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A New and Focused Goal With Plans to Achieve It

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

From the hiking meetup group I'm a part of:

"This moderately strenuous hike is approxmately 8 miles RT with 2000ft of elevation gain. The Summit elevation is 3655 ft, and Kaaterskill is 22nd on the Catskill high peak elevation list. This hike is also LP's "winter" Catskill finish as well as MG's Catskill finish, so come along and join the celebration. We will be taking the southern approach from rte 16, Platte Clove Road. We will see some great views just below the summit.

Equipment: Come prepared for snow and icy trails. Bring plenty of water, snacks, lunch, snowshoes and microspikes. As we get closer to mid-March, we may not need snowshoes."


So: many people have fitness goals involving running (ie, a 5k). I'm going to make this my 1st fitness goal. The hike is toward the end of March. In many ways, it's a reward in itself. If I achieve the mini-goals for training (below) and don't achieve another set of mini-goals in order to do it, I will have made progress, and I will keep getting ready for hikes. I'm going to do my best.

To train for it, I'm going to:

1. Get out and walk for 5-10 minutes first thing in the morning.
2. Go on one short hike (30 minutes; light elevation) a week.
3. Go on a group hike with "Wandering Wednesdays" at Grafton Lakes State Park at least once every 2 weeks (these are about 2 hours long, about 3 miles, and light elevation).
4. Try to go to a yoga class and participate my best, once every 2 weeks.
5. Go to the Y and do aerobic exercise for 30+ minutes.

...for the next 4 weeks.

In order to achieve this,

1. I've enlisted a sparkbuddy, whom I will tell my goals to.
2. I've told my older son, and we've said we'd check in on my goals.
3. I will be *very* careful about hydrating---I need _much_ more than the 64oz during moderate exercise.
4. I will find a way to reward myself for reaching each of the goals each week.
5. I am fighting fatigue, and I know it's from iron deficiency, B and D vitamin deficiency; I will work at making sure to have my vitamins consistently (daily)
6. I'll use my inhaler before, during and after exercise so that I'm not in an emergency situation.

It's the exercise that's fun. The problem is the nearly-consistent CRASH afterwards from...
...not hydrating,
not enough vitamins and iron
and not having human connection.

I'm also fighting against depression,
my thyroid levels,
and other illnesses.

After 3 weeks, I'll evaluate my progress on the mini-goals, and then, at the four-week mark, create new mini-goals for reaching the big one.

This is my first time training like this. Before illness, I used to just....do all these things (hike a high peak; bike 10-20 miles). To set a goal a few months out for an exciting adventure, and to work toward it.....well, I like the idea and want to go for it.
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    Organizing a plan to reach a goal is half the battle. It sounds like you've put a lot of thought into it, good luck!
    1857 days ago
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