The Importance of Setting a Goal

With Christmas right around the corner, I’m not looking to make any huge changes to my workout routine, in that I’m not jumping into a half-marathon training regimen just yet. I’m enjoying the holidays, and I’ve got the Christmas spirit in abundance this year. It helps that my tree’s been up since the beginning of December, most of my shopping is done, there is snow on the ground around these parts, and I’ve got family coming in to town soon. I love this time of year, but I try not to be annoying about it.

Now the holiday season can make for tricky planning regarding my workouts. I don’t like to run in the dark or drive in the snow, preferring to snuggle up on my couch with a good movie and a dog on my lap. Add to this a relatively hectic work schedule, holiday parties, Christmas shopping, and cookie-baking, and I’m finding it difficult to fit in a workout this week month.

My plan for the rest of December is move around as much as possible. Last week I made a goal to get to the gym 3 times, and I did that. Unfortunately I did not make any goals for this week, so I haven’t gotten any workouts done…yet. It is only Wednesday after all.

I’ve been pretty loosey-goosey with my workouts and my personal exercise goals since, like, forever. I mean if I’m only accountable to myself and I don’t seem to mind, then what’s the problem?? The problem is that I’m allowing my inner couch potato to win, and where will that lead me? Right down the road to muscle loss, frailty, health problems, weight gain, crankiness, etc. etc. My intention is to avoid all of that, but my inner couch potato is strong (I know that’s an oxymoron). How about hugely influential, and I need to find ways to get around her.
Hence the setting of goals..

I’ve got pinboards full of inspirational stuff like this. Why? Because couch potatoes love Pinterest, of course.
So my goal for the next 2 weeks is get to the gym or workout at least 3 times each week. That is totally doable, especially considering that I’ll be on vacation as of Friday afternoon at 3:00. And now I have you, my pretty little blog, to help me stay accountable.

Gotta run,
Karen