Week 1 Spring Chick Challenge SPECIFIC GOALS
So there I was. All excited and ready to start this challenge (I still am!). A New Year. A New Day! And then (TMI), New Year's Day arrives and Aunt Flo makes her appearance. Sometimes its not so bad, but other times, she tries to kill me. This time, she is trying to kill me.
TMI Alert, right?
Well, on this blog, I'm open and put it all out there.
I am the girl that had to go on birth control in high school to help get my cycle on somewhat of a schedule and help alleviate some of the pain that comes with the oh so lovely cramping and nausea. I get cramps in my back, my abdomen, my thighs....I pretty much die. Well, I chose to not go back on birth control after the birth of my son this year. When I went on birth control many years ago, my boobs and love handles grew exponentially. What the heck? So I went off of it this year so I have one less thing to battle while trying to lose weight. It is my choice to have to deal with feeling like death for 1 week of each month, and it sucks. But its a choice I must deal with! So these days, when Aunt Flo visits, you can find me curled up with a heaty pad and a blanket. And I try to stay there and not move. ;)
So my goals for this week are not what I had originally planned. I already commited to 122 workouts over the course of this challenge so I will have to make up for any missed workouts elsewhere. I still plan to workout this week, but the plan I had already created included alot of cardio and with my nausea level where its at right now, that would not be a good idea!! I shall revamp my workout plan!
The SCC challenge of the week talks about having SMART goals. I have copied over the details of what SMART stands for so you too can put them to work in your own goals.
Specific: A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal.
To set a specific goal you must answer the six “W” questions:
*Who: Who is involved?
*Where: Identify a location.
*When: Establish a time frame.
*Which: Identify requirements and constraints.
*Why: Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal.
Measurable - Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal you set.
When you measure your progress, you stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience the exhilaration of achievement that spurs you on to continued effort required to reach your goal.
To determine if your goal is measurable, ask questions such as……
---------How much? How many? How will I know when it is accomplished?
Attainable – The third term stresses the importance of goals that are realistic and attainable. While an attainable goal may stretch a your abilities, time, etc in order to achieve it, the goal is not extreme.
An attainable goal will usually answer the question:
Realistic- To be realistic, a goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work. A goal can be both high and realistic; you are the only one who can decide just how high your goal should be. But be sure that every goal represents progress.
Timely – A goal should be grounded within a time frame. With no time frame tied to it there’s no sense of urgency.
A time-bound goal will usually answer the question:
My weekly Goals
- Drink 64 oz of water per day and track on waterlogged
- log at least 8 workouts this week (12 will be my normal weekly goal but considering I feel like death, I'll shoot for 8!) These workouts will consist of non high impact workouts until I feel better :(
- Track my food in MyFitnessPal
- Drink shakeology 5 times this week.
- Blog about at least 1 chapter of Body Clutter by end of this week
- Blog my New Years Goals by end of this week.
And on a side note, I will not be weighing in until I get home late next week. I was 133 lbs on Dec 23rd when I last weighed myself on my scale before I left to visit my family for a couple weeks. We will find out if that has changed when I get back home late next week ;)