Always Be Fit

As tradition would have it, my husband and I plan a special date the first week of January. We drink plenty of wine, review the year past, and plan for the year to come. Grandparents are lined up for Saturday night babysitting, the wine is waiting, and I’m doing my 2013 review/2014 prep.

Each year, Isaac and I set individual and family goals. As we review of the past year together, we acknowledge the challenges, affirm the growth, and celebrate our family’s progress. For every goal we set for the coming year, we share the big picture objective and the measurable actions that support it. Sharing in both the goal setting and evaluation is priceless for us. It gives us a real understanding of what we’re aiming for, individually and as a family, which allows us to encourage and support each other in meaningful ways.

There is one goal that I renew on an annual basis. Whether it’s 2014 or 2054, I will always be committed. While the goal will always remain the same, I will adjust the measurable actions each year based on what is both realistic and relevant for the next 12 months. Being as it’s reflected in much of what I share here on Hello Day, I figured I would share it with you too.

Goal: Always Be Fit / A consistent pattern of healthy eating and exercise

2013 Measurable Actions:

  1. Healthy Eating – 1) maintain established healthy eating habits; and 2) limit alcohol to the weekends
  2. Exercise – 1) workout at least 5 times per week; and 2) attend Barry’s Bootcamp 1x per week

In general terms, I met the Always Be Fit objective in 2013. The most important aspect for me is constant and sustainable behavior (rather than roller coaster like successes and set-backs) and in this regard, I nailed it! My life circumstances were not consistent this year and I experienced a lot of change. Be that as it may, I stuck to the behaviors that support my health and fitness. I’ll toast to that!  On a granular level, this is where I landed…

  • Healthy Eating 1.1 – My eating was consistently healthy. (FYI – After years of practice, I know what “healthy eating” is for me and I don’t need to define it further in my goal setting/measuring process.) No roller coasters, no big changes. Nailed it!
  • Healthy Eating 1.2 – While I don’t log my alcohol consumption, I can tell you that there were a few weeknights on which I had a glass of wine or two. I guess that 90% of the time I stuck to the weekend rule. I am just fine with 90% and think that the wriggle room is essential to it being a realistic goal for me. That’ll do!
  • Exercise 1.1 – I log my workouts and keep a tab of how many workouts I do each week. This might be overkill for some, but it is a good practice for me. 52/52 weeks I did at least 5 workouts a week. Ooooooh, that feels good, I tell ya! 
  • Exercise 1.2 – I started 2013 with strong Barry’s attendance. By the end of Spring, I was off the Barry’s train. While I love love love the workout, it is a financial and time commitment that is not realistic on a weekly basis. Lesson learned.

2014 Measurable Actions:

After reviewing my 2013 performance (for lack of a better word), I am ready to outline the actions to support Always Be Fit for 2014. Some are the same as they were in 2013, some are revised, and one is new.

  1. Healthy Eating – 1) maintain established healthy eating habits; and 2) limit alcohol to the weekends
  2. Exercise – 1) workout for 60 minutes at least 5 times per week; 2) be active for at least 30 minutes daily (rest day activity is yoga/walk); and 3) use an activity monitor to measure daily activity and steps per day.

I’m excited to see what 2014 has in store for me in the Always Be Fit category. I have high hopes (i.e. injury free running, flying lizard pose, lots of fun workouts with friends) and look forward to finding ways to challenge myself and finish 2014 stronger (literally) than I start it.

This photo reminds me why fitness is a non-negotiable for me. There are so many reasons (often discussed here), but the most motivating one for me is to feel comfortable in my own skin.

Christmas Day 2013, running with Reece on the beach and feeling comfortable in my skin.

Christmas Day 2013, running with Reece on the beach and feeling comfortable in my skin.

What about you? Are you the goal setting type? Do you have any fitness related goals you’re willing to share here?

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    01/03/2014 at 6:31 pm

    Wow! Your goal achievements over the past year and recommitment for 2014 is inspiring. I try to commit to much the same as you’ve mentioned. I am excited to expand my fit goals this year to include things I’ve either not tried or revisit some I’ve enjoyed in the past. Happy New Year to you and thanks for sharing.

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      01/03/2014 at 7:09 pm

      Thank you Holli! I like the idea of trying new/revive old things. Tennis comes to mind for me – I have been wanting to play tennis forever!

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