That might sound like a strange way to react to accomplishing my goal, but let me explain.
I weighed in today at 167.4 lbs, close enough to my goal of losing 23 lbs. I started this effort to lose 23 lbs on December 1 2006 when I weighed 190 lbs. As far as I am concerned, 167.4 lbs is close enough – kind of like horsehoes and grenades. And remember that my plan was to lose 23 lbs by the end of December 2007. Obviously I exceeded that goal.
And that is the problem. I set the bar too low. My weight loss momentum has slowed down and now it is time to setup a new goal, one that should be challenging enough that I need to go beyond my comfort zone to obtain it. With that said, my new weight loss goal is to weigh 155 pounds, 12 pounds less than I currently weigh, by the end of December 2007.
I can tell from the last couple of months that this new goal is going to be a challenge. For the first four months of my first weight loss goal, I had no problem losing 4 pounds per month like clockwork. I just set a thirty day “lifestyle” change goal, and magic, I would lose 4 pounds. This April and May, my weight loss rate has decreased. I haven’t been losing 4 pounds per month like I was previously. I have still been setting 30 day goals, but the weight loss has not been as great. I still think the 30 day goals that have had the biggest impact on my weight loss are (1) not eating after dinner, and (2) drinking at least an additional 64 ounces of water a day (by the way, yesterday I drank almost an additional 100 ounces of water and that seems to becoming the new norm).
My thirty day goal for June 2007 is to do an intense workout similar to Tim Ferriss twice a week for 30 minutes per session. Nothing like a little weight lifting to get the metabolism fired up.