Saturday, January 18, 2014
January is always a time for NEW beginnings, and focusing on a NEW start this year seems to be where I am at right now. 2013 saw lots of disappointments and frustrations, and very few triumphs, but learning from the past helps shape our futures.
"Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now."
This weekend will be a time for refocusing my goals, and on what obstacles or struggles might be holding me back from reaching those goals. Lately, stress has played a major role in holding me back from my goals. I need to find ways to push through the stress, and see it for what it is just an obstacle in my path. One that needs to be overcome. This year I am starting with some goals in mind, to keep my focus throughout the year.
I want to lose 50 lbs in 6 months. It is very doable, but I have to have a plan of action in place in order for me to reach this goal.
My strongest obstacle is tracking my food, it is holding me back from reaching my goals. In the past, I have tried over and over again to use Spark to track my food, or some other means of online tracking tool. It just isn't working for me to use these tools. It just takes too much time out of my day to try to track it on Spark. I am too meticulous about how I track it, so it takes a tremendous amount of time for me. Ok maybe I am a little obsessed about it. I decided my best option for tracking food right now is on paper. Towards the end of last year, I bought a journal for this purpose, but I still wasn't very consistent about it. I feel like below I have a reasonable goal that I CAN achieve.
My SMART goal for tracking: I will record my food 80% of the time in my food journal for the next 12 weeks. (67 TOTAL days)
The last few months of 2013, I was struggling to be motivated to even get in my exercise routine. This year my goal is to workout in the mornings on MOST days, so it is done and I won't procrastinate about it. Now I know that is NOT always going to work out, but I am going to STRIVE to get it done before afternoon hits.
My SMART goal for exercising: I will exercise 6 hours per week for the next 12 weeks.
I will use my 90 day workout program (P90X/Insanity hybrid) for the next 12 weeks, which includes cardio, TOTAL Body ST and stretching routines.
I am going to start with these 2 goals, and revisit them in 6 weeks, and adjust as needed. I may need to look at nutrition at that time, and other obstacles that need attention.