I really love to set goals.
The only problem is that I don't really ever get past the goal setting stage.
In reflecting on the two statements above, I have to wonder what stops me from following through. I also have to wonder why I kept setting goals for myself if I have no intention of following through. I'm no psychologist.....prepare yourself because I will still try to psychoanalyze myself anyway.....but maybe I had delusions of grandeur. Maybe setting unrealistic goals made me feel like I was challenging myself or pushing myself to the next proverbial level. In hindsight, I think one of the reasons that I never followed through might have been the unrealistic nature of the goals. Here are some truths about me:
1. I LOVE PIZZA! I mean if this was the 90's I would say I should marry it.
2. I hate trying new foods. I eat the same 5-7 things everyday. I am like a 5 year old child. It. Is. Embarrassing.
3. I have no time to myself. I go to work. I work some more when I get home. I eat some of my safety foods. Then I go to bed. Rinse and repeat.
Here are some of my heroic goals:
1. No pizza or sugar for a month.
2. Incorporate fish, quinoa, and greek yogurt into your meals today.
3. Exercise at least 30 minutes everyday.
Even a blind man could see there are major discrepancies between my fantasy self and actual self. Pizza is my life blood. To say that I will completely stop eating that and my candy appetizers for an entire month is cray-cray. Let's just say fish, quinoa, and yogurt and not even in the outer most circles of my safety foods. If I barely have time to sit down during the day, how am I going to find time to exercise for 30 continuous minutes every single day?
This is the problem America!?!?! Dr. Me thinks that I am setting goals for the me that I wish I was instead of the me that I am....but again I am no psychologist. In thinking about what I know about myself (right now) and where I am in my healthiness journey (right now), I would like to propose a new set of goals for myself. Goals that are realistic and attainable with a little hard work and determination.
Goals for (the rest of) February:
1. Try one healthy new recipe a week.
2. Drink 4 glasses of water a day.
After writing and deleting and then rewriting and re-deleting goals three and four, I think I am satisfied with going after these two goals. They are both doable and require only small changes. Are there other things I could be doing? (Just off the top of my head addressing the fact that I regularly sleep less than 6 hours a night, my pizza addiction, tracking issues, time management.....oh the list really could go on and on).....yes! But, you have to start somewhere. I am choosing to give myself a fair shot this time at actually accomplishing my goals. Will I make it? Will I give in? You will just have to stay tuned