How to Make a Goal

So, now that you are working on beating the excuse monster, how about we work on setting some goals??

First, figure out what your goal is. Do you want to lose 5lbs? Get in shape? Run a race? Firm/tone up? Just be more fit in general? Remember to make your goal reasonable. This is not the Biggest Loser, this is real life where you don’t lose 8lbs in a week and that’s ok!! Realize that things are probably going to take longer than you’d like.

Second, you need to figure out the why. The what won’t matter if there is no why behind it. Say you want to lose 20lbs….why exactly do you want to lose weight? I bet that almost all women asked would say that wanted to lose some weight. But why? Is it because we are so inundated with diet and weight loss information and pressure to be thin in our society that we all automatically assume we need to lose weight or be skinnier? If so, this is not a good reason. It’s not a positive reason. Positive reasons for goals make you willing to work that much harder. So, instead maybe you want to lose 20lbs to prepare for a beach vacation. Or to get in shape so you can run your first 5k. Or just to feel better and healthier in general. Really think about why you want to change, that way on days when you are feeling down and less-than-motivated you have a concrete reminder that you really do want to do this!! To me, the why is more important than the what.

3rd, figure out how. How are you going to reach your goal? Having a specific plan in place vs. just winging it will make it more likely that you can reach your goal. Are you going to join a gym? Buy some fitness DVDs? Subscribe to a fitness magazine for workout ideas? If you want to run a race, try starting the Couch to 5k Program, I have heard great things about it. To make things more reasonable/less intimidating, I often break up my larger goal into smaller, weekly goals. That way you still have an end goal in mind, but it is less overwhelming to work on a little at a time.

That being said, here are my November Goals:

  • Specific race goals for Saturday (coming later in the week)
  • After the race vary my fitness/training routine – strength training, pilates, and maybe some step classes at the gym
  • But still keep running. Long run on Saturdays (from now on, my “long run” will probably max out at 7 miles. I doubt I will remain in double-digit shape throughout the winter)
  • Find a 5k for Thanksgiving day. Run to eat!
  • Have a healthy, vegan, and awesome Thanksgiving spread (ideas to come!)
  • Time change is Sunday. Which means no more sunny evenings. To make sure I still get some sun and vitamin D in my life I want to start taking 15-20 minute walks on my lunch break (as long as it’s not snowing!)

And because it’s Monday and you probably need a little pick-me-up (also, just because I want to) here are some cute kitten pictures!!


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