9-Month Goals & Big Rewards

My goal is to lose 100 pounds in 9 months. It sounds crazy to me but I believe at my current weight, it is attainable with hard work and accountability. I’ve been watching a lot of shows about weight loss and exercise lately and realized that if a 500-pound person can lose 300 pounds in a year, I can lose 100 in 9 months. I don’t think it will be easy. It’s going to be the hardest thing I’ve ever done to lose the weight and keep it off. I’m on maternity leave until the end of February next year so I need to use this time to not only take care of my baby, but take proper care of myself. Once I go back to work, I will be ten times busier than I am now since I’ll be working full time and I’ll still have a baby to care for. 

The breakdown for loss is this:

  • 3 months: 45 pounds 
  • 6 months: 35 pounds (80 pounds total) 
  • 9 months: 20 pounds (100 pounds total)

When I look at it that way, it is definitely attainable. Once I’m between 6-9 months, I’ll only be aiming to lose roughly 7 pounds per month and I’ll be in onederland so I know that will make it a little tougher as I get closer to my healthy weight. Once I hit the 100 pound loss, I will review how my body looks and feels and how I feel and if I love where I’m at, I will start my maintenance phase which will last until I’m about 80 and then fuck it. I’ll eat cupcakes to my hearts content. 🙂 Alas, I’ll probably only want bran muffins and orange juice at that point. No offence, grandmas, I see you all cute at McDonald’s when I’m getting anything but a muffin and oj.

Anyhoo, I have rewards linked to each of my goals. And I don’t get them if I don’t hit the goal by the time I’ve specified. I don’t know about you, but I need motivation to keep going when I’m pmsing. I crave all sorts of crap when my cycle starts up again. The other two weeks I have nothing but excitement and positivity and then it’s like a switch flips. No fun. Also, if there’s the threat of NOT getting the reward, I will push myself to get there. I hope. 

Rewards are: 

  • 3 months: Full Spa Day (facial, body wrap, and chakra massage) 
  • 6 months: Professional Teeth Whitening 
  • 9 months: Weekend away and tattoo to commemorate all of the hard work 

Does anyone else use big rewards to stay on track? I love to hear other people’s ideas and see what works for them!