Saturday, April 10, 2021

Preparedness and Physical Fitness: My Journey, Part 4

In part 4 of this series I want to talk about short-term goals, what do short-term goals have to do with getting in better physical shape?  If you're like me short-term goals help break the bigger goal down into manageable parts.  

What are some short-term goals you could set?  How about ...

walking for 30 minutes at least 4 days per week for one month ...

staying within your calorie or carb allotment each day for 14 days ...

losing ____ pounds in one month ...

eating a salad everyday for one week ...

not eating after 6 p.m. for 21 days ...

walk ____ number of miles in a month ...

or maybe ...

Getting at least 8 hours of sleep every night for 10 nights

When we meet short-term goals we not only notice improvements in the way we feel and the progress we're making, but we're also gaining confidence that we can accomplish our big goal.

Some of my short-term goals for the second month were ...

Measuring my food portions,

Eating small amounts every 2 - 3 hours  

and exercising 5 days a week ... towards the end of the second month, I found that I was ready to up my exercising level and switched from the beginner video I was doing to this boosted walking video.  I went from breezing through my exercise routine back to having to do quite a bit of modifying to get through the video.  I had to remind myself that even though I was struggling to get through the video I was still making progress, I was no longer at the beginner level and let me tell you that felt good!  It was encouraging, my plan was slowly and surely working, I was on my way to getting in better physical shape!

The small victories are the fuel that inspires us to keep on keeping on when our end goal seems impossible or overwhelming.

Want to know what my short-term goal is for this week?  It's to drink 64 ounces of water each day, this does not include any other types of beverages, just water.  We've got a lot going on this week so this has the potential to be a challenge and I don't want to let this important aspect of my plan slip through the cracks. 

Okay, it's your turn, what are some short term goals that you've set or are setting on your journey to better physical fitness?

One more thing ...  for those who've asked ...  Chair Exercises, might be a possibility for those times when standing exercises are not medically possible or advisable.


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She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

Previous Entries in this series:

A Part of Preparedness We Don't Talk About Much

Preparedness and Physical Fitness, My Journey:  #1

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Some tools I'm using in my fitness journey:


Food Scale

Step Counter/tracker

Measuring cups   (The reason I went with these is the many different sizes)

Measuring spoons

Hand weights

Leslie Sansone Walk-A-Way the Pounds DVD

Chair Exercises for those times when standing exercises are not medically possible or advisable

Paper Calendar

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  1. Walking 3 times around the perimeter with the dogs. I have been increasing how many steps I take (have Fitbit Sense) each week. I am at the average of 5 miles a day working to my 10 miles a day normal. I do not walk the neighborhood. Cars just will run you over on the road and the ditch messed with my new hip.

    1. Chef Owings, 5 miles is quite a walk, glad you are working your way back to what you were doing.


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