Losing 100kg is my main goal, the main driving force behind this change. It’s not the only goal I have. I have put in place lots of mini-goals along the way. Why? Let’s think about a very long journey by foot, say you want to walk 300kms. That journey seems extremely long to do it one hit, you probably wouldn’t make it, you’d either burn out or die. You’d more than likely break that walk up into little sections, making it more manageable.
Losing 100kgs is the same for me. If I just had that one goal, and nothing else, I probably wouldn’t make it. The finish line is very far away. So I’ve set myself a goal tree, at the highest point of the tree I have the 100kgs, the absolute peak. Under that I have other goals in 4 main branches or sections. The first is fitness, I have set numerous goals related to what I will be able to do physically. For instance lifting weights, or cardio goals etc. Secondly, health goals, healthy hormone levels, blood pressure, sugar / glucose levels etc. Thirdly, size goals, what clothes I want to be able to fit into etc. Finally, small weight goals, losing 10kg, 20, 30, 40, losing my wife’s weight etc.
By doing this I can always see progress, I always have victories which boosts my motivation. Last night I accomplished a fitness goal. 2 months ago I started on the stair machine at the gym. My first attempt I could only do 90secs. I felt like I was going to die. I told my wife that I want to be able to 30mins on that machine one day. Week by week I got back on that machine and increased my time each session. Every time, I pushed closer to that 30min target. Last night, I felt like I could do it, a few days before I managed 21mins. I pushed it and pushed it. I hit the 30mins and I felt I could keep going. I pushed it out further to 40mins. Why? The next branch on that goal tree, hitting 60mins.