Monday, January 2, 2012

New Year, New Goals

I don't make resolutions, I make goals.

I've read that statement so many times in the last week or so that it sounds almost cliche--but it's true (for me, at least.)  I feel like resolutions are overly broad statements, while goals are specific and measurable.  I teach my students to set SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely), so my personal goals generally follow those guidelines--even if I don't formally delineate each step.

For the past few years, I've set a specific, fitness-related goals for myself, which I've tracked via the magical spreadsheet.  In 2010 my goal was to get in the habit of exercising regularly (twice per week.)  In 2011, my goal was to workout at least 10 times per month--and as you already know, I smashed that goal.  

I've mentioned several times that the big, overall goal that I'm working towards is finding balance in my life.  Because I feel like I'm pretty firmly rooted in my workout habits, my focus is going to be on becoming healthy in other, more well-rounded ways.  Leslie Bradshaw's "5 Things I Am Doing to Live A Better Life" is definitely providing both an inspiration and a starting point for my goals.

So, without any further ado, here they are:
  • Exercise 3 days per week, Every Week.  This one should be a "gimme."  Last year, there were a total of 5 weeks when I only exercised once or twice.  I never took a week off--and I had way more weeks where I worked out 4-7 (or more) times.  However, I think it's important to include exercise as a part of my goals for the year so that I'm not tempted to neglect the habits I've worked to develop over the past two years.
  • Eat Better, Eat Regularly, Eat Better Regularly.  I tend to forget (yes, forget) to eat breakfast--and sometimes lunch too--on many occasions at work.  When I don't plan well enough to pack breakfast and lunch, I end up eating fast food, snacking on the generally unhealthy munchies left in the office, or eating from the school cafeteria.  When I am diligent about packing (and eating!) breakfast/lunch, I have a lot more energy.  Crazy, right?
  • Plan.  Make Plans. Stick to the Plan.  Plan breakfast/lunch ahead of time, then pack it and eat it.  Make plans with friends in advance.  Plan to spend more time with Duff Man.  Plan enough time to get from one place to another.  Difficult to track?  Maybe.  Important?  Definitely.
I'll be tracking my progress through my spreadsheet (as usual) and will update periodically on the blog here.  I've got a few other goals I've been playing around with in my head, but I think I'll keep the official list short and sweet in order to keep it manageable.  

What are your goals for 2012?

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