I’ve written briefly about identifying goals but wanted to revisit the topic because I think it’s incredibly important for maintaining your priorities. One of the hardest things for me about becoming a mom was learning how to not push myself all the way to the bottom of the priority list. Now, let’s be real – your kids and family will probably always come first. But if it comes at the expense of your health, are you really helping them in the long run? Probably not. So, how can you find a way to make sure exercise and fitness plans remain on your radar? Let me walk through how I formalized my fitness/health goals.
WRITE DOWN SPECIFIC GOALS
For me, one of the keys to adhering to a fitness program has been to formally write out my goals. And not only writing down goals, but making them specific. You can certainly revise and modify as necessary, but having something written down to come back to is a great first step to remembering what things you need to tackle. This also helps you have a benchmark, something to aim for. How do you know if you’re making progress if you aren’t sure where the finish line is located? Here are some of my most recent goals:
- Start taking a daily multivitamin
- Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day
- Limit to only 2 cans of soda
- Eat at least 4 fruits/veggies
- Work out 3 x during the week
- Use a food diary to keep track of meals, eating patterns
- Complete three different races by June 2011
PRIORITIZE YOUR GOALS
The seven goals listed above are in no particular order (on purpose) to emphasize that you need to take inventory of where you’re at and come up with a plan that allows you to focus on the most important things first. For me, I think #6 would be the best one to start with because I think that will help me address #2, #3, #4.
TACKLE THINGS ONE ITEM AT A TIME
This might seem a little counterintuitive to moms. You’re constantly running around now. You routinely have to tackle multiple things at once. HOWEVER, if you really want to manage making some healthy changes don’t try to bite all of these things off at once. Change can be stressful and fear-inducing. You want to make these transitions feel as seamless as possible for them to stick. Individually your goals might not seem like that difficult to reach but collectively they can be trickier than you think…give yourself a fighting chance.
In a series of other posts, I’ll document my progress towards reaching my own goals and would challenge you to come up with some on your own. Pressure’s on now!!