Mini-Goals - what intervals do you usually make your minigoals?




TravelingMFFL
04-23-2013, 04:19 PM
My minigoal at the moment is 20lbs..

do you think that is too much or too little?

I usually anticipate about -10lbs a month so I thought doing it for 2 months at a time would be good. thoughts? ideas?


amandie
04-23-2013, 04:29 PM
I think that is perfect for you! With my restart at 180, I am going by 5%, 10%, 15%, 20% and final goal.

IanG
04-23-2013, 04:29 PM
2-3 months. So you are good!


Novus
04-23-2013, 04:48 PM
I set mine at approximately 5 pounds. (They're listed below in my signature.) The small amounts keep me motivated because I'm able to hit a target about every 2-3 weeks.

Nichole2013
04-23-2013, 05:30 PM
You have to go with what works for you. like novus, i set my Mini goal at 5 Pounds. I love the sense of accomplishment i get every time i hit my goal and it helps keep me motivated and on plan.

Candeka
04-23-2013, 05:49 PM
Every 5 pounds for me.

PreciousMissy
04-23-2013, 05:52 PM
I actually have 6 minigoals:
10lb
10%
35lb (because it's halfway)
41lb (199)
50lb (because it's 50-freaking-pounds!)
Goal

As Nichole2013 said, it's what works for you. For me, losing the first 10lb was a big accomplishment.

Fluffypuppy
04-24-2013, 01:13 AM
My mini goals are small: sometimes as little as 3lbs. They are weights that have significance to me. For example my last one was 22lbs lost cuz it was half-way. Next one was 25lbs lost cuz that put me under 150. But then I am losing slowly. First 20lbs took me 4 months. That would be way too long for me to wait. But everyone is different!

Rhiko
04-24-2013, 01:19 AM
I set mine at what I expect to lose in 3 months, which is usually 6 kgs (13 lbs). It's all in my signature. My advice to you is to set it where it's realistic for you :)

the shiv
04-24-2013, 02:15 AM
As soon as I started getting obsessive about setting goals, I ended up sabotaging myself and stalled, lol, but that's my personality! Do whatever works for you :)

I have the weight range where I can go back on the pill as a goal... But I want that so much I'm trying not to think about it, and I'm getting into that range now :)

That said, when I started out, before I got obsessive about it, my mini goals were 1lb each, and I've now hit 23 mini goals! Whatever keeps you going, even if it's just a daily goal of doing the best you can with what you have. Honestly, it all adds up! If you find you've lost 17lbs or whatever, and you like it, who cares if it's not a significant or rounded number? Reward yourself anyway and keep on keeping on! :D

danitzastars
04-24-2013, 05:08 AM
I do mini goals usually 5 so that way I can feel super awesome when I hit my goals shortly and it keeps me that more motivated to continue

Thedollylala
04-24-2013, 07:49 AM
Mine is my bmi! Next stop is out of the obese category.

SuperCecilia
04-24-2013, 10:24 AM
I pick numbers that are significant. My first mini-goal is onederland (under 200). After that is 189 (BMI out of "obese" category). Then 182, which is lowest adult weight. Then 175. Then 169, which is out of the "overweight" BMI category. And I think goal will be 155, though I'll have to see how I feel as I get closer.

I do find that trying to attach dates to goals can frustrate me - I can stall for a week and lose nothing, and then overnight the scale goes down two pounds. So I don't have a time frame attached to my mini-goals, but focus on behaviors (getting workouts in, planning snacks and meals, etc). At this point I have lost 13.8 pounds - so if I lose, great! If I don't, I am maintaining a 13.8 pound loss! As long as the numbers don't go up, I am a happy chick.

Good luck! You can do it!

ChickieBoom
04-24-2013, 12:37 PM
My mini-goals are all random numbers...weights that I remember being. I got up to 265 in 2010 when I had my second serious diet attempt, so getting to 265 was my first mini goal. I was able to stick to that diet for 3 months and lose 34 pounds so 231 was my second mini goal and so on. Now I'm past the point where I'm trying to undo previous mistakes so I've chosen random chunks. My next mini goal will be getting to 160.

L J
04-24-2013, 12:56 PM
Mine was 10%, so 160lbs. I didn't set another one after that, as I am close to goal. I think I'm going to set a BF% goal when I hit my original goal of 135. I am just over 26% now, and I would like to get to 22%.

betsy2013
04-25-2013, 12:24 PM
Looks like I'm the odd duck out here. I don't do mine by weight goals per se. By that I mean, I don't set a goal of every XX number of pounds. I set mine by what I weighed during memorable times in my life since all of those weight points are in my rear view mirror. :dizzy:

So, while I wouldn't recommend it, my first mini-goal was to lose 52 pounds to get down to the weight I was when I moved here from NC. My next one is only 11 pounds lighter -- what I weighed when I quit smoking. Then a 20 pound one for what I weighed when my mom remarried after my dad died. So, mine seem to be tied to events in my life.

Don't ask me why that approach, but for some reason it's giving me the impetus I need to stick with it.

ChickieBoom
04-25-2013, 12:43 PM
Looks like I'm the odd duck out here. I don't do mine by weight goals per se. By that I mean, I don't set a goal of every XX number of pounds. I set mine by what I weighed during memorable times in my life since all of those weight points are in my rear view mirror. :dizzy:

So, while I wouldn't recommend it, my first mini-goal was to lose 52 pounds to get down to the weight I was when I moved here from NC. My next one is only 11 pounds lighter -- what I weighed when I quit smoking. Then a 20 pound one for what I weighed when my mom remarried after my dad died. So, mine seem to be tied to events in my life.

Don't ask me why that approach, but for some reason it's giving me the impetus I need to stick with it.

I do the same thing.

Jennifer1966
04-25-2013, 02:56 PM
I am a mini goal setting fool! I join as many challenges as I can on here to keep me accountable and I always have "decade" goals of my own. Mini goals in small increments really help me stay motivated and focused, while long term goals give me a sense of future success.