Setting goals, I should say setting realistic goals. What are my realistic goals? I want to be fit, lean, strong and happy! I don’t believe that is too much. I do not want to be a body builder or be super skinny. I don’t want to win any contests or even run a marathon. In the Navy, I am required to run a mile and half in designated amount of time. I can make that run and complete it in the amount of time that I am allotted. My issue is that I am always the last one from the Des Moines Navy Reserve Center to complete the run. I really do not like that everyone has to wait on me to finish. It is humiliating to be so slow. There is no pain or even any soreness afterwards. I am just really slow. I have run several 5k’s, 10k’s, 20k’s and a half marathon. I am very proud that I have been able to complete each of these, yet as one of my many goals, I want to be able to finish a mile and half in 13:00 minutes. I would really like to finish a 5k in 30:00 minutes. I know that is really high expectations of myself, but think if I put my mind to it and really work hard I might be able to accomplish it. I believe what works for me would be to jog more. I think that the more I run the comfortable I will be and my pace will increase. I whole heartily believe that it is a state of mind.
My second realistic goal is to get stronger. This does not mean I want to be labeled as a bodybuilder per say and I do not want to win any competitions. I want to be able to work a good day in my yard cleaning up the timber and straightening up the acreage without being sore for days afterward. I want to feel stronger. I have started this process and I realize that it is going to take time and patience to build a base. I have arthritis; I am getting older and I want to try to make it to where I can continue to do the things I enjoy doing like kayaking and hiking. My goal of getting stronger will help me to continue doing the things I love to do in my free time. I also love to lift weights. I always feel better after lifting weights. How will I accomplish this goal? I am already making my self make the time to lift 4 days a week. I am already noticing a difference. I just have to stick with it and get a plan that works for me and change it up every month to keep it fresh.
Another goal for me is to eat right and portion control. I am really, really bad about eating at all different times of the day and night with no set schedule. I have been doing a great job of starting food in the smoker, pressure cooker or crockpot so that food will be ready when my husband gets home from work. I do not follow through with making myself something. I have never been good at eating breakfast, yet I am determined to make a mental challenge for myself to make sure I eat something good for breakfast. I am also going to push myself to try to eat several small healthy meals throughout the day. I am not doing anything close to that now. I get bored, I eat! I need to get much better about having healthy snack food available.
Finally, my last and most important goal for myself this year…
I am going to work at being happy! I have struggled for years with depression, anxiety, low self esteem, and I always try to please everyone. This goal will be hardest of all my goals to accomplish. I have started in the right direction in working at the Y.