As I mentioned on the Facebook page earlier this week, I had a fabulous opportunity to meet with soon-to-be bandster, Sprinkles**, this past weekend.
Sprinkles had a lot of great questions and we even explored the grocery store aisles together, checking out all the band-friendly food choices. I was so proud to see her show up to our meetup with her lists and binders...gotta love another A-type personality bandster!
Sure, we talked about all the tools that are important to a successful weight loss journey with the band: food tracking/journaling, exercise, attending support group, vitamins, and of course MINDSET....80% mental game with the band in my opinion, damn it...sigh. Still waitin' on that surgery for our brains.
But I feel that the most important thing that we discussed was setting a long term goal that was measurable.
I chose very scale-oriented goals for myself when I was pre-op...'cuz that's how I roll. I've already admitted to my scale whore tendencies....just accept it.
My main long term goal was to lose 100 lbs, which I did achieve at 10+ months post-op. I also set incremental goals at each 10 lbs lost. Scroll all the way down to the bottom of this page to check out those goals.
By achieving those goals, I knew that I was successful.
I mentioned to Sprinkles that her goals didn't have to be scale oriented: Perhaps no longer requiring a certain type of medication for an obesity related comorbidity? Resolving a health issue (diabetes, etc). Being able to walk for 30 minutes without having to stop and rest? Fitting into a certain size of pants?
What goals have you set for yourself to know that you are successful?
Onwards to the link love. There are so many examples of success out there in the blogosphere...here are just a few that have reached major milestones today:
- Jacquie has reached her goal weight today. Congrats!
- Sarah is celebrating her 1 year bandiversary today!
- Melissa is having surgery today!
**Not her real name (duh)...I like food names...mmmkkaaayy?