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What if Weight Didn't Exist?

Thursday, December 15, 2016

SparkCoach suggested an blog topic -- if the scales and weight didn't exist, how would you measure success? This was really interesting to me, as I am looking at setting my goals for 2017. Weight loss was NOT a success for me last year, but in many other ways I was very successful (I can hike longer; I can climb steep hills; I can ski better; I tried new exercise classes and enjoyed them; I look better. My weight loss for the last half of 2016 was derailed by thyroid level problems that should be finally resolved)

So here are MY non-scale measurements for success in 2017. AND I am including my planned rewards for reaching those goals! For my biggest rewards, I am looking forward to a visit to a very nice active adventure spa in St George, Utah (or another location to be determined). I'd like to go with a friend or with my sisters, so I'll be flexible about location and dates.


Drop 2 clothing sizes. For each size dropped, I will purchase new jeans that fit, and an exercise outfit, including sports bra and swim suit.

Drop my cholesterol total levels by at least 20 points. (Each drop of 10 points will be worth a half day at the spa). Measurement dates: June 2017 and December 2017

Drop my triglycerides level into normal levels. Each drop of 10 points will be worth a half day at the spa. Measurement dates: June 2017 and December 2017

Drop my blood sugar level into normal range. Full day at the spa for achieving this goal. Measurement dates: June 2017 and December 2017

Improve my hiking speed. (half day at the spa for being able to keep up with friends Jeanni and Hanne; full day at the spa for being able to keep up with my speedy sisters)

Improve my ability to climb uphill. (half day at the spa for being able to climb at least 2,500 feet; full day at the spa for climbing over 3,000 feet)

Wow this was fun to do! And I am far more excited about this goal than my goal last year (which was strictly weight related)

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    What if weight didn't exist . . . I'd have over-arching healthy goals such as good energy levels, healthy BMI, etc.

    I love your health goals & goal of dropping 2 clothing sizes!
    1411 days ago
    I love your goals and rewards, Alison. They're very well thought out, and appropriate because they all relate to activities that you already do.

    1412 days ago
    - it shows. My lumps and bumps are less lumpy, I feel less bloated, and I won't be back to my home scale til after Christmas. I feel way better than five days ago...& it shows. My goal is 10 pounds down by Mid February.
    1413 days ago
    I am away from my home scale and used a pharmacy one three times this month. They were wildly different, so I am living the notion. I sensed I'd gained and the mirror confirmed it. I upped my activity, downed my calories and have been consistent. It
    1413 days ago
    Your blog really got me thinking about those non weight oriented goals. I think you have some great ones especially the reward of a trip to the spa. Right on!
    1413 days ago
    This sounds wonderful Alison. I think that we do get stuck on Weight only when we should be looking at other healthy accomplishments.

    1413 days ago
    i love your goals! they are similar to mine, i just have never written them down. i need to do some thinking here!
    1413 days ago
    Sounds great! Good luck to your new year and new you.
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