Do you ever feel adrift in your health journey (or life in general)? You kind of know what you want, but you aren't really sure how to get there. This is where setting goals comes in handy. Goals are great for helping you think about what you want, develop steps and plans to get there, and bring your vision into fruition. They give you direction and help you know where to focus your efforts.
How do I make good goals? How do I create goals that don't leave me so overwhelmed with the BIG PICTURE that I can't really see all the little roads I need to take to get me there?
Good goals are specific. You can measure them. They are realistic. They have a time frame.
I may want to be 130 pounds again like I was in high school, but honey that will never happen because my body has developed and changed--it's not realistic and I'd look like walking death. You may want to "improve your blood work." Ok, so by how much, and which category on your blood panel are you focusing on? "I want to lean up." How do you measure that? "I want to run a half marathon." When do you want to run it? Have an end date so you work like there is a deadline.
Sit down and write out your goals. Set long term goals and short term goals that will help you get to your big picture. When you're having moments where you want to throw in the towel, go back and read them. Keep them easily accessible and visible. Pin them to your fridge if you need a reminder for why you're not wanting to open it and look for snacks after dinner. Stick them on your bathroom mirror so you're reminded in the morning and at night. Tape them on your dashboard or in your wallet by your debit card so you'd have to see them if you're buying food at the drive thru.
Need some help sticking to your plan/goals? I find that sharing my goals and intentions with others will keep my toes held to the fire. Share your goals with others and find some accountability partners! You don't need to go this alone.
Once you reach your goals, celebrate, and then make new goals. Never stop growing and challenging yourself.
To recap: the task for today is to sit down and write your goals. If you're comfortable, share yours below!