What are my goals for losing weight? I would like to optimally lose 30 lbs., but my goal isn’t to be skinny, I want to be healthy and strong. Muscle weighs more than fat, and I am doing some weight and strength training, so what the scales tell me isn’t necessarily going to dictate my weight goal.
Another goal for me is to fit into some clothing I haven’t been able to wear for a long time. I have a dress I had made in Thailand in 2008 which I haven’t been able to wear in over five years, it is beautiful and classic; I don’t want to just give it away. I also have a suit which is made with vintage fabric by a local designer in Nova Scotia, it reminds me of something Jackie O might wear back in the day. The jacket fits me, but the skirt is too small for my hips and middle part. I also have a beautiful black blazer which is a size 8 and is a bit too snug, made in Canada by a Canadian Designer. So, yes, I would like to be able to fit in these fine threads.
My wardrobe is pretty classic and I avoid trends as I like to watch my money and also I believe the high turnover of trendy fashion to be contributing to the destruction of the environment. Plus, fast fashion is generally not ethical to our neighboring sisters who work in the garment industry. If I can lose the weight I would like to lose, my wardrobe will expand quite a bit as I will be able to fit into some clothing I truly adore and is collecting dust in my closet.
Another goal is to be able to wear a bikini and not feel the need to run as fast as I can to jump in the ocean so nobody sees my jiggly parts. I would like to be able to wear a striped shirt and not have to worry about how my belly looks. I would like to be able to wear a crop top (however I just wouldn’t wear one at my age!), but if I had to wear one, I would like to be able to wear one with confidence.
A huge goal for me is I want to be able to have a full body shot taken at any random time and not be worried about how I am going to look in the picture, or hope that someone doesn’t tag me on Facebook because my stomach is protruding or my arm looks more like a leg. I am hoping the strength and weight training will add some shape to my arms, and losing the weight will show off the definition more.
I want to be fit and have nothing hanging out. I want to be healthy and continue to be active too. I see my parents whom I am super blessed to still have them as they are both 81 years old, but they are both obese and for the most part sedentary. I believe a lot of the health issues they have encountered in their older years is because of the extra weight their body frames were never designed to carry. My Mom has developed Type Two Diabetes, which she doesn’t have to have, but at 81 she cannot be bothered to make the effort to change. If I am so blessed to make it to 81 someday, I want to be able to enjoy it! I want to be able to travel with no health concerns to contend with when I am older.
Being fit and able to fit into my older clothing isn’t just about vanity, but it has a lot to do with preparing for a healthy future. I am not looking to become a size two or four (I don’t physically think my bone structure can even allow that!), but I do want to be a healthy size eight. I want to look good, as let’s face it when you look good, you feel good about yourself too.
These are my weight loss goals! Some may read the above and think wow, those are some weak goals, and others may think I am over ambitious, but no one needs to concern themselves with my goals. My goals are what I want for me, and have nothing to do with anyone else, as they should be! If you are thinking about doing your own weight loss fitness journey, when you set some goals for yourself, make sure you make them for you! Once you hit your goals, you may want to reassess and create some more, or you may want to dial it back a bit. It is entirely up to you! What are your weight loss or fitness goals? I would love to know & join you on your journey!
Peace and love – Rachel