Tuesday, February 01, 2011
So, I have these crazy friends with all of these crazy ideas and big dreams. One of their dreams came true last summer when their non-profit theater company, Optimist Theatre, put on a production of The Tempest for free in Milwaukee. It was sold out. It was critically acclaimed. It. Was. Incredible. And expensive. (And they want to do it again. I know. CRAZY! This time they are doing Twelfth Night.)
Around mid-December, I got an e-mail from my friend, Susan, the managing director. She had an idea for a fundraiser and would I sponsor her? Her idea was a long-term fundraiser based on Wellness. She called it Will-ness. For William Shakespeare and for wellness. She wanted to lose 50 pounds and would I sponsor her for each pound lost? At first I thought, "Wow. Um, sweetie, I love you, but, um, that's kind of out there." Then I read about the program. And thought, "Wow. That's not crazy. That's brilliant. So brilliant in fact that I want to do it."
One of the nice things about it is that each particpant sets their own goals. Some are weight loss, some are minutes of exercise, some are nutrition. Whatever the particpant needs to work on to be healthier, as long as the goal is a measurable increment. The particpants have blogs, email their sponsors, go to group meetings and learn about taking care of themselves. Of being Well. Something that I'm striving for. And, now, I can do it for a good cause. What's not to lose (other than weight.)
For me, coming up with a measurable goal took some turns. See, I need to lose 50 pounds, too, but I hate numbers. I hate the scale. It gives me anxiety. I "know" the scale doesn't tell the whole truth, but when I step on it, it becomes the only truth. And if there were money based on it, it would be the most important truth. I didn't want that to be the basis of my goal. I would be too anxious stepping on that scale and having the number not change, or worse yet, go up. So I wanted my actions to be measurable, not the weight. I also know that I need to have an all encompassing goal for each week. One that takes important parts of wellness and combined them. I'm a baby-stepper, so I need something that I can expand upon as the year progresses because this is a year long Wellness-athon for me.
So my measurable goal is a week of successful goal completion. I will have 3 goals to complete each week: one fitness goal, one nutrition goal and one awareness goal. (Awareness goal? What's that? Something for me. Something to help me take care of me, relax, focus on the inner me as well as the outer me.) They are goals that once I master them, I can change to be more involved to make me work harder and to challenge me without being so challenging I can't succeed.
I'm starting after the week starts, so this first week, my goals will be a little less than what they would be for a full week.
Fitness: 60 minutes of dedicated exercise
Nutrition: Log my food for 4 out of the 5 days remaining
Awareness: 5 minutes of relaxation breathing at the end of each day.
And now I'm posting it. So you all know. And I'm a little bit terrified. But I know I can do it. My new motto...
Where there's a Will, there's a way.