Happy first Monday of the new year everyone! Did you make any resolutions? If so, did you create an action plan to ensure you won’t fall off the bandwagon?
Like so many of you, the pandemic put a halt to my fitness routine and the lack of inactivity is beginning to show physically, mentally, and emotionally. Believe me when I say I am dreading my annual checkup next month. My biggest fear is that the doctor is going to tell me I have diabetes. What can I say? I love chocolate, cheese, and bread.
For decades, I would workout like a fiend. The results were a rockin’ size 4 body and enough energy to keep up with even the most active toddlers.
Now, at a sluggish size 8, it takes me two days to recoup after spending a day with these same toddlers. It’s been weighing heavily on my mind (no pun intended) and it’s beginning to affect how I feel about myself. I haven’t been motivated to do anything.
You are free to choose, but you are not free from the consequences of your choice. – UNIVERSAL PARADOX
Like so many of you, I vow to take control of my health this year by implementing a realistic jogging routine, while practicing mindful eating. I thought I’d start small and work my way up to jogging two miles a day, just like before.
I know it’s not going to be easy. I’ve neglected my health for almost a year now. But thankfully, I wrote down a doable action plan, and I have a tracking monitor to update me on my progress.
I’m also adding the floor exercise routine below to the mix. In the past, this routine would immediately follow my two-mile run. It is the perfect core strengthening routine and it really does work.
Referencing my studies in Organizational Leadership, I have set S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely) goals to help keep me on task.
Here is what my S.M.A.R.T. goal looks like:
I will jog two miles a day, without stopping, by August 31, 2021; fit into a size 6 comfortably; and be able to spend the day chasing my toddlers without needing two days to recoup.
To accomplish this, I will start small by jogging once around my block, three days a week, followed by a complete set of floor exercises. I will gradually increase the number of times and frequency I jog around the block each week, which will move me closer to reaching my goal of jogging two miles a day without stopping.
My goals are (S)pecific;
(M)easurable: tracking my progress by the number of times I am able to run around my block;
(A)ttainable: because I am starting small (three days a week) and working my way up to my goal;
(R)ealistic: because I am giving myself eight months to accomplish them; and
(T)ime frame is clear as to when I want to accomplish my goal; remembering to celebrate the small victories along the way.
AND, I’ll be checking in with you on a weekly basis to let you know about my progress. How’s that for accountability?
If you’d like to create you own S.M.A.R.T. goals, I’ve included this SMART GOALS TEMPLATE you can download. Let us know what your S.M.A.R.T. Goals are in the “Comments” below and keep us in the loop of your progress.
Until then, stay beautiful, motivated, and fearless.