Wednesday, December 27, 2006

You've Made Your 2007 Goals. Now What?

Problem Child wrote a great post yesterday about setting goals for the new year and having a tangible list of things we can mark through to show our progress. I'm all for making lists and there's nothing quite like the feeling of taking a #2 pencil and striking through the items on a list one by one.

I've been working on some 2007 goals. Most are still in the mental stage; I haven't commited them all to paper yet. But let's pretend that I have and that I now am in possession of a beautifully typed list titled "Playground Monitor's Goals for 2007."

Now what?

Obviously those goals won't get accomplished simply by being on that list. There are some steps I need to take so I can grab that #2 and mark them off.

Here's a list (what else?) of ways to help make those goals become a reality. And as an example, we're going to use one of my goals.

This is an elliptical trainer. There's one just like it in the bonus room over my garage which is also my DH's office, painting studio, music conservatory and now, exercise room. It was our Christmas present to each other. It's supposed to give one a great all-over workout -- upper and lower body -- plus give you weight-bearing benefits for your bones without the pounding and jarring to your joints that jogging or even walking a treadmill causes.

I need to exercise. I've gained weight. My clothes don't fit. My thighs rub together. I don't want to wait until I have a dowager's hump to start worrying about bone density loss.

So one of my goals for 2007 is to use this machine and sculpt a new body for myself. Oh, I'm not fooling myself into thinking I'll end up looking like Hilary Swank did in "Million Dollar Baby." I don't want bulging muscles. I'd just like to be able to fit back into the dress I wore to my son's wedding last year and wear it at awards night at RWA in Dallas next summer.

I've done some research online about elliptical training and found that 20 minutes of elliptical work is like 30 minutes of jogging without the stress on your feet and joints. I've also read that I need at least 20 minutes of exercise that raises my heart rate and I need it at least 3-4 times a week. So I've marked on my calendar the days when I plan to climb the stairs to the bonus room and hop on the machine. I doubt I'll be able to suffer through 20 minutes straight at the beginning. But if I do two 10 minute sessions a day I'll still get benefits and I'll be increasing my endurance as I go. And regardless, something is better than nothing.

Of course, I had to plan around things. I have a little medical procedure (which I lovingly refer to as the Roto Rooter job) coming up in mid-January, so I know I will not be hopping anywhere except the bathroom on the day before the procedure. And at some point I have to have surgery for a bone spur and partial rotator cuff tear in my left shoulder.

I've also talked with the DH about how to use the machine to achieve what I want. He's been using an elliptical trainer at his gym for about 5 years. I'm sure he'll nag... uhm... encourage me to follow through with my program. And I should probably take a photo of myself before and tape it to my bathroom mirror along with a photo of the dress I want to fit back into. And I need to repeat to myself daily "I WILL fit into that dress by next July!"

I have no doubt I'll have some obstacles, especially if I take my eye off my goal of wearing that dress again next summer. But with my mentor encouraging me and the photo posted on the mirror and my schedule written in my calendar, I should be able to get my eye back on my goal and knock those pesky obstacles out of the way.

So... that's my goal. And in the course of telling you about it, I've given you the tools for achieving your goals. What are those tools?

Have a Plan (my research and the schedule for my workouts)
Be realistic (not expecting Hilary Swank's body or that I can do the max workout right away))
Be flexible (accepting I won't be able to work out that day in mid-January or when I have the shoulder surgery)
Seek help/have a mentor (talking with the DH about the machine and doing online research)
Believe/Visualize your goal (putting up a before photo plus a photo of the dress)
Be Accountable (the DH nagging... uhm... encouraging me, not to mention Y'ALL nagging... uhm... encouraging)
Write it down (the schedule in my planner plus the photos)
Affirmation (repeating to myself that I will wear that dress next July)

Last but not least, stay focused. Henry Ford wrote, "Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. " So keep your eyes on the prize.
I also will have some writing goals as well this year and I've been careful to make them goals I can control. They're writing goals, not selling goals because I can control my writing but cannot control an editor. My sister and I are going to do another girl trip this year and we're talking about a Caribbean cruise. And I have some shoulder surgery I need to schedule and get done before I damage my rotator cuff any more. Plus I have another goal I'm toying with but I'm not ready to publicize it yet.

A journey of a thousand steps begins with a single step. -- Lao-Tzu

But just how many steps do I have to take on that elliptical machine until I've lost weight and my thighs don't chafe???

Have you come up with a plan of action to make sure you achieve your 2007 goals?

P.S. Tell us a little about your goals and how you plan to achieve them and one lucky commenter will win a prize!

P.P.S Carol and Karen T are the winners from yesterday. Please email Problem Child to arrange for your prize.


Anonymous said...

I want two finish two manuscripts i started this year that got shoved aside due to requests. One's on the shorter side, so hope to do that one first. End of March is my personal deadline for that.

I need to tone up a little too, so I got some dvd sets of shows I like so I'll put those on while I go on the air walker and do the bowflex, put my mind on something else other then breathing lol

Good luck with the shoulder surgery! My dad went through that last December.

Meljprincess said...

Congrats Carol and Karen!!

I have one goal and it is to not spend so much time on the computer in 2007. I'm removing myself from newsletters and groups and striving to go online every three days or so.

Problem Child said...

Thighs not touching is also a goal of mine...

Kathy said...

Oh, the chafe! Alas, I know it well...

Excellent strategy, PM! The list is simple, easy enough to personalize and makes perfect sense! I pledge to take your list and refer to it while I make my own for 2007. Perhaps, I, too, will be wearing the red gown I wanted to wear this past July and couldn't fit into when I go to Dallas. Nah, who am I kidding! LOL.


alissa said...

My goal is to show appreciation for all that my mother-in-law did for me since I met her. She treats me like a queen and showers me with gifts, goodies etc and is always kind and considerate, yet I do not reciprocate at all in any way and have been in fact spiteful to her in the past. So that is a very important ideal that I must achieve.

ellie said...

My goal is to learn how to cook, if not gourmet meals then at least meals that are attractive, inviting and definitely delectable. It is time to take this seriously since eating well balanced meals is important and vital for my health and that of my family as well.

kim said...

to spend time with family and rest more./

joelle said...

I would like to reach this goal of a lifetime. I would love to travel and experience a dream that I have had for many years. Due to money constraints, children, work etc. it was not possible, but now I want to badly before my health deteriorates. I would love this opportunity to see the world.

KimW said...

My goal is to exercise at least three times a week. Doesn't sound too tough as I write it, but I do really hate to exercise.

Jennifer Y. said...

I want to lose weight as well...and keep it off. I plan on changing my eating habits and exercising more...I have a couple of excercise machines collecting dust that I need to use.

pearl said...

My goal this year is to achieve success in my career. It has been a lengthy and rough road but it is becoming smoother and hopefully this year will be the year for achieving fulfilment.

Anonymous said...

My goal is to overcome all my ailments and achieve contentment within. I will definitely focus on exercising regularly and diligently since that influences my health and welfare and enhances my future.

Carol said...

Thank you so much for the prize!

Congratulations Karen and thank you, Mel, for the congrats!

My goal is to read more. There are so many good books in my TBR pile and want to read them NOW! lol I also need to lose some weight. I've already lost a few pounds and if I watch what I eat and walk more I should be able to reach my goal.

Maureen said...

Well, my goals are to continue what I started this year. I started walking on the treadmill almost every day so I want to add a better diet to that. I started clearing the clutter out of my house so I want to target specific areas and work on them and I started fixing up one of the rooms in our house so I want to complete that.

Anonymous said...

My goal in 2007 is to trust life more,to be less on guard, to be more creative and passionate about life and to be more forgiving and accepting. Sounds pretty simple but it will take will power and inner strength to reach this goal. I have to work to make my dreams come true through perseverance and determination.