Anytime you want to make a change, you’re supposed to make goals, right? The acronym I hear over and over in meetings is for SMART goals – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Bound (or Timely, depending on who’s in charge). If I really want to change, I’ll need to set some goals.
This is not to say that I haven’t tried improving some aspects of my life before, because I have, to some success. Like anything in life, though, what we don’t use or practice on a daily basis can atrophy or gather dust, so falling back into bad habits is all too easy. Part of keeping this blog is to keep myself accountable, and for you to help keep me accountable, to keep striving to meet my goals.
Let’s lay these goals out, shall we?
Goal 1: Lose Weight – Get to 191 pounds by 12/2/13
I’m going to try baby steps with this, instead of looking at the whole 50-ish pounds – it’s less overwhelming that way. The first step will be to get to 191 pounds, which for my 5′ 7″ height means just overweight not obese (eep!). This is a loss of about 14 pounds according to my bathroom scale, which I’ll just have to trust for now. I’ll aim to lose about 1.5 pounds per week, which is what most weight loss programs deem a reasonable pace. That means I’ll have about 9 weeks, or till November 25th to reach my goal, but with Halloween and Thanksgiving in there, I think I’ll give myself 10 weeks, or till December 2nd. That’s much more realistic.
Goal 2: Be More Active – 150 minutes of exercise a week by 11/18/13
As I said in my last post, I’m pretty much the definition of a couch potato. I hate sweating. No really, I HATE sweating. Exercise I can actually stand include swimming, riding a bicycle, walking, and some basic body weight exercises. I don’t have access to a pool, but I got a bicycle for my birthday from my awesome dad, my neighborhood has sidewalks and is well lit for walking, and I have a yoga mat and some free weights. Again, I’m starting small – I’d like to build up to 150 minutes of exercise a week, which is 30 minutes 5 days a week, or 25 minutes 6 days a week. Since I’m starting at zero, I’ll give myself 8 weeks to get to 5 times a week: 2 weeks at 1x/week, 2 weeks at 2x/week, 2 weeks at 3x/week, and 2 weeks at 4x/week. 8 weeks from now is November 18th.
Goal 3: Improve Finances – Pay off Credit Card by 12/25/13
I have had problems on and off with credit card debt. At it’s worst, I had $10,000 in debt, and had to take money from my parents to pay it off. The sense of disappointment from them was far, far worse than the pain of scrimping to be able to pay them back. Now, I feel like a disappointment to my husband when I carry a credit card balance. Two weddings in one season, with the accompanying dresses, shoes, bachelorette parties, bridal showers, gifts, and travel to both (out of town) weddings, I’m in the hole. At about $2000 It’s nowhere near my card limits, but it’s enough that I feel the weight of it in the back of my mind when I want to buy something. So, the goal here is pretty simple – pay off the balance before Christmas. Completely achievable, as long as I don’t splurge on anything crazy.
Goal 4: Improve Domesticity – Develop a Cleaning Schedule by 10/7/13
I’m no Mrs. Cleaver or Donna Reed -far, far, far from it. It takes an act of God, aka my in-laws coming over, to get me to dust. I can handle the doing the dishes, and keeping up with the laundry, but beyond that, I’m pretty terrible. The crazy thing here is, I feel so much calmer and happier when my house is clean, and I know it. So, how to set a SMART goal to be a better housekeeper? Hmmm, the best I have for now would be to develop and implement a cleaning schedule. The aim will be to have the plan formulated within 2 weeks, or October 7th. I’ll revisit then to figure out what the heck to do next.
Goal 5: Find a Creative Outlet – Devote One Hour a Week to Creativity by 10/31/13
Ok, somewhere in my crazy brain, I feel like there is a creative spirit trying to break out. I’m attempting to appease it my decorating my home – we’ve only been there a year and have no pictures hanging, no curtains, etc. It’s not working very well – did you know decorating a home is kind of expensive? I’ve already explained how not-good I am with money, so it’s going to take me a while to make that happen. In the meantime, I’d like to devote some time each week to a creative project. I make jewelry as a hobby, so maybe it’ll be making earrings. I’ve had a story bouncing around my head for years, so I could work on actually writing it down. I’ve always wanted to try painting – here’s a perfect excuse! You see where I’m going with this.
Long, boring post over. Let’s get to work!