I am pleased as can be that my weight loss competition is over but, without it, I’m floundering for direction, routine, and accountability.

GymTrainerVanessa is obsessed — I mean obsessed — with setting “SMART goals” and I appreciate her insistence on me setting some. “SMART goals” are a management-oriented acronym in which SMART stands for:

  • Specific – target a specific area for improvement.
  • Measurable – quantify or at least suggest an indicator of progress.
  • Assignable – specify who will do it… Although I think ATTAINABLE might be more appropriate here.
  • Realistic – state what results can realistically be achieved, given available resources.
  • Time-related – specify when the result(s) can be achieved.

George T. Doran, There’s a S.M.A.R.T. way to write management’s goals and objectives

So I have to go about setting some. Right now my goals are loosely:

  1. Don’t gain weight. I’m on a scale-burn-out. This couldn’t be any more SMART. Time starts now. I’ll revisit this some other time when I didn’t just finish an 8 week diet.
  2. Workout as much as I can tolerate or is practical. That’s about 4-6 times per week for about 30 mins to 1.5 hours per workout session. I enjoy working out so that’s not a problem. I do not enjoy when there is no more milk in the fridge because I’ve spent all my free time at the gym. Balance is necessary.
  3. Run treadmill 5K soon. Maybe in April. Get ‘er done. My knees do not appreciate outdoor 5K goals as much as indoors.
  4. Mudderella. Speaking of outdoor fitness, some friends including the MercerMe gals are doing a mud run in May. I signed up for it. Only a real chicken wouldn’t show up. (Chee-cha!)
  5. Reduce body fat %. I get measured at the gym. You can buy contraptions online that will let you measure at home. I’m at around 26 point something now. I’d like to get down to 24% and then revisit whether that’s where I want to stay. GymTrainerVanessa said if I work out HARD between now and July, she’ll remeasure me then. JULY, baby. I’ve been lifting.

And that’s it! I think I should pad the list with things I know I can attain easily so I can cross them off the list… The more stuff and the more reasonable it all is, the better I’m going to feel. The scale doesn’t own me. I own me. And getting realistic short and long term goals, I hope, will keep me motivated.

Speaking of being motivated — the feature picture on this post is Ludacris. Set your Pandora to a Ludacris mix and you’ll have a hard time NOT getting in your best workout. You’re welcome.

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.