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New Year Goals

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

I love the new year, and the sense of fresh beginnings that it offers. What possibilities are ahead? What dreams do I have? How do I build a plan to achieve my dreams? The new year always inspires me to new aspirations, and as I grow older, the reality that our time here on this earth is not unlimited grows clearer. Time to act!

After a festive holiday season, with my older son and new wife home, and his younger brother, his girlfriend and their new puppy celebrating with my husband and me, I am ready to get serious again. It was wonderful and all I hoped it would be but definitely not conducive to fitness or weight loss. But a new year offers fresh opportunities to be the best possible me!

I’ve done this before and I can do it again, with SMART goals and a good plan. Smart goals are:

Specific
Measurable
Achievable
Results-focused
Time-bound.

I want to lose 27 pounds by July. This is specific and measurable. It is achievable, with a clear plan. It is results-focused, as opposed to measuring the input (calories tracked, workouts completed, etc). And ti is time-bound.

Two major issues have been impeding my success and I have a plan to deal with them.

The last 6 months have put a damper on exercise, with a serious neck problem putting the kibosh on the triathlon training I began in April. It seems to be improving and the neurosurgeon I saw recommended limiting activity only to manage symptoms, which was a huge relief. So, I plan to resume regular exercise, starting with no to low impact exercise, adding running back in slowly to be sure the impact doesn’t bother my neck. Training for events has always been a primary motivator for exercise, but for now, I need to shift my goals to working out solely for fitness. With my work schedule, I need to get up early to exercise, but I’ve done this for most of my adult life and I can surely do it again. Clear plans, early bedtimes, workout clothes laid out and ready will help me achieve this goal.

The other problem I’ve been facing is lack of meal planning. I often get home from work at 6:30 or later, and if dinner is not easy to prepare, I often succumb to my husband’s generous offer to take me out to dinner, which will doubtless result in an addition of at least 300 calories to the daily total. So this year, I will plan and prepare our weekday dinners the weekend before. More soups, stews and casseroles. Less meat, more vegetables, beans and grains. Not rocket science but it takes discipline.

I’ll keep myself motivated by remembering WHY I want to lose weight… I want to feel fit and strong again. I want to fit into my favorite clothes and enjoy shopping again. I want to like what i see when I look in the mirror. And borrowing from ONEKIDSMOM, I want to feel like my best self!

Happy New Year and happy sparking to all my sparkling friends! Let’s make it a good one!
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