For most of us, this wellness journey is anything but a sprint. It's a marathon. An ultra marathon. A long-term endurance event that can get quite taxing without the correct strategy. In order to keep my motivation level high throughout, I set frequent, achievable goals for myself. These are a series of short-term goals that ultimately culminate into one large goal or a few big achievements that make up my wellness journey.
Now, as the title of this post implies ... I take my goals very seriously. And every time I achieve one of my goals? I celebrate like I just kicked a World Cup-winning shot. GOOAAALLLLL!!!!
To give you a bit of a back-story:
I have lost 90 pounds total to date. I couldn’t have done this without setting these small, achievable goals in conjunction with my overall goal.
Looking at my ultimate goal from the beginning was very intimidating. I felt like I was at the bottom of Mt. Everest. Wearing a pair of flip flops. To lose 100 total lbs was scary!
To make sure I was successful I had to set thousands of small goals along the way. Goals that I could master before moving on to the next; and let me tell you, these goals were simple. The basics. My first goal was to follow the meal plan for seven straight days. Seven days. Many of you would think "Oh, piece of cake." But this was hard for me at first. I was a social eater with a love for large portions and was traveling 75% of the time, eating out at every meal while on the road. Everest. But, once I was able to reach goal number one, I was off to goal number two in the blink of an eye. From there, I'd struggle with goal number two until that was mastered, then I'd move on to the next. This pattern continued until meeting, then exceeding my mini-goals became mini-wins and eventually started to come and go easily.
These mini-goals didn't just apply to my nutrition habits either, I applied them to my fitness goals as well. Once I was far enough along my weight-loss journey, I made it a goal to run a 50k trail race last February. For those of you who are unfamiliar with race formats, 50k is 31.07 miles; this is more than a marathon and on a windy, rocky trail that introduces a whole new element. Prior to this, I had run four marathons. So piece of cake, right? Wrong. Adding an "extra" 5 miles is challenging when it comes to endurance training. Especially at the end. That always seems to be where they're added. Ha.
For this endeavor, I'd tell myself to run just another ten minutes. Another ten minutes today. Can I do that? And sure enough, slowly but surely, I made it. If not every training session, every other. And before I knew it, it was race day.
So the questions to ask yourself should be: Can I do that last rep? Can I follow my plan for this next meal? Can I do 5 more burpees? Can I have iced tea over beer for this one meal? Ultimately, you will never know the answer to these questions until you try. There is no feeling like setting a goal, seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, and crushing that goal!
What are your goals for today? Tomorrow? This week? This month? This year? We want to know!