By Sarah Caracciolo
DHAC Assistant Fitness Director
Goal setting. I encourage it, I coach it, and I believe in it. I also hate it. This is one of those moments where ‘practice what you preach’ creeps up on you. The only reason why I hate it is because I hate to fail. But how can you ever succeed if you don’t allow yourself to fail? Good point but failing is not an option this time!
Realizing I had to set a goal after my crazy week while Guy was away, I decided to go back to the basics. I have not set my long-term goal yet, but down deep I know what it is…we’ll get there later. Right now I am focused on a short-term goal – my favorite pair of jeans. They are not anything special; they are just a classic pair of jeans from Express that happen to fit me perfectly. I know a lot of you have already seen me in these jeans post Nico but that’s not the point. They do fit, but they just don’t feel the same. Being able to button my jeans post pregnancy was one short-term goal. Now I’m on to the next – comfort.
That’s the thing about goals. They don’t need to please anyone BUT you. That’s who I was out to please this week! After last week I needed to dial it all back a bit. Dial back the stress, the eating out, and the erratic sleep patterns. I did not exactly get to cook a nice dinner each night, but I also did not eat out at all so that’s a huge plus. I kept my jeans in plain sight as a reminder, I did MY OWN weight training workout (in addition to teaching 7 group fitness classes) twice this week, and I kept a bottle of water with me at all times. The result…GOAL MET! My jeans most certainly feel different on this lazy Sunday morning! Good different and comfortable different.
It can be frustrating having long-term goals and having them seem so far away. That’s the point of short-term goals. They are almost like instant gratification. They can be a week or a month but keep them S.M.A.R.T. Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. Once you set and meet a few short-term goals it will be easier to put your long-term goal into action. Good luck with your goal setting and have a great week!