Dang it! I was almost to the finish line, and next thing I know WHAM!! back to the starters blocks. Many of us have been there. Lose - Gain - Lose - Gain... FFS, I'm ready to get off this roller coaster!!!
Sparkpeople has been a great resource, but that's the thing, I can read the posts, put up cute memes, write down the plan, comment and play games, but until I can DO THE WORK, I'm going to be stuck.
Time to refocus. Set my Goals. Make a plan. Follow said Plan. And do it EVERY DAY. Does that mean I have to be "perfect" every day? No. I'm not crazy. There are going to be days that are holidays, unavoidable food situations, weddings, funerals, celebrations and work things. But I can plan for these occasions.
So here it is, I'm going back to the beginning: Sparkpeople wrote a wonderful article on 12-4-2012 on How to Set and Reach SMART Goals. www.sparkpeople.
I'm going to list my goals here. If you want to do your own, print out the goal-setting worksheet from the above link and take some time to really, REALLY, honestly set your goals.
Step 1: Write down your goal in as few words as possible
My Goal is to: Get Healty
Step 2: Make your goal detailed and SPECIFIC (answer who/what/where/how/when)
I will lose weight and get in shape
1. I will make a food plan and follow it
2. I will work out more consistently (weights and cardio)
3. I will practice Highland Games and golf
4. I will take time to stretch and do rehab exercises
Step 3: Make your goal MEASURABLE. Add details, measurements and tracking details
I will measure/track my goal by using the following numbers or methods: I will track food and workouts DAILY on SP logs. I will measure my weight, arms, legs, hips, waist (and more) and track monthly on SP (I will NOT track weight more than monthly!!)
I will know I've reached my goal when: I am comfortably in a size 14, can throw without (or with minimal) pain, can walk/hike without wheezing again
Step 4: Make your goal ATTAINABLE. What additional resources do you need for success:
Items I need to achieve this goal: work out clothes, bands and videos
How will I find the time: Don't FIND the time... MAKE the time. There is no excuse NOT to. Got to the gym, watch a video, walk around the neighborhood... whatever.
Things I need to learn more about: How to rehab current injuries and work out while not making things worse.
People I can talk to for support. Ray M. Tony/Lori, Chrystal. SP friends
Step 5: Make your goal RELEVANT. List why you want to reach this goal.
I want to feel and look better. I want to be healthy. I want to be able to throw in Highland Games again and contend. I want to move, travel, hike, dance comfortably. I want to feel good about putting myself out there to date again.
Step 6: Make your goal TIMELY. Put a deadline on your goal and set some benchmarks.
I will reach my goal by January 1, 2020
My halfway measurement will be on July 1, 2019
Additional dates and Milestones I'll aim for: 1 lb average per week, throw better than last year in every event, TURN A CABER, rewards set for size, strength and habits not pounds
Well, here goes... EVERYTHING!!!