7.25.2011

A new week: new goals, new me

New hairdo, prior henna
The opportunity to giveaway a fitbook to one of my readers turned out to be the best thing for me as it pushed me to reflect on my own personal training log.

I have spent a good amount of time reviewing my log for the past year and reading my comments. I discovered I have become a bit lazier in my logging recently and that was never intentional. For example, months ago I documented a low sleep night due to my darling daughter waking up a lot. I have had "bad" nights since, but they are not documented. And yes, sleep is vital.

I discovered I noted goals over time...to be more fit for example....but never once did I mention what my reward would be if I achieved the goal. I didn't even define what I meant specifically for the goal or if I achieved it. How silly of me, a person who does know how to set SMART goals in the work environment. I know goals need to be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. And we all know, people like to be rewarded, or at least acknowledged, for their successes, right? So why have I been such a bad employer for my own body?

Well, things are going to change starting today. I am going to set SMART goals for myself and I am going to reward myself for my successes, small and large. And I challenge you to do the same...To become a better employer of your own body.

If I didn't have my past log and if I didn't use it (although poorly at times) I would have remained down about my current 21.5 BMI. But hey, upon review I have discovered that is down from 22.5 at the beginning of the year. I am getting fitter! I just need to develop the proper metrics to measure, and I really am not a fan of body weight being a true measurement of fitness.

How do you define fitness?

What goals do you set for yourself? Are they SMART? Do you acknowledge yourself for your successes?

3 comments:

  1. My goals were simple. Get back to my pre-pregnancy (and bed rest) running distance. I am almost there. Burn off the pregnancy weight (also, almost there). And get fit again! (working at it daily). For each goal I set mini-milestones, that once achieved I celebrated! Whether it was a date night with my hubby or a new shirt I provided myself little bonuses that keep me going. My final goal achievement celebration??? Just the same as you...treat myself to a nice hair cut/color and really pamper myself for a few hours!! Way to go you! The cut looks darling!!!!

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  2. Thanks Lacey Sue and the cut is so easy to take care of. Do nothing! My hairdresser doesn't even want me rubbing a towel on my head. A runner's dream for hair care.

    Great goals for yourself and good job setting nice rewards. I like the date night one!

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  3. Being fit to me means that things that were once very hard to accomplish physically have become easy. However, I think that to reach one's peak fitness for a specific distance or event you need to work on your weakness as much if not more then your strengths. When I was testing my fitness in the marathon, I focused on my co-ordination, core strength, form, and speed (in addition to long runs and long intervals). When I started getting good at sprinting and jumping I was in my best fitness for the marathon- go figure.
    I agree that having a goal is necessary. I often tell people that multiple goals are good to carry around. Starting any marathon I always reminded myself that no matter what, finishing was my first goal. My second goal - to feel good and strong through out the race (plan my race and race my plan). My third goal, depending on the conditions was to go for a personal record or the win. There were some races that reaching my first goal was the most rewarding, others where I achieved all three goals - those were some of the most memorable experience.
    Multiple goals can work well for training. I would often use time trials in my training as smaller goals (3 miles hard in X pace or Y time) or trying to run my long run loop in a fast time. When I lined up lots of smaller goals it made my larger goals almost unlimited.

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