Everyone has already said that how many goals you set and how you set them really depends on YOU. Know yourself well enough - based on the past and present - to decide how many and what goals to work on. Goals that make sense to you as you START are things you are pretty sure you can successfully complete. Make them BEHAVIORS - not pounds or inches - but also measurable. Make the goals just a bit difficult but still things you would reasonably expect you might be able to do. That way they are hard enough, but not setting you up for failure.
I generally set one weight loss goal and one workout goal.
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I'm a very visual person, and goal tracking is an important part of my SP programme.
My goals include: - ST 3 x per week for 25 minutes each time - cardio (usually treadmill) 5 x per week for 30 minutes each time - eat minimum of 5 fruits and vegetables/day - drink 6 cups of water/day
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Yes. Goals are very personal. The number of goals you have at a time depend on longevity of the goals, the difficulty rating, and the resources (including time) you have, and THEN it's all dependent on what YOU can handle.
I have a few "goals" that I do not have set times for because I do not want to work on them right now. These are to do a backbend, the splits, and handstands. These are goals, but not goals I am specifically working towards yet, just things I want to do some time.
In comparison, I have bigger term goals- goals for the end of the year. I want to drop my body fat to 19% MAXIMUM on every body fat test I take online (circumference method). That's my only BIG 2013 goal.
My smaller goals are monthly. I don't do well with weekly goals anymore- they're too short to form a real motivation for me. They're things like earn x sparkpoints, go to the gym x times, lose x lbs, track food x days... I'll have 5 or so goals that way, but they tie together. Going the gym and tracking food earns me sparkpoints and contribute to the weight loss!
How many goals you set for yourself is really based on who you are as a person. Right now I have 2 set for myself but they are tied together: 1. Eat within my calories 2. Don't eat out. I am the type of person that I have to throw myself into my goal so I am focused 100% on those 2 things and will be for the next week or so. After I have that habit cemented in then I will focus on exercising 3 days a week.
Right now it is a push for me to not eat out since I did pretty much every day. Happily, it's been since January 2nd that I've given my money to a restaurant for food.
So the question really is - based on your personality and habits and ability to stick to goals you set, how many are you comfortable focusing on at one time? It's not necessary to push yourself in the beginning. I think FastBreak only covers a few small goals just so you don't get overwhelmed. Do what feels right to you and if you feel overwhelmed, postpone a few until you feel the time is right. Good luck!
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