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February goals and the thinking that goes into it

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

It's a funny thing trying to come up with new goals for February that are realistic and achievable, but also a challenge. I looked through all the Fast Break Goals and found I could break them into categories:

1) I already do it, so there's not much challenge to it
2) I know that doing it now isn't feasible
3) I have no interest in it as a habit for me
4) It's not really applicable to me

This is not to say there aren't some great goals in there. It's just that in terms of planning some February goals, nothing jumps out of that list to say “Oh, yeah, lemme do this!”

I will do my usual weight goal. But I don't consider weight my real focus – it's a side effect of what I'm doing, and a good measure each month of the all-around effect of tracking food, drinking water, and working out. I'm also a little ahead of myself since my January goal was stably at or below 220 and I've been 215 today and yesterday.

I was thinking to aim for lower sodium, but was frustrated that the SP tracker doesn't show it as a column. I just discovered a report that shows me the sodium column. I'm a little shocked at where a big chunk is coming from and need to actually check the nutrition label since it's something I used the generic listing for … cottage cheese.

Beyond that, I've been feeling a bit stuck to come up with a goal. February having 29 days makes it tempting to have a set of 4 weekly goals and then leap day to combine them or review them or something. But what to do ...

After coming up short, I spent part of this afternoon searching around on the internet on the topic of goals. First I came across a George Harrison (yes, the Beatle) quote:

If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there.”

And then I came across this site / webpage and the initial introduction:

If I was as organized and as purposeful as I wished to be I would…

Now those really hit home. One thing I'm really lacking in, and have been for a long time, are dreams.

Certainly I have plenty of hazy ideas of what I want / need. I want to be healthy and fit, to be financially sound, to overcome my emotional baggage, to go back to school and change careers. But, similar to my goal weight, it's more of a nebulous and changeable target that is just to point me in the right direction. I don't know where I'm going any more than a settler pointing west and always aiming for the setting sun.

I do have dreams of a sort, maybe – I know what I'd like to do if I won the lotto and had a few million dollars. But I consider those daydreams, not the kind of dreams to build goals and priorities and a life toward.


No, this isn't mid-life crisis stuff. Even if I never create dreams, I do constantly work toward improving my condition, toward better survival. I am an optimistic realist – I see it how it is and I think it can be better if I work for it.

So the next step in my adventure, I think, is deciding to go somewhere rather than just aiming myself in what is generally the right direction.

I need to flesh out my health and fitness goals a bit more. Most notably, I need to put the results I want into positive terms. Right now most of my idea is that I want balance, so I don't want to be the gym-goer who spends 1-2 hours on cardio daily, grunts through extreme weights to tone. I don't want to eat tofu and sprouts and reject sugar or bread or pasta. Those are all negatives to indicate what, in my mind, is going too far for me. I need to draw the positives.

In addition, I need to flesh out my dreams in other areas – career, relationships, community service (volunteering), creative writing, hobbies, and more.

I need to figure out what my big rocks actually are.


February Goals

1) Weight stably at or below 210
2) Keep sodium consumption below 3200mg
3) Each week decide on one long-term goal each for health and fitness
4) On the last day, use the long-term goals to create at least two March goals
5) Pick one other life category and work out a goal to work toward
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    Your February goals sound good to me. Maybe your big rocks could come from envisioning yourself in five years talking to yourself today--that's one that generally gets me able to better clarify what I want to be doing.

    Thanks for your comment on my blog, and best of luck with those goals.
    2272 days ago
  • SAMI199
    I still am working on mine-they need to be tightened up & much more short-term.I like the way tou broke yours up.

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    2272 days ago
  • TK421BETH
    Wow, your blog(s) are so well written. Mine are filled with emoticons, 'awesome' and 'damn', hahaha!!!!!

    I love your goals! You inspired me to list a February goal as well! I'm stealing your idea! emoticon

    Good luck! You go this, girl!!!

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    2273 days ago
    Sounds like you are sort things out in a good way.
    2273 days ago
    emoticon GREAT GOALS !!! emoticon
    2273 days ago
    Great goals. I track my sodium also. The less processed food you eat the easier it it to make your sodium goals. emoticon
    2273 days ago
  • LGAR519
    I am really bad about setting goals. I never had to do it in my life before. I have cut down on my salt intake. I use to have a little food with my salt! ha!
    2273 days ago
    I think that tracking and limiting sodium is a loft goal all by itself. Even if you don't eat many "processed" foods, Americans stuff sodium into everything and tracking that is going to take some effort. (More than I'm willing to give myself. Well, that and I love to drink pickle juice as a snack, so sodium control for me at this stage of my spark is nigh on impossible...)

    I like the flexibility but also the specificity of your feb goals, and that you're using february to provide the ground work for march-- and I may have to add some weekly goals in for mine, too, February is great for that....
    2273 days ago
    I had the same reaction to the fast break goals...none really work for me because I do most of them already.
    You seem to be doing great either way so keep it up! emoticon
    2273 days ago
    I've started tracking my saturated fat intake too as well as fat. I wanted to make sure I was eating the right fats. I probably should look at my salt intake! Eek!
    2273 days ago
    My Feb. goal is to run 5km.

    I'm amazed by how much salt is in foods. I try not to add it or add less. But you have a plan and goals and seem on the right track.
    2273 days ago
    Sounds like you have it going in the right direction! Each month I choose a fitness goal, a nutrition goal, and a personal goal that has nothing to do with health or fitness. Some months it's a simple as cleaning out a corner of the storage area. Other months it's a bit more complicated.

    For February I'd just like to de-stress and get back on track.
    2274 days ago
  • SASSY5468
    You really are a good writer! :)

    Sounds like you and I are in the same place with life goals! I also want to go back to school to change careers to one that I care about more. I did start volunteering at the food shelf in my city. It's great because the time slots are only 1.5 hours, so it's easy to fit into my schedule. Plus, since I'm a couponer, I get free stuff and shove it in a bag and when it's full I drop it off to them. It's the simple things that make a big difference sometimes :)

    I wish you well with your goals and life changes! It will be great to see how our plans work out :)

    2274 days ago
    You can do this. You really are pointed in the right direction. We just have to take it one day at a time.
    2274 days ago
  • 50ISNEW30
    emoticon Sounds like you are building a life plan you can work with. I wish you well on the journey.
    A friend I used to work with always bought salf-free cottage cheese. She said there is no way she could go back to the regular now.
    2274 days ago
  • KANOE10
    Good luck with your February goals. They sound healthy. You are definitely trying to change your life.
    The salt is a hard one. Look for salt free spices; salt free fajita, salt free curry, salt free chili.
    Good luck. You can do it. emoticon
    2274 days ago
  • JEANIE07
    its hard with goals, to set something that you know will challenge you but enciurag you enough to do it. you have et yrslef some monthly ones but i think the ones that you want to achive longterm are so much more positive

    i wish you well in the next 4weeks and look forward to watching you

    take care
    2274 days ago
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