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Outcome vs. Performance

My declining scale is not giving me the satisfaction that it used to. While I am pleased to be losing weight. I get so much more satisfaction out of how much energy I have, how impressed I am with my dedication to remaining active and how much pride I feel when I look in my grocery cart and see how little processed foods are there. Then I started to really think about the workshop on Goal Setting that I teach to my students every month and how I have truly ignored some of the main points. I am failing to walk the talk...

One of the most important things I try to convey to my students is that we should make goals based on our performance, and not the outcome of that performance. You look to your goals to tell you whether or not you have been successful. Why would we put so much weight on something that we don’t truly control? If you do everything right, but for some reason the outcome wasn’t what you were expecting, shouldn’t you still be proud of yourself?

So with this reminder, I have created new goals. I still have my goal weight in mind, and will continue to strive for it, but I will allow myself to change my scale goals if I realize they are unrealistic and I will allow myself to be proud of myself based on my performance. Here are the performance goals that I am working towards now:

  1. Walk in the Weekend to End Women’s Cancer, a 2-day, 60 km (about 37 miles) adventure in September. I will post more about this soon.
  2. Begin educating myself on nutrition consulting and fitness training. By the end of the year I should have completed either Nutrition and Wellness Specialist or Group Fitness Instructor Certification.
  3. Continue working out five days a week and changing my workouts every 6 weeks.

Are you allowing yourself to be proud of your performance even when the outcome isn’t what you were expecting? Make some performance goals today!

Happy Healthy Living!

B

Start Weight- 270 lbs

Current Weight- 213 lbs

Goal Weight- 145 lbs target, 200 lbs by April 1st

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