If you have followed this blog for the last year, you have likely read my blog post(s) and endless ramble about wanting to adopt a more healthier lifestyle. The intention was there, and at the beginning, the action too, and for the first half of the year I pretty much followed through, as you saw in the check-in posts here and here.
But then came the second half, which saw this whole thing go downhill — on roller skates. There are reasons of-course (as always), but mostly there were two major events that happened in the latter part of the year, which blew all my good intentions out of the water.
I joined the corporate world again, after about a break of 6 years, and we bought (and moved into) our new home. These two things took all of my time and energy, and I was barely able to focus on anything else.
Also, while these were positive changes, I was under a lot of stress, adjusting to my/our new routine, and then came all the moving and packing, and unpacking, and arranging. Ugh just writing this makes me tired.
So to cut a long story short, I fell off the fitness wagon in the second half of the year. But it wasn’t all in vain, my ‘experiments’ have taught me a lot – my pattern, my strengths, and my weaknesses. Which is great, because that gives insight and perspective as I set goals for 2017. Well technically I am not setting yearly goals anymore, but more on that later.
What’s New This Year?
Before I get into the actual goals or how I plan to track it, I just want to update you guys on something – as of now I have found a system that kinda works for me, which is what I plan to follow all through 2017. And when I say ‘works for me’ – it’s more than just the initial enthusiasm of a new system, I have actually seen concrete results.
It all started towards the end of last year, when I was feeling pretty hopeless and lost about my overall fitness, and the appalling lack of self discipline when it came to food and exercise. I had excuses all the time, so much so, that if you ever need to justify laziness and run out of excuses, contact me – I have many to spare.
It was in this frame of mind that I picked up Rujuta Divekar’s book – Don’t Lose Your Mind, Lose Your Weight. I had heard of this book many many times, but honestly I was very skeptical about it helping me.
Not because I doubted her credentials or her method (I did not even know much about it!), but because I was extremely confident in my lack of will when it came to sticking to anything. But boy oh boy, was I in for a surprise!
Not only did her system make perfect sense to me, I found myself being able to stick to it, and actually started seeing results within the first month (It’s been a little over a month now). This was nothing short of miraculous to me.
I will detail my interpretation (and application) of her system in my review of her book, which will be up in the coming weeks.
Having said that, my application of Rujuta Divekar’s system is mostly in the food and healthy eating department. As far as the exercise side of things is concerned- I have bought some helpful gadgets and machines this year – Fitbit (which I am in love with) & an Elliptical (which I am yet to start using) to help me in my quest for fitness.
So, that is pretty much what my (current) fitness plan is. I say current because I am moving towards quarterly goals instead of yearly goals starting now.
Quarterly (All Encompassing) Goals
Like I just mentioned, this year onward, I am going to set up (and track) quarterly goals, instead of yearly goals. I picked this system up from a writer I follow on YouTube, who sets 10-20 goals for herself every quarter, and the rules are that if she has to win the quarter, she needs to complete 75% or more of these goals. And these goals span across all areas of her life.
That struck a chord with me. I think I failed at the quarterly fitness goals last year, because that was just too narrow of a focus for me, and I needed a more holistic approach when it came to my goals, so that all my priorities get represented.
So, this time the quarterly goals are going to cover all areas of my life – personal goals, reading (and reviewing) goals, fitness goals, blogging goals- pretty much everything.
That’s all from my end folks. I would love to hear from you guys? Have you set fitness goals for 2017? Have you read Rujuta’s book? Have you tried applying her principles? I would love to know what you thought of it, and if it worked (or did not work) for you. Do share!