On Monday I shared with you my new fitness “plan”:
- MON – Weights at the gym (6 am), 5K run in the afternoon with the kids (weather depending*)
- TUES – BodyPump class at the gym (6 am), 5k run with Amber to pick up Sierra after school (weather depending)
- WED – Weights at the gym (6 am), 5K run in the afternoon with the kids (weather depending*)
- THURS – BodyPump class at the gym (6 am), 5k run with Amber to pick up Sierra after school (weather depending)
- FRI – Weights at the gym (6 am), 5K run in the afternoon with the kids (weather depending*)
- SAT – REST
- SUN – Sneak out for a LONG run
Then yesterday I lamented about how I wasn’t seeing any progress, or weight loss. Did you notice something about those two posts – a crucial thing I forgot while making my “plan” and complaining about my lack of progress? I’ll give ya a hint… It starts with the letter “G”…
G O A L S
I didn’t share any goals… So how can I expect to be successful, stay motivated and meet my goals if I don’t really have any? Sure I’ll be active, and theoretically I’ll probably gain some strength, lose a pound or two and see some cardiovascular benefits just from the sheer volume of exercise – but what will I REALLY accomplish? And more importantly, how will I know I accomplished it?
A goal or objective is a desired result a person or a system envisions, plans and commits to achieve “a personal or organizational desired end-point in some sort of assumed development. Many people endeavor to reach goals within a finite time by setting deadlines.
So I started thinking about my goals…
- Weight Management – Wii Fit says I’m back down to my wedding weight (Yay!). I worked HARD to get back here, but now that I’ve reached that goal I’ve found myself slacking off in the intensity of my work outs, and the choices I make with my food. (Remember the TEN cookies I ate on Monday?)
- Body Fat Percentage – while I’ve made it back to my goal weight, I still have a fair amount of body fat (maternal fat stores?) – I would really love to get more toned. I’m still a size larger than I was before kids, and I’m walking around with a cute little muffin top. I’d love to reduce my body fat %age.
- Happiness – its no secret that I had post-partum depression after my two previous pregnancies. I battled my way out with exercise and healthy eating and I intend on staying HAPPY by staying active.
I originally thought my goal was to run a half marathon this year (I’ve already register for TWO) but I just haven’t been able to really get into my running – instead I enjoyed the mommy/baby bootcamp classes and now I’m enjoying my gym workouts. I think my lack of focus in my running is because it’s really not an important goal for me — the other activities are satisfying my gaols and needs much more.
So… those are my plans and my goals… What are yours?