It’s a brand new year and instead of the usual resolutions, I decided to reframe my objectives for 2011 and incorporate the healthy changes that I want to make into something fun to accomplish. With a challenge involved, I know I will be more accountable and can easily develop my SMART goals for the new year. So what did I choose to accomplish in this new year? If you have been following this blog, you know that my friend Katie loves to challenge me to things I never thought I would do. This summer, she convinced me to complete my first triathlon, which was rather addictive and something I now look forward to doing again.
This time around, she proposed a half marathon. I might have cringed at the initial thought, as running long distances without purpose is somewhat difficult for me. Maybe it is my short attention span or possibly the fear of the impact on my aging knees, but I have never had the desire to get out there and run more than a 10K. Disregarding the initial concern for this new challenge, I decided that in my job I should continually put myself in situations where I face the barriers and challenges that most people face when modifying unhealthy behaviors. This challenge was now starting to sound like a grand idea. Challenge myself to something that I didn’t think I could, and share my experiences and struggles with all of you. Not only will this help keep me accountable, but it will also allow me to use the tools that I spent years studying to help modify my own behaviors and hopefully inspire you to go out and try something new!
And it gets better… Katie found a half marathon in San Francisco in April. We could train together in Atlanta and then take a girls weekend to enjoy the west coast, be active and cross half marathon off the old bucket list, and then enjoy some R & R in Napa for a few days for a job well done. I was sold. I have to hand it to Katie; she knows how to convince me to do just about anything!
So here it is, my 2011 Healthy Life Objective…
Train and complete “The Other Half” half marathon in San Francisco on April 10th in less than 2.5 hours.
It is specific and measureable. I think it is attainable and the time seems realistic, and it is definitely time orientated…. Seems like a good goal to me!
What are your goals for 2011?