It is the end of the year, the end of another decade and a time for reflection.
2019 was a good year. But I did not accomplish all the goals I had set for myself. Sometimes life steps in and we have to adjust our sails and get back on course. It happens. Life happens.
I am looking forward to 2020! I have already set some goals for myself when it comes to my health, my fitness, my weight and my mindset. All things I have control over. And all areas I struggled with in 2019.
September saw the beginning of a few months of health issues for me. And lots of visits to doctors. Ugh! Let me tell you, health issues can be quite the wake-up call. Thankfully, all is well. But all the testing and doctor orders kept me from exercising the last few months of 2019, completely throwing off my game-plan for my 5ks.
Sometimes we need to adjust those goals so that they are more reasonable and achievable. Adjusting goals is far better and much more motivating than giving up. So, I adjusted.
My goal for my upcoming January 5k will be to finish, instead of pushing myself beyond what my body can do, because I want to reach my original goal of finishing my fastest 5k. If I did not adjust my goal, I would be setting myself up for disappointment and failure, both of which would sabotage any efforts I may attempt at getting healthy and would make me give-up. It is better to adjust goals than to give up!
My goal for getting back to my lifetime WW goal did not materialize. So, I am giving myself more time. The goal to lose that much weight in such a short period of time was not reasonable. Adjusting my goal to losing more slowly is far more achievable and takes the pressure off me, removing the guilt that ends up sabotaging me and making me quit. Adjusting goals is better than giving up!
So, thinking about what I want to achieve in 2020—better health, better mindset, healthy weight loss and better fitness, has me thinking about the steps I can take now to help me move toward those long-term goals. The steps I can take today, this week and the coming month.
Breaking the long-term goals into smaller steps makes the end not so far away, makes it seem as if those goals are within reach and it motivates me. Each small step taken and achieved gives me confidence that I CAN do this and I WILL do this. Each step is another step on the path to success. And those missteps, the detours, well they are another steppingstone helping me to build my path to success.
I have got this!
The past two days I have taken a couple of steps toward those long-term goals of better health, fitness and mindset.
First I signed up to do the Run the Year 2,020 miles in 2020. Yes, 2,020 miles in one year. I was not going to do the Run the Year. Friends of mine had done the 2019 Run the Year and were registered to do the 2020 Run the Year, but I was going to skip it. But my health issues gave me quite the wake-up call and yesterday, I decided that the Run the Year race was exactly what I needed to motivate me to move more, to get out and walk more. So, I registered. And the race bling is added incentive for me!
The second step was to purchase a new Fitbit. My old one died. And I have not worn a fitness tracker in over a month now. My birthday is coming up soon, and I told my husband that I wanted the gift of health this year and that meant a new Fitbit. I am wearing it right now. An early birthday present. One that will motivate me to move more. To walk more. Another step on my journey to my goals.
I am planning for 2020. I am looking forward to 2020. I am certain I will achieve the goals I set for myself this coming year. I know it will be a great year. With the support of my family and my “tribe”, I CAN and I WILL move forward….
One step at a time! One small goal at a time! One day at a time!
Here is to the new year! I hope that all your goals are achieved this year—one small goal at a time!