I am a list maker. If I am going to do anything, I am probably going to make some kind of check list or schedule that I need to follow in order to get something done. So when I started trying to lose weight and live healthier I found it that it was very helpful to sit down and write out some of my goals. Sometimes setting goals can be a tricky task: you don’t want to set a goal that is impossible to reach, but you also don’t want to set a goal that is not challenging enough. So what I ended up doing was breaking my goals up into different categories. First, I have an ultimate goal weight that I would like to reach. At the moment, that goal weight is set at 140 lbs, though I realize that as I get closer to that weight I might have to adjust it a few pounds. Looking at how far I would have to go to actually reach that goal, I felt a little discouraged. So the next thing I did was break that goal up into a bunch of smaller goals, in 10 pound and 50 pound increments. In order to track my progress, I made a giant poster and put it up in my room to remind me that the little goals are just as important and just as rewarding as the big ones, because over time they start to add up.
While my progress poster has definitely helped motivate me to work hard and keep trying to lose weight, I also started keeping track of some goals in my journal. There’s something about setting a goal for yourself and then actually reaching that goal, big or small, that pushes you to do better, work harder, and set more goals. And it doesn’t have to always be about weight loss. I actually try to set at least one goal each week that has something to do with improving my own well being. This can be anything from getting enough sleep each night, taking a break from the computer for a while, taking time to read a new book, or anything that you can do to help better yourself. Maybe you want to spend more time with your kids. Maybe you want to focus on not stressing out so much. Or maybe you just want to take some time each day to relax and have fun. We all have something we want to improve on, so why not take a little extra time our of your day to be creative and find ways to become a better you?
The reason I wanted to talk about goal setting today is because I want to start sharing some of my goals with you guys. Not only do I think it will help me stay accountable to myself, but it will give me someone else to be accountable to. But this isn’t all about me. I want you guys to join me and set some goals for yourself. It doesn’t have to be every week, but I want to encourage you to sit down and write out what it is you want to accomplish. It can be long-term or short-term. It can be simple or it can be extreme. Whatever it is you want to do with your life, don’t put it off any longer. You don’t have to wait for the first of the year to set new goals for yourself. YouTube vlogger Shay Carl always says that “the secrets to life are hidden behind the word ‘cliché.'” Well, as a writer I normally make it a goal not to use cliché’s, but Shay is on to something here. We’ve heard them all: work hard, never give up, you can do anything if you just put your mind to it. There’s a reason these things are cliché’s. You don’t have to wait until next month or next week. Live your life knowing that today is the first day of the rest of your life – don’t put off living for another moment.
Okay, now that I’m done ranting, here’s my goals for this week:
- Diet – I usually try to stay away from the word ‘diet,’ but in this case I am talking about what I eat, not some crazy quick fix that is supposed to make me look like J Lo in two weeks. My goal for this week is to work on eating more fruits and veggies and less processed food. If it’s housed in a box that has one or two paragraphs listed under ‘ingredients’ and I can’t pronounce half of those “ingredients,” then I’m not putting it into my body. (Side note: I am going to a winter retreat this weekend, so I won’t have much of a choice on Saturday and part of Sunday. However, I am going to do my best to make the healthiest choices available to me. Also, I plan on bringing some apples and bananas and a few other things for healthy snacks)
- Water! – Drinking plenty of water is super important. Not only is it important in keeping you properly hydrated, but it will also help you to not feel as hungry as often throughout the day. If you aren’t drinking enough water, you may misinterpret your body’s way of telling you that you need water as it telling you that you need food. My goal is to drink at least 100 ounces of water each day. This is something that I struggle with, so I really want to work on it this week.
- Journal – Writing in my journal is one of my favorite ways to relax. It helps me wind down at the end of the day, and it also helps me to think through how I am doing on my other goals. My goal for this week is to write in my journal every day.
It may not seem like much, but it’s a start. Comment below and share some of the goals you want to work on are!