I met with my family doc the other day, the one that provided such a helpful counterpoint to the therapist from hell. This time, we talked goals. Specifically, SMART goals. SMART goals are:
Makes sense, doesn’t it? And conveniently, I had been brainstorming some goals just that morning. They were:
- journal my food
- aim for a personal-best for calories every day until I get down to my goal range
- recommit to the 100 club, burning 100+ extra calories every day for 100 days
- do my physio exercises
- do a plank a day
- accept failure as reason to do better tomorrow
- get enough sleep
I was about half-way through my list before Dr. C. started getting a little shifty. To his credit, he didn’t actually say “Whoa, Nellie!”, but the sentiment was there. The daily personal-best made him a little nervous and, as he pointed out, as the list gets longer, the whole Attainable/Realistic thing gets a little shaky.
Incidentally, I’m not really sure what the difference is between “Attainable” and “Realistic“. I suspect they’re both there because “SMAT Goals” doesn’t have the same ring to it.
Unless you’re from Boston. Bahston? I digress.
So here are the goals we settled on:
- journal my food
- burn an extra 100 calories a day
- physio every day
Sound attainable? Sound realistic? Yeah. Except I’m not actually meeting them.
So time to refocus. I need SMART goals, goals I can meet, but I also need to feel good. When I feel good, I do better, and success breeds success. I need HAPPY goals!!! Happy goals:
Perk me into
Hey; if the so-called experts can shoehorn both Attainable and Realistic into their fancy-schmancy acronyms, then I get to Yodel.
So here are my HAPPY goals
- eat at least 3 servings of fruits & vegetables a day. This is no where *close* to the 7-8 servings (!!) that the Canada Food Guide recommends, but it’s an improvement. Yeah, I’ve been eating that poorly. No wonder I feel gross.
- do something to elevate my heart rate every day. I know this makes me happy. With any luck, it will make me really, really happy
- do my physio. I’ve been really bad about this, but I still think it’s attainable and it also lays the foundation for more physical activity.
- check in with my fitness buddy every day – no matter how I did that day
and last, but certainly not least
- check in with YOU by the end of next week to let you know how I’m doing
What are YOU going to do to get HAPPY this week?
(Keep it clean, folks. Keep it clean. )