Wednesday, September 25, 2013
My BLC23 S.M.A.R.T. Goals
As BLC23 begins, itís time to put into writing, just exactly what I expect of myself over the course of the next 12 weeks. Of course, to lose weight is top on my list, but thatís pretty vague and if I am going to hold myself accountable, I have to be a little more specific and have a plan in place. Below is my plan, laid out in SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely) detail.
I actually have 3 goals that I would like to reach over the course of BLC23:
1. I plan to lose 15 pounds (that works out to 1.25 each week)
I plan to lose those 15 pounds by tracking every single bite of everything. I will plan my meals ahead of time and cook at home more often. I will avoid eating junk food and substitute a piece of fruit or other healthy snack when I get a little hungry between meals. I will do my best to avoid soda and sweet tea and instead drink unsweet tea and water. I will use crystal light packets when I need a little something sweet to drink. I will do my best to add freggies to every meal.
2. I plan to have created a strength training plan that I love and that I will stick with
I plan to make this happen by doing ALL the challenges set forth in BLC23. I will make a point to do ST at least 3 days each week, even if itís for only 10 minutes. I will accomplish this by using the challenges of BLC and using the SparkPeople DVD that breaks ST into 10 minute segments. I know ST is important, so I need to make it a priorityÖand a 10 minute commitment is very reasonable. I also have my youngest son who is working out a little more regular and has agreed to keep me true to my plan.
3. I plan to be able to run a full 5k, without stopping for walk breaks.
I plan to make this a reality by continuing what I am already doing, which is just getting out there and running 3-4 times each week. Sometimes I use the C25K program, which is installed on my phone, sometimes I run with my youngest son and sometimes I just go it alone. I have done this before so I know I can do it again. I took a break from running when I injured my knee and have been trying to get back to it ever since. Iíve come to the conclusion that I may always have a little discomfort and running really doesnít make it hurt any worse, so I may as well be doing something I enjoy.
I have started journaling again. It helps me to see, day to day, what I have done, what I could have done better, and what needs some improvement. I have some small rewards planned out for each week that I reach all my goals.