Yes, I am still here. I have been on a bit of a hiatus, because I left life get in the way. I started a new career last year and it has taken so much of my focus. Between work, an ankle injury and being perimenopausal, my body is all out of whack. I am sluggish, tired and have added unwanted pounds. Through Baby Boot Camp, I have started the annual M.O.L.O 8 week fitness challenge, hoping it will get me refocused on my health and wellness. I am planning to track my journey through M.O.L.O here on the blog. This will help keep me accountable, and perhaps will help some of you with some of the best tips I receive.
The first thing I needed to do was to create some goals for the challenge. Not just goals, but S.M.A.R.T goals. These goals should be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. Rather than have a goal that says ‘drink more water‘, my goal will be something like ‘ drink 64 oz of water each day’. It also should be realistic. If I am honest with myself, I won’t drink 64oz of water today. So, I am starting with a realistic goal of 32oz. If I can easily do that, I will add 8oz to my daily goal until I get to 64oz.
Here are my goals:
- Eat a protein based breakfast. Most mornings, I eat a carb based breakfast or skip it all together. If I commit to eating a protein based breakfast, I will be off to a great start each morning.
- Drink 32oz of water. As I said before, I would like to drink 64oz, but I have to be realistic. I am starting with 32oz and will build on that.
- Move at LEAST 30 minutes a day. On the days I workout, I easily get an hour. But there are days when I don’t do anything at all. On those days, I need to move at least 30 minutes, but will shoot for 60.
- Sleep 7-8 hours a night. I don’t know if it’s age, stress or what, but I don’t get enough sleep. I toss, turn and deal with insomnia most nights. This one will be tough, but I am going to focus on it. I will disconnect from technology an hour before bed, and read instead. I will also make sure I am in bed early enough to get 7 hours of sleep.
Ok, so mine are out there for everyone to see. If you see me, please ask me how I am doing with these. I need accountability.
Do you want to join me? You can add them below or send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will help keep you accountable too!
Have a S.M.A.R.T. day!