OK, that's not too much of a weight gain since the fall, but I still want it GONE!!
I'm making some simple goals:
Goal 1: 215 by May 18, a week before Memorial Day. (5 lbs in 5 weeks, very doable)
Goal 2: 210 by July 3, the start of the Independence Day weekend. (5 lbs in 6 weeks, but now I'm cutting fat and building muscle)
Goal 3: 205 by August 23, day before my birthday. (5 lbs in 7 weeks, and I'll be dropping below my 2008 low weight, so it's gonna be a struggle to break through that plateau)
Goal 4: 200 by October 12, which is Columbus Day. (the final 5 lbs are the toughest)
...and a long-term goal: maintain that weight (within 5 lbs) until next Valentine's Day.
Of course, having a goal is a lot more meaningful if there is some sort of reward:
If I reach Goal 1, I'll buy myself a crucifix or rosary (yes, all you non-Catholics, that really is a treat for me). Price range is around $25.
For Goal 2, I'll treat myself to a new watch, in the $50 range.
Goal 3 means a new DVD player, and I can probably get a nice one for $100.
If I can make Goal 4, losing 20 pounds in 6 months, I'm buying a new smartphone. That's about the time I would be eligible for an upgrade or ready to change carriers, so I'll give myself a budger of $250.
...and if I can literally bust my ass and keep the weight off for 4 additional months, I'm going to VEGAS, baby!
It's reasonable, it's sensible, and new toys and vacations as a carrot are a lot more motivating than a stick.