We are in a series called My Purposeful Planning where we explore different areas for setting goals and planning to be purposeful and intentional in our lives.
Today we are discussing Health & Fitness Goals. To me, health goals are a big part of self-care and wellness. If you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of others, at least not as well as you could be. I’ve learned that I am able to serve and love much better when I prioritize “me time”, whether that’s time to myself to read or write or even time to work out. I feel better, I have more energy, and I can give my family time and energy that they need and deserve. It comes from the overflow of me taking care of myself first. So it’s very important.
I will be sharing my own Health & Fitness Goals at the end of this post, but I’d like you to think about and make your own. Here are some ideas for you…
Health & Fitness Goal Ideas:
- Set up annual physical, dental, and wellness appointments for yourself and your family.
- Plan a workout program. Track your exercise. Keep a log of it.
- Plan a diet program that works for your family and lifestyle. Make a meal plan, grocery lists, etc.
- Track your water intake.
- Track your progress: before and after pictures, measurements, weekly weight averages.
Here are some posts I’ve written about health and my own journey…
How to Care for your Physical Health
How I Tracked My Progress & Successes for Weight Loss, Health, & Fitness
How My View of Food Changed
My Current Health & Fitness Goals:
My goals in this area have shifted completely. Last year when I began to feel insecure and want to lose weight, my one goal was to look better and feel better about myself. I lost the weight, felt better about myself, started CrossFit, and began to love fitness. Then, I got pregnant and had to take some time off with some complications I was having in my pregnancy. I had a miscarriage, and after I allowed myself time to heal, I jumped back into CrossFit with the new year. Since starting back, I think I’ve found a better outlook on CrossFit. Before, I was comparing myself – my looks and my abilities to others, and finding that I couldn’t compete. It was an unhealthy view because there will always be someone that is stronger or can do more than you. There will always be someone that learns the skills faster than you do, and life just isn’t always fair. I’ve learned to just “get a good workout in”, as Justin says. No matter how I feel about a workout or view my own abilities, I’m just doing the best I can with what I have. I want to be a fit mom who can be active and keep up with her little ones and enjoy them to the fullest. So that’s what I’m doing… No more stress if I miss a class or stress if I don’t do as well as I think I should. It’s really not about that.
With that comes my view of food, which I’m honestly still working on. I feel like my view of food is still an unhealthy one – as I view foods as “good” or “bad”. I crave the “bad” ones but still feel guilty when I eat them. I made so much progress in this area last year, and I have made a little progress this year as well in eliminating flavored waters and cleaning up my morning coffee, but with that I’ve also had lots and lots of cravings. I’ve had a lot of stress the past few months, and it has definitely affected me. So my goal in this would be to start again, do my best, and not give up.
I’ve got some ideas of some things I’d like to try, especially for the sake of my children. I’ve heard that there are certain foods that really affect behaviors, and I’d like to see if that proves to be true for us as well. So I might be doing my own study in this area soon, by doing things like removing foods with dyes in them and seeing how my children respond. I have one child that has meltdowns on a regular basis, and I’m willing to do whatever it takes to help him. Of course that means the rest of us will probably go along with it as well to make things easier. We’ll see!