I'm a "fan" of Bob Harper on Facebook and today in a status update he wrote, "Make it a point to be more active today.. Get a workout in! Today is the first day of the rest of your life and you are worth it!"
I like that goal. That's doable. No matter how my schedule looks before or after work, I can always fit in a 15 to 30 min walk during my lunch break. Any day. Everyday. That's what I'll do today. Done!
Goals keep me focused. In the past they've helped me accomplish great tasks. It's time to jot down some August 2011 - December 2011 goals to keep me focused.
Wikihow says STEP ONE in reaching a goal is to Set a realistic but challenging/inspiring goal.
"Take a big dream, like "I want to be famous", and break it down into smaller, more manageable steps, like "I want to star in ascience fiction movie", "I want to go to three auditions a week", "I want to move to another city" and "I want to save $5000 so I can move." Make the goal big enough to challenge and excite you, but not so big that you hesitate to take the first steps."
Here's my break-down.
My big dream: "I want to be thin" which is girl talk for "My extra weight is interfering with how I feel about myself. It needs to go!" Specifically for me, being "thin" means losing the 50 extra pounds I have stored on my frame.
My big dream broken down into smaller, more manageable steps:
1.) I want to lose 25 pounds and then take it from there. Only a year ago, in August 2010, I weighed 20 pounds less than I do now. Over a year's time I let stress from new life changes make me eat with reckless abandon and focus less on exercise. Losing 25 pounds betwen August and December will get me half way to my goal of losing 50 pounds and getting thin!
2.) I want to complete a half-marathon I've signed up for one in October! I have a buddy and a training schedule (that's gotten off to a rocky start) but I will do it!
3.) I want to build muscle and lose fat I can do this through stepping up my weight training...which is actually part of my half-marathon training plan.
4.) I want to complete a 10-day juice cleanse I have researched juicers and watched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. Unless I hear better suggestions, I plan to get an inexpensive Black and Decker juicer from Wal-Mart to stay in my $50 juicer range. I have recipes for drinks. I scheduled my cleanse dates in my calendar for August 15th thru August 24.
5.) I want to complete a winter time 5K Working on getting this set-up. The last winter outdoors race I did was in 2002: The Jingle Bell Run in Champaign, IL. It was cold and it was glorious. Perhaps it's time to do it again!
I want to eat less refined sugar. Ok this one's a lie. More like I know I should eat less fined sugar. I want to work on minimizing the consumption of donuts and candy at work. I want to avoid Starbuck's sugary drinks. I want to say "no" to ice cream treats on sale at Jewel and only enjoy them on special occassions -- birthdays, parties, weddings. Revised: I want to save refined sugar treats for special occasions.
7.) I want to go to the gym three times a week I have a Groupon pass for one class at Flirty Girl Fitness and a gym membership at the Y. The Y location is literally a 4-min walk from my apartment. It opens at 5 a.m. weekdays and doesn't close until 10 p.m. Morning workouts may be what I need to complete this mini goal. No excuses.
8.) I want to eat no more than one dead cow a week. Let me explain. Last July, when I started this blog I made up my "One cow a week" rule. It stuck then so it's time to bring it back. I wrote, Cheeseburgers were doing me in so I made up a rule that I can only eat one serving of dead cow a week. Max. Not daily. This means, once I have my ONE cheeseburger or Chipotle steak burrito, it's time to switch to Boca Burgers, Black Bean burgers, veggie-based meals and other non-four legged friends. Veggies, you should be very scared. I'm going to devour you like no other.
At this point I've made my August 2011 - December 2011 goals big enough to challenge and excite me, but not so big that I don't hesitate to take the first steps. 8 goals. Sweet!