It's time again to reflect on goals for a successful year ahead. I am already looking forward to being slimmer this summer. I am motivated to be a size or two slimmer by June so that I can enjoy the summer and all the activities it has to offer. I'd also like to wear some cute summer clothes. They would look a lot better on a slimmer me.
Goals are: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely
Specific: I am still using my FitBit for general activity. I am used to getting 10,000 steps daily so now it's time to up the number a bit. This next month or so I will aim for 12,000 steps daily as well as having a few days of 15,000-20,000 steps. I have done it before so I know it's doable, especially when I add in a few Zumba classes. Love how that racks up the steps!
I will continue to go to two classes a week of Cardio Sculpt and add in two more sessions of my own routine consisting of routines I have learned from New Rules of Lifting, ChaLEAN X-Treme DVDs, Gilad DVDs and a new DVD circuit from Jackie Warner. I'll mix things up whenever possible. I also have a new punching bag in my basement so I plan on doing a little boxing, too. Cardio will consist of Zumba, brisk walking and HIIT circuits. Biking will have to wait until the weather gets better.
I will aim for an average of 70 minutes of intentional exercise, six days a week. Or, a total of 420 minutes weekly.
I started working again with a Dietician so food will be tracked and adjusted accordingly. Foods will be as clean and as close to nature as possible. Organic whenever possible and lots of green veggies, lean protein, non-fat dairy and limited whole grains. I will avoid sugar and empty calories.
Measurable: Would like to lose at least 7 pounds or 5% of body weight for this round of BLC. I ultimately want to lose 20-25 pounds. Would love to see a few inches gone as well, maybe more so than the weight.
Attainable: Yes, I think so.
Relevant: Losing weight and/or inches is important to me for many reasons. Health being the number one reason. Instead of fixating on the scale, I think I am at a point where I want to fixate on healthy habits day in and day out. It's too easy to be influenced by what the scale says, good or bad. I'd rather do what's right and let the chips fall where they may. As long as I keep up with the exercise and eat right I think it'll all even out and I will eventually find myself at a happy weight.
Timely: Absolutely :-) Now is the perfect time for me to improve my exercise habits and focus on health. I love to bike and to hike and hope to be ready by summer.
- Meditation/Self-Hypnosis for weight loss. I have a couple apps on my iPad that I've been listening to. I really think the sub-conscious mind helps or hinders progress dependent upon your subconscious beliefs (which can actually be contrary to your conscious beliefs). I will continue to listen to the tapes weekly.
- Self exploration: Read one to two inspirational books that help break through self-limitations.
- Balance: Find a good balance between goals, family, spirituality and work. Give some extra time to my teens. They will be off living their own lives soon enough. Relish the time I have with them daily.
Yoga/Stretching: Be brave enough to try out a yoga class this year. Gain some flexibility.