Happy New Year!
To help ensure my 2013 gets off to a healthy start, I am participating in Fitness Cheerleader’s 31 Days to a Healthier You. The idea behind the challenge is to make one small healthy change every day. Each day, Janice will email a challenge.
Today’s challenge was to set some SMART Goals. Click here to learn just what a SMART goal is.
I have decide rather than set a bunch of big goals for the whole year, I am going to focus on getting January off to a good start, and hopefully be able to continue on with them throughout the year.
Here are my goals:
1. Lose 5 pounds by March 5th. This one goes a bit beyond the end of January. I would be quite happy if I can accomplish this goal by the end of January, but I’ve selected the March 5th date as my absolute deadline as it will mark a year since I began my official Pursuit of Happiness and Skinny Jeans. And losing 5 pounds will make it a total of 20lbs lost in a year. I’ve been stalled at my current weight for quite a while, gaining and losing the same couple of pounds. I need to get focused and finally shake those last 5lbs to the curb for good.
2. Workout or have some sort of physical activity 5 days a week. This will be a combination of workouts, running, hockey and whatever else I can squeeze in there. I will use BobHarper.com workouts as a big part of this, as well as the newly discovered FitnessBlender.com workouts. I’ve got a weekly hockey game and I hope to run a bit as well. I really need to figure out what I’m going to do running-wise. I am not a natural runner. It is hard for me and I don’t really like it, so I’ll need to figure all that out.
3. Eat only clean snacks for one month. This one will actually be quite a challenge for me, since it will require that I do a lot of planning and preparation to ensure I’ve got healthy snacks a the ready. I am heading back to work tomorrow, and I have no idea what I’ve got on hand for healthy snacks. I think I’ve got some almonds and dried cranberries in the cupboard…I sure hope so.
4. No diet soda for a month. This one will be tough. Not so much at home, since I tend to not have pop in the house regularly. I just finished my last diet pop of my holiday case of pop tonight while writing this post…and I just won’t buy any, so that will be easy. The big challenge will be at 3pm at work. I hit a bit of a wall at that time and enjoy a nice tall glass of diet pop with lots of ice. I don’t think it’s a caffeine thing, I just like the refreshment of it…the cool bubbles feel good. I will try to drink club soda with a splash of cranberry juice if I need a “bubble fix” and otherwise I will try just drink water or some tea.
So, there they are. Nothing earth shattering, but all will go a long way to improve my overall health and fitness. Plus, they are all realistic, and if I focus and stay on track, there is no reason why they all can’t be be attained by the end of the month.
Have you set your goals? Are they SMART?