[The new year always brings around big changes, feelings of accomplishment, everyone around you feeling motivated.]
It also sets into motion all of these goals and desires. Setting goals can be great, but they can also get overwhelming. Setting vague goals, such as “I want to lose weight,” can make it frustrating and a little confusing, when you don’t know exactly when you’ve reached your goal. Setting unrealistic goals, such as “I want to lose 100 lbs in one month,” can also result in disappointment and frustration at not attaining said goal.
I tend to get wrapped up in setting either too many or somewhat unrealistic goals. Hey, I’m only human!
Which is why I decided to return to my student self, pull out my dusty SMART Goals chart, and get started on figuring out EXACTLY what I want from my 2017.
My Smart Goals for 2017 are:
Goal #1: ” Be fit / strong / athletic “
SMART Goal #1: Be able to do 10 modified push ups in a row, do a 2 minute plank, do 2 unassisted chin ups by March 1st by doing Beachbody On Demand videos 3x week, going to Onyx Yoga Studio 2x week, walking/jogging on treadmill for at least 10 minutes a day.
Goal #2: Eat better / more energy / lean
SMART Goal: Lose 10 pounds and gain more energy by eating 5 small balanced meals per day , making one of those small meals a Shakeology shake, drinking at least 64 oz. of water a day, eating at least 2 fruits a day and 3 servings of veggies, and avoid processed food except for meals/days off.
Goal #3: Learn Italian!
SMART Goal: Learn the basics by completing the workbooks, spending at least 15 minutes a day reviewing Italian words, and at least 15 minutes working on the activities in the book.
Follow up: Practice conversations with family once a week. By the end of the year, be able to write/speak a full paragraph about myself.
Goal #4: Deepen yoga practice / teach yoga
SMART Goal: Develop your practice by reading the Heart of Yoga each night. practicing on your own daily, even if it’s one pose per day, continuing to go to Onyx at least 2x week, and attending 200 HR Teacher Training Sept 2017 – May 2018.
Follow up: Get comfortable enough teaching yoga to teach a few classes a week outside of work by 2019.
Goal #5: Laugh more / have fun / go out
There is no smart goal for this — just have to remember that life is not all work! This year, I want to see friends more, go out to the movies, go bowling or laser tagging, play board games, etc. Being with friends and family can make even the simplest board game night seem like the most exciting night ever! 🙂
What is going to be my secret to success?
SUPPORT! Loving support from everyone will be what drives me to complete all of these goals.
My boyfriend is incredibly supportive, calling me at 5:00 am on his way to the gym to wake me up because I asked him to because I don’t trust myself and alarms. He also gives me so much love and encouragement, even when he doesn’t believe in something I do, or agree with something I am doing, he encourages it because he knows I love it. He’s really into fitness and nutrition, and he does it all like it’s no sweat! No temptations, no hesitations. No grumbling that he doesn’t feel like going to the gym. He pops up at 5 am, eager and ready to conquer any obstacles he faces in the weight room. I WISH I could have that determination and that will power sometimes. But some of it rubs off on me, and I look up to him as a role model in a way, telling myself that I COULD be that motivated, that determined if I really put my mind to it. And one day, I hope I will be.
My sister and I have this relationship where we lean on each other, and it keeps us both up and going. She is working on her own weight loss and fitness journey, and struggles with a lot of the same things I do. We both have a weakness for certain foods and sweets, and we both don’t have the greatest will power. We both love being lazy, watching movies, playing video games. Sometimes, it can be dangerous when we’re together (think, “should we work out or watch every Disney movie in a row?” What do you think wins?) But at the same time, when we’re feeling really motivated, we work out together, share each other’s successes and failures, send recipes and meal prep tips to each other, and really encourage the other to KEEP GOING.