Goals, Goals, Goals

Dictionary.com defines the word GOAL as: the result or achievement toward which effort is directed; aim; end.

It also defines the word DREAM as: an aspiration; goal; aim

I looked up these definitions because I wonder what the difference between the two words are really and are they really just linked together?? 

Don’t we dream about our goals?? 

Isn’t that how goals start out anyways…as dreams.

I know that's how mine started.  I know the exact day…December 3rd 2009.

That was the day I emailed my best friend Kimberly and told her that I was going to sign up for the Philadelphia Rock & Roll Marathon.  Of course, I also had to ask her if I was absolutely fucking nuts.  At that point in time I only ran what…two 5-K races??

And here I am today…September 6th 2010.  Only 12 days away from the 1/2 marathon.  The hotel is booked and I just made the reservations at the Union Trust Steakhouse.  I almost started to cry as I hit the ‘confirm reservation’ button.  I can’t believe this is really happening.

The reason for this post is not to bore you guys yet again with more talk about me running a 1/2 marathon but as to remind you all of this…

Dreams do not become goals overnight. 

To get to your goals takes a lot of work, and a lot of dreaming.  You cant just dream about being a size 8 one day and expect to wake the next morning at that desired size.  You have to set the goal of fitting into that size 8 then begin on walking the steps across that bridge to reach THE GOAL.

I started Weight Watchers in September of 2008.  As of today I am  6.4 away from hitting MY GOAL weight.  I’ve had a lot of broken planks on my bridge.  In January of 2009 I took a hiatus from Weight Watchers until about the end of May beginning of June but you know what…I never lost sight of my goal.  Even though I wasn’t in the plan, I knew I was going to get back there, and I did and I came back even stronger!  From June of last year up until now is when I have gotten the most weight off and have come even closer to my goal.

I dreamed up the goal of running a 1/2 marathon in December of last year, and while there have been plenty of other 1/2’s that were closer in time, I knew that this one was the right one for me.  So everyday I’ve been dreaming of getting closer and closer to my goal…and here it is approaching. 
Be patient. Never stop dreaming. Never stop dreaming of having goals.

Edit: I am editing this after I posted it because I just wanted to add that I dont only means about dreaming up goals of weight loss and fitness, but in everything you do.  Do what ever little things you can in life to turn your dreams into a goal.  Two years ago I really wanted to start living a "greener" life and I wanted to make whatever changes I could to our Townhouse.  Now we rent this little abode through a complex of sorts so there is only so much we can do, but....I did what I COULD do!  I bought all CFL light bulbs and changed all the fixtures in the house. I picked up recycling bins from our local town department.  I've purchased about a gazzilion reusable bags (Frankie just LOVES this ;) and I've made the switch over to earth friendly cleaning products (where I could).  Just doing those small steps helped me to feel like I met my goal.  Sure, I dont have a compost and I dont have solar panels...but I took what ever steps I could to making the dream I had an attainable goal.  It takes time and steps.  Sometimes lots of time and very often, MANY steps. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other and before you know it, all you have is just one more step.

I hope everyone is having a fabulous holiday weekend.  Don’t forget to enter my very first blog giveaway!  Tomorrow is the last day to enter.  Happy Labor Day!! XOXO


  1. I think this is a great post and topic, I think there are a billion people who dream and dream but goals take work and determination. I think to reach a goal it takes work a lot of work. I think all goals start as dreams but not everyone has the determination to change the dreams into goals and then to reach the goal you should be extremely proud of yourself for reaching these goals.

    I too changed our house to be greener, I have a veggie garden we changed light bulbs I have way too many reusable bags and I tried composting last year but my husband hated it, we even used cloth diapers for a year. It feels good knowing I am doing what I can to be gentler to the earth.

  2. I just love your blog and you are such an inspiration to me. You will do great on your 1/2 marathon and I can't wait to read all about it.
    I am starting back to WW this week after reevaluating my dreams and what my goals are. I seem to never be able to keep my goal in site and put EVERYONE else ahead of me no matter how that makes me feel..

  3. Rissa- Thats great that you made those changes!! I'm a big believer in the thought that one small change counts. People may not always believe it (sometimes I dont) but they do add up. Like with weight loss and all those .2, .4, .6 OUNCES we lose...they add up to a great ol' big loss.

    Jenn- Well thank you *so* much. I am VERY excited to hear that you are going back to WW's!!!! What an amazing journey you are about to begin. I know what you mean about putting others before yourself, but in terms of your own health and happiness, you *have* to do this for yourself. In the end, it will make not only yourself SO much happier, but everyone else around you will feed off of your great energy as well. Believe me, that I know first hand. Maybe write down some goals...some short term ones at first, like more veggies or more walks, something like that. And keep reminding yourself that you are not ONLY doing this for yourself but also for the ones around you and if they cant understand that well then oh fucking well...send them to me and I'll straighten them out for you ;)

  4. Hey you, this was awesome. How often do we, OK I, put off doing something because it's too much? Lots of time and many steps. Recycling was an awesome example. I want to recycle. The place to take the stuff is where I grocery shop. I don't do it...it's too difficult. All that plastic, paper, tin, glass, etc. What if I just start with plastic? Get that where it's second nature and then go to tin?

    Hey, let's move on the the weight loss. What if I go back to my WW meeting this Friday and all of a sudden feel overwhelmed? Feel like it's too much? What if I just make sure to do some of it. Track, plan, eat the fruit veg or whatever? Hmmmmm I like it. I like it a lot.

    Thank you for sharing.

  5. I'm glad you enjoyed the post Deb. I wanted to add the example of the recycling because I think it best described the steps like you step. I didnt just dream of being greener and then wake up the morning and BAM! It was little steps I had to take. I couldnt afford to go buy all the CFL bulbs I needed at one time, but I could afford a couple a week.

    Same thing with weight loss and I think you really hit something with the word 'OVERWHELMED'. You do get that feeling, especially at your first Weight Watcher meeting. Excited of course, but once you step out of that meeting it all comes flooding in.
    You are on the right track lady! One step at a time...focus on tracking, if 7 days is too much right now, focus on trying for 5. Dont know how you can afford to add fruits AND veggies in...pick one, or even yet, pick just ONE fruit or ONE veggie you plan to incorporate into your diet.

    Dreams occur in an instant, goals do not. Goals take work and most of the time lots and lots of it. Patience is one of the hardest (if not THE hardest) parts of losing weight and getting healthy. Breaking down the goals is so much easier. Its like a puzzle...many pieces but one big great picture.

  6. i really needed this post today. it seems i have an actual deadline for weight loss with the wedding coming up, and i think that's the push that i need to get my butt in gear. i know everything i need to do, i just have to DO it. it isn't going to happen overnight -- but it's going to happen. that's what i need to believe in! =)

    awesome post, girlfriend. <3

  7. You're going to have a blast! I just did the Va Beach Rock 'n Roll Half Marathon and it was so much fun :)

    - Mara

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