It’s a fresh start. A brand new year. 365 days just waiting for me to make them great. And I plan on doing so.
It seems like everyone sets New Year’s Resolutions…I prefer to call them “goals”. And since I’ve learned the SMART method (specific, measureable, attainable, relevant and timely) method of goal setting, I feel like I’ve done a much better job at achieving goals than I have in the past. Putting specifics and a time frame on a goal makes things so much easier!
I feel like I always set TONS of goals, which then becomes overwhelming. So this year, I’m keeping it simple and setting two. I am also going to detail an action plan for making my goals happen, and brainstorm some backups for when LIFE happens – because I know it will.
I’m also a big proponent of giving myself rewards for meeting my goals. No food, of course (not any more) but things that motivate me. Honestly, I’m motivated by pretty much anything, so this is the fun part!
So, without further ado, my 2016 goals:
- Be in the lower end of the weight range (around 195 lbs.) that my surgeon gave to me by May 1, 2015 – my one year surgiversary!
- Run a 5k by my 31st birthday (August 2).
How I’ll achieve these goals:
- Meal plan and prep each week: this will help me have nutritious meals on hand so I am not tempted to go grab something that isn’t the best for my body. I’ll also have a list of alternative options that I can grab from the restaurants around work.
- Track EVERYTHING I eat using MyFitnessPal.
- Head to the gym OR do some form of exercise at home at least 4 days per week for 45 minutes. I’ll do a mix of cardio and strength – so on that note, finding a good strength training program.
- Start the Couch to 5k program and FINISH it this time!
And the fun part, obviously…reward time! I like to go by pounds lost, as this is a good way for me to gauge whether or not my efforts fit in with the eating plan provided by my nutritionist/surgeon. I used to include new clothes as a reward, but I lose weight so rapidly I count them as a necessity now! I have about another 80 or so pounds to go to hit my surgeon’s goal weight for me, and then I’ll stop and re-evaluate then.
- 10 lbs lost: Pedicure (I so rarely get these when it’s cold out)
- 20 lbs lost: Massage!
- 30 lbs lost: New workout outfit
- 40 lbs lost: New phone case
- 50 lbs lost: New tattoo (I am so addicted!)
- 60 lbs lost: Spa day!
- 70 lbs lost: New designer purse (also obsessed with these…)
- 80 lbs lost: Shopping spree! (Also, by this point, I’ll probably need it!)
Join me as I work my way through 2016 – my year to get happy and healthy, once and for all!
Share with me: do you set goals? What do you do to reward yourself?