Realistic goals

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    Oct 01, 2009 12:09 PM GMT
    I've been terribly unmotivated the last year or so and have severely let my fitness lapse. I haven't gotten fat or anything--in fact, last I weighed myself I had lost about 5 pounds--but I have noted a major decrease in muscle mass and an obvious decrease in my general feeling of healthiness. I've been trying to go running regularly for the last month or so, but only maybe gone half the days I planned to.

    What I realize is that if I'm going to manage to get somewhere I really need some good short term, medium term, and long term goals to reach. And that's where y'all come in, as I could use some advice on how to formulate those goals or what I should be reaching for.

    I'm 5'9" and 190 lbs. I couldn't for the life of me tell you what my body fat ratio is as I have no access to getting that checked. Hopefully you can work from that. Let me know if there are other measurements or indicators that I should be giving to help formulate goals.
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    Oct 04, 2009 11:00 AM GMT
    I'm giving this a bump because I haven't gotten a reply yet.

    I know there's got to be some folks out there willing to give me some advice.
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    Oct 04, 2009 11:24 AM GMT
    I'll bite....

    It sounds like you want us to tell you what your goals should be. Um. No. You should be figuring those out yourself. But...

    ...You sound like you're in a rut. Maybe you should forget about long-term goals and just focus on the short-term ones. You mention running - why not make a goal to go running 3 days a week for (for example) 2 weeks, then 4 days for 2 weeks, and keep building upon that. Once you're in a routine, then you can re-evaluate from there.
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    Oct 04, 2009 12:08 PM GMT
    That's a fair critique, but I do think I'm really more looking at how I should formulate those goals as opposed to exactly what they should be. But perhaps you're right in that I was looking to get some fed to me. Thanks for the input.

    I'm not so sure the particular one for running is really a good goal, however, as it's not really focused on around attaining an outcome vis-a-vis a change in my body. I feel like that's really what I need. Perhaps that's answering my own question? I guess what I'm going for is that I realize that I want to make goals for myself that are built around specific body changes, but I'm looking for examples of what reasonable changes I should expect given certain time frames (3 months, 6 months, whatever). Let's say, as an example, I wanted to decrease my waistline in 3 months: what would be a reasonable expectation for a result? Or wanted to increase the size of my arms in month and a half? Etc.

    That's the kind of advice I'm looking for.