Welcome to day one of our goal setting week!
Today we're going to take a big picture view of setting goals, because I feel like in order to really get to the core of our goals, we need to understand how they work.
Every January, we have big dreams for our lives. And, if you're anything like me, those dreams fade before I even turn the calendar to Feb. 1. The good news (if you can call it that) is we're not alone. Approximately 92 percent of people who make resolutions see them all the way through. So, that means only 8 percent of us stick with our goals in any given year. Author Jon Acuff puts it another way in his book "Finish." We have the same chance of ever getting accepted into the Julliard school of performing arts in our lifetime as we do fulfilling our resolutions.
What's the deal with that?
I wish I had THE answer for you. I know for me, there have been a variety of reasons I've fallen short of my dreams. Most of them boil down to two main issues:
FEAR and PERFECTIONISM.
These lovely things go together like peanut butter and jelly. Fear of failure ties in so well with my perfectionism.
If you can relate, then I want to let you know I understand and want to help you figure out how to make this year better.
So, the first thing I did when thinking about my 2019 goals was this: a mental dump. It doesn't sound amazing, but trust me, it helps.
Write down all the things you'd love to accomplish. Do not limit yourself. There is no time limit or expense limit right now. You need to get all the clutter out of your head before you start sorting through it.
So, today, set aside a few minutes to do a mental dump of what you'd like to accomplish. I don't care if it's weight related or not. Just write it down somewhere! Even if it seems like a crazy goal, write it down. No one is gonna see it but you, unless you decide to share.
Then, tomorrow, be ready to make some treasure out of the clutter that's been clogging up your brain.
See you tomorrow!
It's the new year and you know what that means, right? Time to talk about setting some goals. That's great and all, but what if you're not even sure where to start? And, what if you've set goals before, only to see them slip away. Pretty discouraging, right?
If you're feeling lost about even starting on setting some goals, then you need to check in all next week. I've spent the past month or so doing some research about goals, including why most people drop their New Year's Resolutions within a few days or weeks of making them, what holds people back and how to even create manageable goals. I plan to share the best of what I've found, some of the goals I've set and how I plan on attacking them this year.
And, if you have any specific questions you'd like addressed next week, drop me a comment and let me know. We're here to work through this together!
So, mark your calendar for Monday--finally something to look forward to on the first day of the work week. Consider it your first goal for 2019 (if you haven't made any already, that is!)
See you then!
I'm starting to learn that my 5K training is a delicate balance of working on improving a number of factors: increasing speed, extending my endurance, slowing my breathing and avoiding injury. That's a lot of crap to juggle as I push this body forward each day.
When I started training months ago, my focus was strictly on time. And, yeah, that's still pretty important to me. The Disney Princess 5K run recommends a 16-min mile pace. So, that typically looms large in my muddled mind.
However, after injuring myself over the summer by relentlessly pursuing perfection, I learned I need to dial it back, no matter how impatient I may be.
Every time the lessons come back to patience: with my body, my expectations, the scale. Ugh.
This week, I tweaked my left calf/shin. I ran two workouts in a row where I didn't stop once to walk. The accomplishment I felt was undeniable. But, yesterday I had to make a choice. Chase after that specific accomplishment once more or rest up and try again another day. I opted to pass on the run and see what today would bring.
Today's 20-minute 5K training session tempted me to try to run the whole thing, as I had previously. Instead, I chose to stick with my walk/run intervals, but allowing my body to dictate the run time and walk time. It turns out listening to my body is actually working. Go figure, right?
For only the second time, my overall pace was below 15 minutes. Am I excited? Damn straight I am! My heart rate was lower than the last time I did it, too.
I'm taking care of my body and I truly believe it is now giving back and working to help me take care of myself. Yeah, it sounds weird. But, I'm kinda weird, so....
Today's workout takeaway: this is not a full-race pace for me. I couldn't complete a full 5K at this level. At least not now. For my next long run, slated for 2.5 miles on Monday, I plan to take the first 1.5 miles or so a little slower so I can pace myself for the long haul. The goal is to finish and to end it strong—not like I want to keel over and die!
Weight Watchers (now known as WW or Wellness Works - sorry, it will always be Weight Watchers for me!) dropped its anticipated update to its app today.
Last week on my Facebook page, I talked about WW's big TV announcement about their rebranding and the predictable hysteria from members that followed. After much hand wringing and speculating, the new app is here and I thought I'd share a quick tour of the latest app update, including the new rewards program.
Let me know what you think of the changes? Do you like them? What rewards have you excited?
When it's Friday, it's time to share some confessions! Today, it's all about something small that can make an significant impact on weight loss progress: BLT's. And, no, it's not a sandwich.
What am I talking about? Watch and see!
You go Monday through Friday and do an amazing job! Your eating is on track and you're feeling fabulous. But, something happens on the weekends that mucks everything up.
What's the deal with that? In my weekly Car Confessional Video, I chat a little about how I used to look at weekends and what I'm doing about this weekend, which has a day trip and two birthday celebrations to work into my plans. Yes, there's the hint: Plans!
How do you handle weekends? Do you take them "off" or is it business as usual?
I'm Marie. I'm working toward a 200 lb. weight loss goal. I'm doing it with baby steps. Follow my journey here.
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