I have come to realize that I need the visual stimulation that sticky notes provide in order to be truly productive.
I need the constant reminders of things "to do" in order to get stuff done. And let's be honest, it feels so good to cross each task off the list! Seeing the list dwindle to nothing provides more motivation than it probably should. But why not use that same motivational technique in the rest of my life? This is my virtual sticky note to keep me on track for my goals.
I believe it is important to set specific, realistic goals. Saying that I plan to look like the super fit lady to the left by the end of the month, not so realistic. Saying I plan to look like her by this time next year? Much more realistic. However, that goal still isn't specific. I think having a goal number would be better to measure progress.
As a side note, I want to say that it doesn't matter how much you weigh on a scale, it is about how you feel. If you really want to track your progress for getting a lean body, focus on body fat percentage rather than the number on a scale. Muscle weighs more than fat. You may be losing fat, but gaining weight by building muscle. Don't get too caught up on the scale and focus more on the percentage.
Right now, my weight is coming in at about 145 pounds. My last body fat percentage scaled me in at 24%. That means out of the 145 pounds of my body weight, 34.8 pounds of that is fat (Eww right?). If I were to loose 10 pounds of fat, my measurements would go to 135 pounds and 18.5% body fat, putting me right in the middle of the lean/athletic range I am shooting for. To reach my goal, I will need to loose about 2.5 pounds per month. It seems to me that the closer you get to your goal, the harder it is to loose. So I am going to try to loose 3 pounds during September, 3 pounds in October, 2 pounds in November, and 2 pounds in December. As I work out, I will likely be gaining muscle weight. Because of this, I will be focusing on my body fat percentage rather than going solely from the number on the scale. I am starting at 24% now, so I am going to try to be 22.5% by the end of September, 21% by the end of October, 19.5% by the end of November, and 18.5% by the end of December.
Every week, I will check in with my workouts, my meal plans, and my progress. 17 weeks later, I am going to have one rocking bod!