… One Bite at a Time!
This blog was inspired by my Motivation Monday post on Facebook.
I have been thinking a lot about achieving goals in fitness, life, work, etc… and they really all have a common theme. Many times the goals that I achieve are those that I have approached logically, with mindfulness, and in a task oriented fashion. Without this, these goals would seem like elephants, huge and immovable.
When it comes to health, most people have huge, vague goals that are kind of amorphous. These seem to be extremely difficult to attain because they are ill-defined. Many people start with the generic, “This year, I am going to get healthier.”
What a fantastic statement! By using this as a springboard, we can delve deeper, make a plan, and actually achieve “healthier”. However, if this single statement is the goal, how will we know if it has been attained?
Let’s break it down.
What is “healthier”?
- Is it a goal weight?
- Is it a fitness goal like a marathon or a Strongfirst certification?
- Is it fewer illnesses through the year?
- Is it less back pain?
- Is it being able to play with your grandchildren?
- The list goes on!!!
Since a marathon in 2017 is my goal, I will use that as my example in this scenario.
Define the goal: A marathon is a 26.2 mile race.
What will it take to achieve the goal?
- Commitment to a training schedule
- Several smaller races
- Having a support group
- Self-Care to ensure that you maintain health while training
- I have made monthly goals for miles run weekly and/or cumulatively
- I have started running with a running group that meets several times a week
- I have a training partner in my husband who also wants to run a marathon with me
- I have signed up for a 12K in 2 weeks (7.4 miles)
- I have plans for a half-marathon in late May
- I am taking care of myself physically
- Sleeping 7-8 hours each night
- Limiting sugar and alcohol in my diet
- Ensuring that I am eating enough protein and vegetables that are responsibly sourced
- Getting adjusted by another Chiropractor (see my other blog on this topic)
- Participating in “prehab” exercises to help prevent injury during training
- Drinking plenty of water on a daily basis!
Since high school, I have wanted to run a marathon… but I always thought it was too big, too much, an elephant you could say.
Moving to Seattle and deciding to take a logical approach to goal setting and improving my health has made what seemed like a pipe dream, a reality. Along with the encouragement of my husband and new friends, this long time goal is becoming a reality.
What goals have you been avoiding because they are too big or scary? Maybe you can approach them using this type of break-down.
If your goals are health-related, consult your Chiropractor and/or Primary Physician to ensure that you are taking care of your body in the process. I am always happy to help others achieve their health goals. Please feel free to contact me using the form below if you would like to schedule a consult!