New Goals, New Me!
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Goal setting keeps me on track and makes me push a little harder. I love to do lists: there's nothing like the rush of crossing something off or checking the box. My goals this year are centered around holidays because I am choosing to focus on success at the holidays, not fear of failure.
As for the content of my goals... I want to treat myself with love and respect, just like I would treat others. I want to be spiritually, physically and mentally healthy. Over the last 4 years, I had laser beam focus on my weight loss and maintenance, but I let my spiritual and mental health go which resulted in a burn out and a 10ish# weight gain. Well, no more of that jazz. It's time for a new me!
Just like the weight loss, I will start small and increase regularly. Instead of SP, I'll use a habit tracker I create in my BuJo. I'll work on each goal starting the holiday before, so on Halloween, I'll start tracking Thanksgiving's goals and continue tracking for the rest of the year. Then on Thanksgiving, I'll add Christmas goals, if any, and so on. This way I can continually monitor my progress and grow throughout the year.
Measuring some of my goals is kinda tricky, though. Sure, it's easy to track physical things, but how does a person measure love and respect? It's all subjective. I crave/need objective data points. (Blame the standardized testing data I sifted through for years.)
Here's my belief and plan: if I incorporate more journaling, meditation and prayer, my self-love and respect will directly increase as well.
The Universe/God/Divine Intelligence (whatever you want to call it) has told me for the last 2 years, that I need to write, pray, and meditate. I've dabbled in it, but largely looked the other way because #1 I didn't want others to think I was weird and #2 well, I'm vain and I've become addicted to the praise I get from losing weight and winning races.
It's time to embrace my inner hippie and learn to be humble because guess what: when I get to the Pearly Gates, it's not gonna matter how many 'likes' I get or how many shiny medals I've accumulated. I get to take none of that with me. I only get one chance at this thing called life and it's time to listen to my gut (which is way smarter than I am and has yet to lead me astray) and dive into these goals headfirst!
By Halloween, I will have prepped my food for the week and found
By Thanksgiving, I will lose 3#. I will stop working at 5pm every night, so I can relax with my family. I will have read 1 book.
By Christmas, I will pray and meditate daily. The living room will be my space to relax, pray and meditate, and the bedrooms will be switched around. I will have read 1 book.
By Valentines day, I will lose 10# AND 5 days per week, I will exercise 45min or run 6-8miles, including on vacation and lift weights 2-3 days per week. (I will rock my bikini in Mexico!)
By St. Patrick's Day, I will journal daily (1-sentence, gratitude, intuition convo, etc.) and have a meal planning/prep system in place so I can eat healthy daily.
By May Day, I will have maintained my successes through planting season, including healthy meals. My house will be organized and have minimal clutter and I will feel relaxed at home.
By Memorial Day, I will have enough base miles to train for whatever race I want to, but I will listen to my body when determining which race it is. I will have read 5 books.
(Ideas: Relay IA, Omaha Tri, GOATz 12 hour, GOATz 50k, DM Marathon, Feast and Feathers 1/2, Hitchcock 50/100mi)
By 4th of July, I will have muscle definition in my legs and arms and will have maintained my successes even while camping. I will have read 6 books.
By HooDoo, I will win the HooDoo Triathlon, run the bike ride to Persia (and back?). I will be able to do 1 pull-up and 5 real pushups.
By Halloween, I will reflect back on this year and be happy with the results because I know I put in my best effort. I will also set new goals for next year.