Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Beginning with the End of Today in Mind

There's a lot to be said for beginning with the end in mind in any goal we set. For example, years ago I set the goal to run a marathon. The day I set the goal, I had just three months to go from being a relatively flat-land 5k/10k runner to running 26.2 miles in the Rocky Mountains. I found the perfect training schedule and went for it. Along the way, I thought a lot about what it would be like to complete the race. Envisioning the accomplishment gave me a lot of drive and made the tougher running days more doable.

I've tried to do that same thing with eating healthier and especially losing weight - envisioning what I will look like/feel like at the finish line of losing all the extra weight. And while there is some benefit to such an exercise, I find if I focus too much on achieving that ultimate goal of losing all the extra weight, I tend to become incredibly impatient, anxious, and overwhelmed. And pretty soon I feel like giving up because it all seems so impossible, and next thing you know, I have a slip-up in my eating and another and another until I am no longer even trying.

So, here is what I've decided: If I am going to eat healthy on a long-term basis and lose that extra weight, I must take it one day at a time. Instead of focusing on how I will look/feel months from now as a driving force for my actions today, I am going to focus on where I want to be at the end of today. That is a manageable chunk of time.

So at the end of today, I want to feel good about how I've eaten and good because I have eaten well - less bloated, less fatigued and more energetic. If I navigate day by day, focusing on today rather than anticipating all the days to come, the days will add up, and I will have success.

So this morning, I begin with the end of today in mind. I hope you'll join me. Stay tuned. I'll report back tonight.
Few things make me feel as good as a protein drink after running or lifting weights. Recipe: In a blender, blend 8 to 10 oz of milk or non-dairy drink and one sliced banana until smooth. Then add 1 scoop of protein powder and a sprinkle of nutmeg and blend for 10 seconds or so. Drink and Enjoy!


  1. Every path to achieving a goal has a slip up now and then. The slip ups should never weigh more in our mind then the goal itself. Making small manageable chunks is awesome. Time for me to get on the bandwagon and make some changes.
    -Rebecca Adling

  2. Thanks Rebecca for your encouragement. And I especially agree with the thought that slip ups should never weigh more in our mind than the goal itself. Jump on the bandwagon with me and we can stay on together. Seriously. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.