Finding Your ‘Why’ and Setting Goals

Hey y’all. Today we’re stepping back from workouts and food and all that. Right back to the very basics. Something you should do first before anything else. This will help you set your goals and keep you working for them.

Finding your ‘why’. That’s what we’re doing today. So, grab a pen and paper and write down WHY you are coming to these fitness blogs. Do you want to lose weight? Eat better? Be healthier? Got that?

Good! Now, break that down. WHY do you want to do that? Is there an event coming up, an outfit you want to get back into, or do you just want to be the best version of yourself that you can be? Maybe you want to set an example for your kids or just do all you can to be around as long as you can. Whatever the reason, write it down.

Setting SMART goals -

Have you heard the term SMART goals before? It’s a pretty genius (or smart, haha) tool to use when you’re setting goals. Goal themselves can be overwhelming if you throw yourself head first into something too widespread. Creating SMART goals helps you break it all down into something you can work toward and finish!

SMART goals must be –

  • Specific – Think back to your why. Now that you know what you want and why you want it be specific with your goal setting. Don’t just write ‘lose weight’…break it into what you want, how long it will take you, and what you’ll do to get there. Example – I want to lose 1-2 lbs a week by moving my body for 3o minutes, 5 days a week.
  • Measurable – To make a measurable goal you must have a starting point and a way to track your progress, like a number. Whether its body fat %, inches lost, or weight lost. Know where you’re starting and find somewhere to start and how to assess your progress. Or maybe instead of just ‘eating better’ you want to keep your calorie intake between 1600-1800 a day.
  • Attainable – This one is important. Don’t set a goal you can’t reach. Whether it’s going to the gym every day when you really don’t have time for it, or running every day when you’re physically unable to achieve it. Set goals you can accomplish, but aren’t too easy. Push yourself!
  • Realistic – To be realistic you must be both willing and able to work toward your goal. Think about what the conditions have to be for you to reach your goal. Setting unrealistic goals can lead to frustration and giving up when they aren’t completed.
  • Timely – Give yourself a deadline! Choose a timeframe that is realistic for your goals. Set small goals that you can accomplish sooner as well as larger, long-term goals but keep them realistic.

Now that you’ve got your goals laid out, give yourself a deadline. Or maybe multiple deadlines. Start with your smaller goals and work further into the future.

Next, what resources do you need achieve those goals? Time, money, knowledge, coaching?  And what do you need to do each day to make progress? Think about anything that might get in the way of those goals and be ready to overcome them. You should also be regularly going back to your goal list and seeing where you are. Are you progressing? If not, what variables need to change to get you on the right track?

Now that you’ve created some goals and figured out your game plan, now all that’s left is to take action! So get out there, do you, and crush those goals.

Stay on track through the holidays

Whew! We’ve made it through Thanksgiving but the holiday season is just getting into full swing. It can be hard to stay on track through the holidays.

This is a really busy time of year filled with parties and sweets and non stop running around and maybe even traveling. Fast food will happen, cookies will be consumed, and workouts will be missed. First thing’s first…

DON’T beat yourself up over it and DON’T fill up with guilt. This is a happy (and my fave) time of year. Enjoy your friends and family and know you’re only human.

Now, with that said, lets think up some ways to try to stay on track. Here are some things you CAN do…

  • Plan ahead. I know I’ve hit a drive through this month due to poor planning. If you know you have an event to be to at a certain time that will interfere with your regular meals then make sure you plan ahead. Either take the time out to make something healthy before you have to be there or meal prep to have something to take with you.
  • Make smart choices. Desert tables are super tempting. Try to resist trying all the things. Choose your fave and stick to one serving.
  • Speaking of servings…holidays mean big dinners. This is the perfect time to practice that portion control we’ve been working on all year. And be sure to load up on your veggies!
  • WATER. Drink it. Wine, cider, and egg nog are delish but don’t forget to get in half your body weight in ounces of water.
  • Move your body. Even if its just a few minutes every day. You might not make the gym a regular stop but do your best to get in some kind of workout as often as you can to keep that metabolism charged up.
  • Have fun! Ok, so maybe this wont always keep you on track but still…have a happy holiday!

Love Yourself.

No recipes or workouts to share today. I just wanted to come here and talk about something that I have been doing, that I KNOW I do, but this week it really hit me how counterproductive I am being in my own progress.

Love Yourself

So, tell me something. If you miss a workout or eat more than you should or maybe eat something that might not be the healthiest option…or maybe ALL of that, all in one day? When you do, do you ever say…

“Man, I just ate that box of donuts and totally hate myself now” or “I hate myself for being too lazy to get in that run today”

I do. I do it ALL the time and I know I am not alone in it. For as much as I have really learned to love myself during this journey, and I DO, I still say that so easily after every slip up. I don’t even like when my kids throw around hate so easily because it’s a big word. Why is it so easy for me to say it to myself?

It needs to stop! We will never truly learn how to love ourselves, as is, if we keep tearing ourselves down. Even if it’s in the most casual, not even thinking about it, kind of way.

This fitness, healthy, LIFE journey we are all on is exactly that. A journey. Valleys and hills, progress and set backs. It’s all part of it. We need to learn to be ok with the bad and be able to push forward to the good.

Lets try something, ok? See how this works out. Really think about how you talk to yourself. Be aware of the things you say, even if it’s just in your head. Now, flip that around. Is that something you would say to your child? Your best friend? Your spouse? I bet it’s not. That’s not how you talk to someone you love. Don’t let that be the way you talk to yourself! Set the example for those around you.

Love yourself.

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