. I struggle with knowing what number to aim for- obviously I want to get under my bmi- but other than that I am fine with how I look- but I do not want to sell myself short either. How did you figure out what your body’s ideal 5lb weight range is?

    I think my goal for April and May will be to (1) finish the flying pig half-marathon (2) be patient with myself as I focus on this last stretch- keep on keeping on:) (3) try to focus on all that I’ve accomplished rather than just what I have left and (4) try not to panic that as soon as I get off maintenance mode I will gain it all back:)

  25. My goal is to run a half marathon this summer! I’m about a month into training and so far it is going well. I’m an ex-couch potatoe that has gone from only knowing vegging on the couch and channel surfing to running 10 miles a week (at this point in my training) in less than a year! I am SO proud of myself 🙂 Which brings up my next goal, and that is to give myself credit when it is due and be sure my mind is always talking positive about myself. I’m not at the end of my weight loss journey yet, and I have a ways to go, but goals like that make the journey SO much better. I’m actually thoroughly enjoying myself! 🙂

  26. I’m about to tackle a big goal next Saturday. My first 1/2 marathon! About 2 yrs ago, I would have laughed at you if you asked me if I was a runner. Today, I can say YES and I really enjoy it!

  27. My nonscale goal is to do a half marathon in under 3 hours. I will be doing one on Sunday, April 15th. I am scared to death but I said “why not?”. I need all the prayers I can get:)

  28. Funny you bring up the idea of a non-scale related goal, because that’s exactly something I’m working on right now. I was going to do another 5K run this year, but my husband challenged me to run the 10K instead. My original plan was to only run 5K’s until I reached my goal weight.

    Well, at 175 (and 35 lbs from my goal still) I was scared to try and double the running distance. I’ve been running on and off for 2 years now, starting at a 16:00 mile. My main reason for not challenging myself was also because in the past I’ve had a hard time sticking to my calorie budget when I exercise intently.

    That has changed. I am in the middle of training for the 10K and am still losing weight. Race day is May19th and as of today my longest run is 5 miles, and I know I’ll reach that goal. The scale is also moving down along the way. Glory!

    Looking forward to seeing you and Hannah at the finale. 🙂

  29. I guess I have a really good one!!! Since I was borne I suffer with asthma, so I never could run, not even when I was a pro athlete. Nowadays I’m one a new treatment that allows me to run, but I’m just so afraid that I panic on the second step… It’s time to overcome this fear and just run!!!! How about a 5 km this year?
    Love you!

  30. This is perfect for me right now. I’m early in a pregnancy with my second child but I’m noticing I ate much better the first time around. My non-scale goal (since really, I shouldn’t be AS worried about the scale right now as just being healthy) is to up my daily fruit and vegetable servings.

  31. Olivia! Crossfit has changed my life! I liked you before, but you’re even cooler in my book now that you’re a Crossfitter! Hit those pullups and you’ll be there in no time! <3

  32. By a moth from today (I know it’s almost a month since this post, but it doesn’t matter) I want to finish a 5K. You girls are such an inspiration to me, and many people I know. Can’t wait to see you at the finale 🙂

    Love from Norway <3

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