But for simplicity, let's refer to them as goals.
My main goal is (in present, positive tense):
~I am effortlessly maintaining my weight sub 60.0kg and my body fat between 7kg and 8kg~
With a goal that is connected to physical appearance it is easy to slip into 'at any cost' thinking. If fat loss was my only goal, then I could easily achieve it through fair means or foul. In my dim dark past (2005) I have done just this. I have stayed under 60kg by eating 1,000 calories a day and doing cardio morning and afternoon. I was in living hell.
It would be like having a goal of making a million dollars, and then robbing a bank. Achieving your goal 'at any cost' is not going to bring happiness or a sense of achievement.
So my goal has the words 'effortlessly maintaining' included to deter me from the chicken breast and broccoli strategy. At the same time, I also need to think about the reasons why this is important - or what will be the result of being successful in this pursuit.
But my project for 2009 includes more than one goal, I have checkpoints or sub goals along the way. I am working on
* competing in a figure competition at some point in 2009
* always keeping my calories under 2,500, treating food with restraint and my body with respect (the positive version of no bingeing!)
* living passionately and having enough energy to train
* re-gaining weight post comp in the same way I lost it - through controlled eating and training
Now I have a complete strategy that ensures that I achieve my main goal by my chosen route.
All I need to add in is how I am going to do it and who is going to help me. I have made a goal map that lays it out visually. (click on the image for a larger version)
What are your goals for this year, and has your slower than expected progress led you to thinking about getting there at any cost?