Wednesday, January 04, 2012
Happy New Year, my dear Spark Friends! I hope everyone had a peaceful, restful, and joyful holiday season. Wishing everyone a happy, healthy, and active New Year!
Spark Sister FREDANN sets daily goals each month and then blogs daily as to whether or not she accomplished them. I've been reading her blogs on a regular basis, and she is having great success. Yes, sometimes it's two steps forward, one step back, but she's always moving forward and I like the progress I am seeing her make. I just might even be jealous of the progress she is making! She has inspired me to put my goals in writing. After all, how can I accomplish something if I don't know what it is that I want?
My overall health goals for 2012 are to participate in a triathlon sprint, and get back down to my December 2010 weight of 145 by December 2012. I signed up for a swimming class to be able to do the swimming portion of the triathlon with some sense of technique other than dog-paddling! I ran my first 5K race last year and took 2nd place in my division. It was a small race, only 300 runners, so perhaps I shouldn't expect to win some bling at every new thing I try. But heck, why not "go for the gold" and see what happens? I just might surprise myself!
I like FREDANN's goals - simple baby steps that I can do and be accountable to daily. I'm revising them slightly to fit my needs. I took out the meditation goal. I know that is something that I would like to do, but I'm going to concentrate on getting the 6+ hours of sleep/night first and then add meditation in a future month.
Here are my January 2012 goals --
1 - Exercise at least 30 minutes per day, 5 days a week, alternating each day between running and cross-training. January, I'll be swimming. I'll take up biking in the spring.
2 - Track my food and limit my calories to no more than 1800 per day.
3 - Drink 8 cups of water each day.
4 - Sleep 6+ hours per night.
5 - Eat 1 fruit and 4 veggies per day.
6 - Report my progress to the world every day by writing my accountability blog. (This one is really scary for me! I give you permission to hold my feet to the fire on this one!)
Thanks, FREDANN, for inspiring me with your progress and your daily accountability. How about my other Spark Friends? Care to join FREDANN and me?