December 31, 2009

Goals: Writing Them Down

Have to say that all you guys are amazingly cool to give your support the way you have.  Just amazing and awesome as I gear up today for the big launch tomorrow ~ January 1, 2010.

Gearing up for me isn't really about getting the groceries I need or buying new shoes (altho I'd love some new pink shoes).  No, first things first.  Before anything else, I need to take all the dreams, visions and inspirations that are residing right now in my head, my heart and pumping through my veins and get them down on paper.  I gotta write this stuff down.

I once heard that the only difference between a goal and a dream is that goals are put into writing.  There may be a couple of other differences I think, but hey, I think the point is still quite valid.  I mean, just think about the last time you went to the grocery store and didn't take a list!  I forget stuff all the time that way, so I don't think these wild and crazy and wonderful aspirations in my heart today are any different.  I may think I will NEVER forget what I want, but I will.  Been there, done that.

So, here goes.  Here's my weight loss and fitness goals for 2010 that will enable me to lose 120 pounds in 52 weeks:
  1. Go to the gym 5x a week, exercising a minimum of 30 minutes each time.
  2. Mix up the routine, 3 days cardio, 2 days strength training.
  3. Eat more vegetables than meat or carbs, and make 3 days a week total vegetarian.
Okay, now here's the breakdown.  I learned about making SMART goals from my friend (and former boss!) Pam Court.  SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time Bound.  Cute and helpful little acronym.  Pam, if you're reading, let me know if I did it right, ok? ;)
  1. Exercise without pain - end of Feb 2010
  2. Walk/jog daily - April 2010
  3. Lose 60 pounds - end June 2010
    1. 10 pounds/month
    2. Increase activity level 
      1. Aerobic exercise 3x week (walking or other)
      2. Strength training 2x week
    3.  Moderate food intake--balanced meals using whole foods with a focus on lean protein, fresh fruit and veggies.
    4. Avoid deprivation by enjoying good, quality food in tasting proportions vs. super sizing everything.
    5. Adopt new habits that are sustainable for the rest of my life (i.e. routines, meal prep)
    6. Immerse myself in challenging work, stimulating social interactions and reading material - AVOID BOREDOM!!!
  4. Go off blood pressure meds - end of Sept 2010
  5. Able to play one-on-one basketball w/sons & husband with ease - Nov 2010
  6. Lose 120 pounds - end of December 2010
  7. Participate in a bike trip in New England - Summer 2011
  8. Vacation in the Caribbean, comfortable in a bathing suit, able to participate in any activity I choose (snorkeling, swimming, jogging on the beach, etc.) - December 2011.
There it is. It's not really my Bucket List (more on that to come), but if I don't do these things I may as well not even make a bucket list.

What do you guys think?  Are these goals SMART? 


  1. I'd say you are off and running! Great job. I want a front row seat cheering you on and helping anyway I can!

    Thanks for the shout-out too.

  2. I think it sounds like a great plan! I would like to lose 20lbs myself and will be coming to your blog here for inspiration. Good job Cheryl. I know you will do it!! Happy New Year!

  3. You go Cheryl. I will be going right along with you. I will look for inspriation and give encouragement to you each day and more when needed. Gods blessings on you. Pat

  4. @Pam Old dogs CAN learn new tricks! I'm finding that the specificity of SMART goals makes the difference for me. Thanks for your support.

    @Diane Thank you! We can do this, the biggest hurdle is just making up our minds to do it now. And, you are always so positive!

    @Pat So we can hold each other accountable, eh? Blessings back at ya, Pat. 2010 is gonna be great!

    I so appreciate the support, both through the comments and via email. Going the road together will make the trip more enjoyable, more successful and especially more meaningful. Happy New Year to you all!

  5. Sounds very SMART to me! I know you can do this!

  6. @Heidi You are a blessing to me, my friend!