5 Reasons To Set Monthly Health & Fitness Goals

A new month means new goals to chase!  All year on the blog I've been sharing my monthly goals.  Today, I'd like to discuss 5 solid reasons why I think having monthly goals is a great way to keep you motivated and focused throughout the year.  

1.  Generally speaking, smaller goals are more attainable.  Less daunting goals, mean you are more likely to reach them.  

2.  You can tailor each monthly goal towards your current training needs and well, life in general.  For example, if I'm going to be taking a 10 day family vacation in April, you know I won't have a goal to run 50 miles that month!  For me, it wouldn't happen and I'd be setting myself up for failure.  A more reasonable goal would be to workout 3-4 days during the trip.  Likewise, if I know I have an obstacle race to train for, I'll give myself some pretty tough goals to reach to make sure I give it my all during training.

3.  Customizing your goals each month also keeps things fun and fresh.  You can turn it into a fun challenge and even get your friends and family involved!

4.  It can create better habits.  Let's say your goal for this month is to drink more water, specifically 64 oz. a day.  You reach your goal and are feeling the results!  You aren't going to go back to your old ways, right? Of course not, because you've created a habit and a new routine.  

5.  Lastly, having monthly goals helps you see your strength & weaknesses.  You'll begin to see patterns when either reaching or not reaching your goals and also when you are setting your goals.  Maybe you realize you aren't reaching the goals you set because they're unrealistic, so now you can break up the goal into 3 smaller monthly goals that you can reach without defeat.  

So, do you set up monthly goals?  What are some of your goals this month?  I'll be sharing my August goals tomorrow, so be sure to come back :) 

Healthy Eating | Getting Back on Track

So, like I mentioned on Monday, I've been slacking lately. My workouts & training is going great, but I've been making impulsive food choices.  I'm allowing myself way too many "cheat" meals and really not holding myself accountable for it.  I'll find myself eating junk food I've been trying to figure out why I've lost my determination and will power to say no to bad foods.  I'll admit, they taste good, but they don't make me feel any better.  I figured if I pin pointed the problem(s) then maybe I could find a solution.  After thinking about it for a few days, I came up with 2 reasons why I think I'm losing my determination.  

1) I may not be eating enough throughout the day.  Although, I don't feel hungry during the day with my current eating habits, I do get super hungry after dinner.  You know, when the kids are finally in bed & the house is quiet!  Maybe it's just my body relaxing, but I'm gonna try to eat a few more "healthy" snacks throughout the day and hopefully I won't want to eat everything in the fridge after 9pm! I plan to get back to juicing everyday, eating more nuts, and the most important thing is keeping the pantry & fridge stocked with the right food.  I'm also planning to make Sunday my meal planning day.  Let's see how that goes!  

2) I'm in a happy place.  This is not necessarily a bad thing.  I've dropped 3 sizes and 30+ pounds and lots of people are telling me how great I look.  It's nice.  Buying new clothes has been fun, too.  But, the problem is that I'm not at my goal weight yet.  I should not be happy maintaining, which is what I'm doing now.  I need to push myself harder and jump over this hurdle to reach my ultimate goal!  

So, has this happened to anyone else during their weight loss journey?  Just had a few months where you weren't feeling it.  I am really scared of falling back to my old eating habits.  But, apparently fear is not enough so I am trying to think of something to keep my eating in check.  I want to have that same will power I did when I started.  I've thought about rewarding myself with something, but spending money on myself is not a huge incentive for me.  Any ideas on ways I can get myself back to eating healthy?  Thanks in advance for the tips!