The new year is often a time that people have “resolutions” and those resolutions are often abandoned within a few days to weeks. People often feel like the new year is a time to make big sweeping changes but that does not often lead to long term change or success in my experience. Instead I like to take this time of year to review the goals that I set for myself throughout the year, both long term and short term, and contemplate my progress.
Some of the things I like to think about are, am I on track to complete my goals in the time I set? Do I need to take action to get back on track? Was the original goal realistic or do I need to set a different timeline? Do I need to take larger goals and break them out to smaller goals so that I can have realistic progress that will also keep me motivated and on track.
As I was contemplating goals and just life in general this year I realized that I have been letting some long standing health goals slide a bit. This year I started a new job that is high stress and in a new city. I am no longer in my old routine where I get to swim 5-6 days a week and as the year has gone my exercise routine has dramatically fallen off. This is not good when one is in a high stress job, but that is not what made me think I need to get back on track.
I decided to go visit a friend of mine who lives in Hawaii; I have not seen her since we both lived in Germany. Her little son was a baby last time I saw my friend and now he is almost 4. How the time flies. I keep saying each year that I will try and visit but work/life gets in the way. Well in September 2019 I decided no more excuses, I am visiting my friend and booked a trip for May 2020. (Don’t get excited and think hey dummy tell the thief’s your plans, I don’t live alone someone will be home.)
Flash forward to my goal review this year and I realized that I have not been as active as I used to be. My friend and I used to do many outdoor activities together so when I said I was coming to visit we began to plan activities; waterfall hiking and snorkeling, sounds fun right. Well with how much I have let my routine get pushed to the side I realized, I may not have what it takes to have fun on my vacation if I don’t start to make changes now.
This is a classic example of needing to look at ones goals and adjust to meet the overall goals of life. So here is my plan, I am going to get back on track with meal planning so that I don’t default to junk food all the time and I am going to get back to my workouts at least 2 times a week. By the time May comes around I hope to be up to 3-4 days a week.
Lets face it, if I tried to jump back in at the 5-6 days I used to do before I moved and took the new job, it would not last. My habits need to be formed again in small steps. I think this is the hard part, finding how my new reality fits with the what I want my life to look like.
Wish me luck on getting back into my healthy habits. For anyone out there, feel free to share your goals here and maybe talking about them will help us all stay motivated.