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Feb 2012 Week 2 - Long-Term Health and Fitness Goals

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Health
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Maintain the longest possible streak of days without illness.

One measure I have of my health is how often (or rarely) I fall ill and how rapidly I recover. I honestly cannot remember the last time I suffered flu symptoms. (Yeah, yeah, I should probably be knocking on wood right now were I the slightest bit superstitious.) I do get the occasional cold, but my typical cold is noting my throat feels tight/sore one day, runny / stuffy nose the next, and some coughing for the next couple days to clear my system.

I also do, sadly, get cold sores. True to form, they show up around times I'm ill or starting my cycle, particularly if I haven't been eating as well or haven't been taking a multi-vitamin. (And probably if I'm stressed in combination - basically when my body is burning vitamin/mineral resources.)

In my opinion, a HUGE part of that is my water consumption. When our bodies are properly hydrated, they fight viruses and germs more effectively. Even when I was otherwise eating excessively or poorly, I was drinking lots of water, plenty of milk, and some juice.

So, I do feel I'm already rather healthy.

But there's always room for improvement.

Now, this goal is actually kind of odd in one sense. There isn't really a way to guarantee I won't get sick. I can take plenty of normal precautions - not handling things like phones that have been used by someone sick, washing my hands regularly. But I can't completely avoid the spread of the variety of possible infections much more than I already do.

However, I do believe that as I become more healthy through proper eating habits, eventually improving my sleeping habits (problem area there, but not ready to change certain things yet), and being more aware of others sick around me, that I can minimize my exposure and increase my chances of my body fighting and killing the bad guys without me ever feeling symptoms.

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Fitness
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Be able to do normal squats and lunges without complaints from my knees. Ditto for other problem areas that act up when I'm doing strength training.

I'm already seeing some improvement in my knees from working the quadriceps and hamstrings (front and back of thighs). The only time my knees speak up on the bike is when the resistance increases past a certain point and in the first moments of pushing to meet that. So I know I'm on the right track.

To me, being able to do the squats and lunges - and in proper form, a normal set of reps - will be a big sign of how much improvement there is to my fitness.

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** If you didn't see what this is about, at the beginning of February I decided that I wanted to figure out 1 long-term goal in Health and 1 in Fitness each week of February, so 4 total long-term goals.

While I know I need to lose weight and I am doing that, my goal has never been "get down to ### pounds". I have no must-reach pants size or waist measurement or expected physical appearance.

My goal at the beginning of this was, quite honestly, to get more fit and healthy and to eat better. Which is okay up to a point, but I decided to ask myself by what I define as being fit enough and healthy enough. I could say I'm already more fit and more healthy and quit now. But obviously I meant more than I've gotten to so far. And these goals are my attempt to better define where I want to be. **
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  • AHEALTHIERME444
    Love this..especially since I feel it is a mirror image of my thoughts and life these days!! I just got my first cold sore in a really long time this weekend...they suck!!
    I also gauge my fitness by my knees also.
    Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and plan with the rest of us.
    Very motivating and inspiring!

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    1688 days ago
  • RABBITL
    This note has made me rethink my goals...as I did set high expectations for myself. I'm new here and learning more and more each day. It does not matter the # on the scale, just as long as we are happy and healthy!!

    1688 days ago
  • TIFFY0906
    When I first started SP I had a goal weight and size in mind (I still do). But now I know it is soooo much more than that. I want to be an athlete and I love hearing my doc say good job everything is GOOD.

    Great Goals....keep up the good work
    1689 days ago
  • CJMCCRAY
    I'm glad to see you are working on goals for life. I too am striving to get healthy and stay healthy. Great blog! emoticon
    1689 days ago
  • JUSTAGIRL45
    I love that you set goals like this!
    The are measureable and achievable. You set yourself up for success when you lay it out like that!

    It inspires me to set a few non-scale goals too! emoticon
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    1690 days ago
  • WOMANOBRONZE
    What a remarkably sane approach!

    (I am totally jealous....no inner 14-year old whining that if I only weighed
    155 pounds, the world would instantly love me, men would stop on the street and give me money just for being, and I'd wake up each day happy and clean-smelling...???)

    Good job defining your goals!
    1690 days ago
  • SASSY5468
    Very reasonable goals! I also am not really about hitting a certain weight or pants size. I just really want my knees to not hurt, and my lungs to not strain when I walk up the stairs or a hill. It's those things that keep me from doing what I want to do.

    Great work there, lady! :)
    1690 days ago
  • SHERIO5
    Your goals make sense. I think ultimately, these will serve you much better than weighing a certain weight, or fitting into a certain size.

    Good work! emoticon
    1690 days ago
  • WHQPHQ
    When I started SP I wanted to get down to 140lb, now my weight loss has slowed down (I am about 12lb away) I am trying to focus on the way I look/feel. I want to be fit!
    1690 days ago
  • CRYSTLE4HIMTX10
    emoticon emoticon I think it is great you have more goals than just losing weight. We are a whole package not just weight.
    1690 days ago
  • ALWAYSOWNIT
    May be I should do that too ..Instead of trying to reach a goal weight ,I should target a behavioral goal like better eating habits. I am sure you will reach your goals no matter what.All the best to you. emoticon
    1690 days ago
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