Forget goals for the year. How ’bout goals for this week?

I have been feeling very embarrassed about my lack of exercise this winter. I don’t know how I went from 6-10 hours a week of workouts over most of last year to…like one workout per week. I’ve been feeling really overwhelmed at work lately and lacking the mental and physical energy for anything else.

My schedule has been something like…6:00, alarm goes off. 6:45, get out of bed. (Yeah, this is 45 minutes of my day I could get back, but I live with some mammals who are expert cuddlers.) 7:20, leave for work. 6:30 pm, leave for home. 7:00 eat dinner, make Chris watch a show with me, drink a beer. Maybe take a bath. Aaand begin again. 9:00ish, get in bed. Read twitter, my google reader, etc. 

But what I learned from the silly schedule from last year (which was somehow the same as above plus training before and/or after work) is that there are 16 waking hours in the day and what I do with them is my choice. I can work out more, and I can do more of the things I want to do if I make them a priority. I have time to read books. I have time to cook. I have time to meet friends for beers. I have time to run. I have time to volunteer.

So, this week my goal is to spend more time exercising and more time reading. As a consequence, I hope to spend less time sucked into random internet on my iPad or watching shows and drinking beer.

I set the following five small goals. Monday – walk to work (a little over a mile and a half, about 35 minutes with a heavy bag). Tuesday – run for 30 minutes. Wednesday – go to yoga or do a podcast at home. Thursday – read for 30 minutes (I am in the middle of a great book, so I assume 30 minutes will run closer to an hour once I get sucked back in). Friday – get up and do a 30 Day Shred before work.

To keep myself accountable, I’m posting my goals on the internet. (I actually think this does nothing for accountability. Think to yourself now, can you name a blog you read and a goal they have? I really can’t. If you post about a goal and never mention again, I’m sure I wouldn’t notice.)

To really keep myself accountable, I made this list the home screen on my iPad. So I have to look at it 20+ times a day.

Let’s do this.


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One thought on “Forget goals for the year. How ’bout goals for this week?

  1. I think that is a great plan – my work/life/sleep schedule has changed dramatically and its making me crazy. I know all it takes is a few earlier mornings to get the old routine back but the bed is so darn comfy, and warm and….ahhh!


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