Setting a fitness goal each week helps me to not get overwhelmed. I know that making a fitness goal can be daunting because sometime as women we have a list a mile long like:
1. Lose 20 lbs
2. Run a marathon
3. Fit back into your jeans from high school
Ok, just stop. That is insane and doesn’t it make you feel like eating a cookie just thinking about that list? We need to start small and we need to be specific. Those goals are too general and lofty and we have no plan for getting there.
So I like to make a weekly goal more like this:
1. Something I can commit to doing/When/Where
2. Something I can alter about my eating habits, even just for 2-3 days that week
Here was my goal this week:
1. Morning stroller walk ( I love walking with a neighbor, time flies) at least 3 times
2. My favorite gym class called Power (light weight lifting and my daughter loves the daycare there) Monday and Friday
3. No desserts on Wednesday or Thursday (I love ice cream after dinner)
How does this goal make me feel? It’s do-able. I enjoy the walking and I can definitely make it to two gym classes this week. The no-dessert days can be hard, but I remind myself that it’s only two days. I can do that.
Once I meet my goals, I actually feel really good about myself and like I accomplished something. I feel less out-of-control with my weight and fitness. Maybe next week I can do 3 days without dessert? But let’s not get ahead of ourselves now.
And lastly, remember that nobody is perfect. If you don’t allow yourself to EVER enjoy a treat, you will over-indulge when you finally do allow it, and your body will hold on to those calories for dear life- yikes! So, I preach moderation. I also preach FUN! If you can commit to something that’s fun, like walking with a friend, you’re more likely to keep it up. And we can ALL start somewhere. Once you feel better about yourself, you are more likely to make better choices. Remember mamas, you can’t take care of anybody if you are not taking care of yourself first.
"I'm working on a new me. Not because the old me is bad,