Note: If you’re new here, this is my update on my Six month SMART Goal. If you’re not quite sure what that is, (and believe me, I needed a refresher course on it) read here to get you caught up on SMART Goals. This is good stuff. I am putting a solid SMART goal to the test in my own life, and reporting here weekly.
Specific: Lose 35 pounds by December 31, 2014.
Measurable: Monday morning status report. (Caveat: I planned to post this each Saturday morning, but looking at the weekend usual schedule, I’ve realized that Monday morning will be the best time for consistent reporting. My priorities are to maximize family time and that means Saturdays are family days with Sundays are for worship. Thanks for understanding!)
Achievable: I can do this! I believe I can and I’m doing the work.
Results: Weekly weigh-in updates.
Timeline: ~6 Months
A personal first! Saturday morning our family ran/walked a 1 mile fun run in the local city festival. Sure, that sounds like a simple feat for most people, but I have to tell you that I didn’t sleep much Friday night. Anxiety was rough. It was that feeling that I knew in the morning I’d be showing the world that I’m taking on this extra weight and deliberately fight to get rid of it. I had a sick stomach that morning just from nerves. Driving over there, I was so wound up thinking, “I’m not sure this is a good idea.” If you are fit and run a race a month, you have no idea what I’m talking about. But there are people who get it. If you’re heavy and stuck, the hardest part can be just getting started. You’ve failed before, why try again? That’s what kept going through my mind. Why start again?
Because this is my HEALTH. This is ME. I want to be healthy and I’m willing to make the changes to do so. And, the good new is that it was a small, community event. Perfect for someone just getting started. There were lots of families there. Some people very fit, like always, and some like me. Just getting started. And everyone, EVERYONE was so positive and kind. That’s the part they don’t tell you about. People want you to succeed. They really do.
As we took off my chip came off of my sneaker right at the starting line. Aaaaaah! . I had to move to the side and it took a couple of minutes to try to get it adjusted. I tried and tried to fix it, but no dice. It didn’t work, so we threw it in the stroller. It was only a mile. A flat mile up and back the parade route. I couldn’t run the whole thing. But I did spurts of jogging. Lots of spurts. My husband was running in circles around me in the stroller to keep us laughing! As we were jogging along I was beginning to understand that this is a real journey. I felt a little proud of myself. My husband, my dear, loving husband was cheering me on and our little girl was riding in the stroller just completely happy! It was such a great way to take off. This will not be just my success, but a family success as we all work to getting healthier. We finished. Not in record time, but not the last ones either. That’s the thing I should have reminded myself, too. It’s a race against myself. That’s all this is!
The best moment was watching our little girl run her first race. Ever. It was a few moments of giggling inside as watched her warm up with the kids; stand in a group, with deer in the headlight eyes in total confusion; then as they said, “Go,” she just stood there and watched the bigger kids take off on a run. It was like you could see the lightbulb flash on above her eyes. “Oh, RUN!” And she bounded off following a few feet behind. She was happy to run just like Mom and Dad did.
And, there was a giant inflatable duck. Bonus.
As we were leaving, we talked about how this is a new priority for us. We want to make sure that health is a priority for our family and keep our little one involved. The best way for us to do that is to make fitness fun. Really fun!
So, whew. After the saga, please allow me to report my “Habits Checklist” to keep up with this goal.
Did I SIMPLIFY and FOCUS?
Yes and no. Yes, because I was really focused on reporting what I ate, except for the weekend. And no, because exercise was off. Which brings me to…
Did I make exercise a daily habit?
Exercise was off. Way off. Like, only the day of the event off. Looking back I can see that it might be that I just froze up. I was so worried and nervous about getting out there again I stopped cold in my tracks. That’s not happening again. Lesson learned.
I am also learning that I need to go in the morning. What a perfect way to start the day with a nice, brisk walk. The longer I wait during the day, the less of chance it’s going to really happen.
Did I write everything down that went in my mouth?
Almost. Weekends matter, Amy. You’ve got to stay on target. Every day. I need to make sure I enter it in my phone as I’m sitting there. This week I’m going to make sure everything is entered BEFORE I start on the dishes. That will definitely help
Did I report in?
Yes. Accountability is everything. Monday morning accountability will be so much better for my success. I can wrap up last week, see where I fell short, then take appropriate steps to move forward. These are the habits that will set me up for success. I can see how this system is more effective than anything I’ve tried before.
Down 3 pounds! Exactly 3.0 pounds. It’ s a few pounds a week, doing the work consistently that will get me there.
Finally friends, thank you so much for cheering me on! It means the world to me to see your words and support on social media. Tell me now, how did your week go with you SMART goal? Feel free to comment here or use #mySMARTgoal on Twitter or Instagram.
Can’t wait to hear all about it!