Your Fitness Map for 2013
by Kayla Howard
As the new year rapidly approaches, it’s time to start thinking about your fitness goals in 2013. “But, shouldn’t we wait until January 1st for that?” …you might wonder. That does seem to be the traditional time for planning goals for the new year, but I’m going to suggest that you actually start now…Why not get ahead of the game!
Let me ask you a question. Have you ever made a fitness map before?
Maybe you haven’t made a fitness map, but you have made a goal map. Even if you haven’t, I want you to give it a go this year using these simple steps!
Step #1, What worked?
What things did you do this year that worked well and helped you make progress toward losing weight and better fitness? Write them down. Make a list under that heading and you might be surprised to see how many things are going well.
Step #2, What did not work?
What things prevented you from accomplishing something? Again, write them down. Use the computer to make this document, use a good old fashion piece of paper, or draw yourself a picture—just write it down.
Step #3, What did you accomplish this year?
This is different than what worked. Under the “what worked” section, you are filing actions that brought you closer to a result. Here, list your results.
Step #4, What do you want to accomplish next year?
After you’ve evaluated what worked, what didn’t, and what results you had, now it’s time to make a goal for for the new year. But, I want you to abide by a few rules while make these goals…
- Make them specific, (in other words, not “I want to lose 2-4 sizes sometime next year” but more along the lines of, “I want to complete 5 Basic Workout per week until March, then move myself up to 3 Total Workouts per week”).
- Create time deadlines for your goals.
Step #5, What needs to happen?
Finally, write down the things that need to happen, stuff you need to buy, places you need to go, groups you need to join—whatever it is that needs to take place in order to help you reach your goal.
Remember, this map is for you, and the more detail you give it, the more likely you’ll be able to follow it. It’s hard to follow a map with general directions…”ya, go that way for awhile, then that’a other way for some time…” You’ll be lost and give up in no time with directions like that.
Here is to a great 2013!
Kayla Howard is a stay at home wife and homeschooling mom who loves to teach the T-Tapp method of staying fit in 15 minutes a day from the comfort of your own home. She is a Biblical Health Coach and Master T-Tapp Trainer, certified to teach all forms of T-Tapp. If you’d like to know more about becoming and staying fit and healthy, Kayla is happy to answer your questions! Visit her website: www.kaylahoward.com