I just finished my 10k race for the Ottawa Race Weekend. I shaved 10 minutes off my time from last years race. This is a number I should be proud of. Last year I hovered around the 60 min time bunny, this year it was the 50 min bunny. My goal was to “do better” then last year. Simple, measurable and achievable goal. I kicked my own ass (circa 2010) and it felt fantastic. Reaching a goal that you set is always so satisfying, especially if you blow it out of the water.
What did I learn from this experience?
- I feel better after a long run/ workout/ healthy meal then I do after a nap/binge/procrastination session on facebook.
- I was successful at weight loss because I had a set goal in mind that was measurable, achievable, and worked toward the goal.
- I need to focus on how far I’ve come, rather then my day to day failures.
Where do I go from here?
I am going to set small weekly goals and I will not fail. This, in turn, will help me with my long term goal of achieving balance in my life. This week, I noticed that my trips to coffee shops rose significantly from previous weeks and this lead to a higher intake of sugary treats and more money spent.
My goal for this week: I will not purchase any sweet treats for myself or my children from any coffee shop for the next 7 days.
To make it achievable, I have allowed myself to purchase coffee (which is always an americano with milk), but if I could brew my own at home that would be ideal. By doing this, I spend less money and eat less calories.
What if I fail? That’s an easy answer… I won’t.
What is your goal for the week?