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Setting Goals

Saturday, April 06, 2013

I love to set goals. I make checklists, worksheets, etc. And I set lots of goals. I don't know how many times that I've set goals on this blog and then not followed through. I went to a workshop recently where I was shown a chart that looks something like this:

Goals set:--------1-3-------4-10----
Goals met:-------1-3--------0-1-----

It was an eye-opener. My SparkCoach video today was on goal setting. So I am setting three goals - one in each of the recommended Spark areas - Nutrition, Fitness, and Weight Loss. The video said to break it down into short, medium, and long term goals. So, here goes.

Nutrition - Short term goal: eat 2+ fruits/veggies per day. Medium term goal: switch breads to whole grain. Long term goal: eat healthy foods. I know it's not specific enough, but I am making small changes to get to that goal. So, I am starting here and want to accomplish my short term goal in 2 weeks and my long term goal in a month.

Fitness - Short term goal: exercise for 10 minutes a day, 4 days a week. Medium term goal: exercise for 10 minutes a day, 6 days a week. Long term goal: exercise for 10 minutes a day 3 days a week and 30 minutes a day 3 days a week. Two weeks for each step.

Weight loss - Short term goal: add to my weight loss journal (writing, drawing, or clipping something motivating like an image, video, or quote) 5 days a week. Medium term goal: plan my day in my journal every day so I know I will have time to exercise, journal, etc. Long term goal: track my foods in my journal every day.

I need to type these up and post them everywhere - in my lunchbox, at work, at home, in my car. I didn't exercise the past two days because I didn't think to - I get busy and forget that I'm supposed to be watching what I eat or exercising. I need to plan my time better.

Now to get my shoes on because I'm going hiking!!
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    1837 days ago
    Sound like a good plan. You can do it.
    1838 days ago
    I think it's important that people should set reasonable goals so that they don't get overwhelmed. No one ever became a healthy eater overnight. It's impossible. However, setting small short term goals will help us achieve our long term goal.

    Enjoy your hike !

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    1838 days ago
  • BILL60
    You're slowly but surely dong it.
    1838 days ago
    I relate to your blog so much. I love to set up goals and the associated systems to track them, but actually using those systems - not so much. I also find myself forgetting what I was going to do in the surge of doing what I have to do.

    Limited goals and concrete reminders sounds like a winner!

    The hiking sounds wonderful.
    1838 days ago
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