As 2018 rolled in, I began to reflect on how good life can be when you are in your 50’s and 60’s! We as women generally have more time to devote to our personal care. If you have had children and are not an emptynester, (and I am not!) chances are your children are old enough to do most of their self-care, drive to their sport or music practices and help out with chores around the house. That opens up time that we had spent earlier in our life, caring for pre-school and elementary school children. Even if you work a full time job (and I do!) you can take more time before and after work to do the things you could not do when you were getting children up and fixing their meals. If you have never had children, chances are your career is established and you can negotiate time for self-care. The 50’s and 60’s truly ARE the decade to dedicate time to ourselves. We are wiser, have more free time and ready to prioritize ourselves.
For this New Year, my list of goals hasn't changed much, but I am making them more specific. I am still going to focus on my distance running by picking two half marathons to train for. I will focus on strength training 3-4 days per week with a four-week program set out each month. I am going to set aside time to practice my meditation and mindfulness daily. And I am going to continue to grow my knowledge in our plant based eating through reading, research and following the example of several leaders in this field.
I would love to have you join me in this challenge for 2018. Remember to make SMART GOALS:
Specific. Specific refers to what you are going to do. Use action words such as exercise, eat, and coordinate. Think about why you are choosing this particular goal. A good idea of a SPECIFIC goal is: I am going to walk 3 miles in 45 minutes by March 1st.
Measurable. If you can measure it, you can’t manage it. Choose a goal with measurable progress. You may have a long-term goal, but have smaller measurable steps along the way. For example, if you want to run a 6-mile race in the spring, you should set your training program to build your mileage each week.
Achievable. Set goals that are achievable for YOU and you only. Your friend may want to run a marathon in May. This may not be important or attainable for you. You may need to set a goal of running a 5k in March.
Realistic. This does not mean easy. It means Do-able. Set the bar high enough to feel satisfied when you attain your goal, but not so high that the thought of your goal is overwhelming. For example, rather than setting a goal not to eat sweets all month, it may be more realistic to set a goal to eat only one sweet per week.
Timely. Set a time frame for your goal. Next week, next month, by spring. Putting a clear target in front of you gives you something to work toward and allows you start on it right away. Remember though, if your time is more than a few weeks in the distance, set interim goals to get you there.
I would love to hear from you about your goals for YOU in 2018. Good luck and let me know how I can help.