Tracking and Attaining Your Fitness Goals

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Your fitness goals are for NOW…

Did you set any fitness goals for yourself this month?

And if so, do you use wearable devices to track your exercise and self-care activities?

I’ve found my Fitbit to be a really helpful tool for a number of years now. It allows me to track my exercise regimen, along with some other self-care efforts without having to spend extra time doing it.  

So, do you have a Fitbit? Or do you use another device? 

Tracking your fitness goals…

I appreciate its flexibility when it comes to goal-setting. And I love checking it throughout my day, as it works away in the background. It lets me know where I am, relative to my goal. And I can then tweak my activities accordingly.

My VA also has a Fitbit.  She was recalling, the other day, how surprising her first discovery was when she put it on. It confirmed her suspicion about how little she was moving in a ‘typical’ day.  She also learned that she wasn’t getting enough sleep.

Learning this important, baseline information was eye-opening for her. She immediately set herself the standard goal – 10,000 steps a day.  And she also worked to increase her sleep time. With some planning and effort, she notes that it hasn’t been too difficult to meet both challenges.

Snow, rain, and special events may disrupt your plans and schedules from time to time. But, at least when it comes to your steps, it’s possible to anticipate some of those temporary hiccups and build up some surplus steps ahead-of-time.

And beyond the good feeling of meeting your fitness goals, you’ll notice that energy levels increase and, overall, you just feel better.

On the other hand…

When your fitness efforts come from a critical place, then your goal-setting becomes something that serves your inner critic, rather than serving you.  Your exercise becomes less about self-acceptance and self-care and more about trying to placate that voice or attain some external ideal.

You aren’t acting from a well-spring of grounded self-reference. And my guess is that you’re not having much fun, either!

Disconnected from self-nurturance, your follow through on your Fitbit goals becomes more and more rote and mechanical. Compulsive, joyless and driven, you go through the motions.  Your heart isn’t in it, and yes, it is zombie-like.

When you’re working from this base, you are likely to get discouraged and/or rebellious.  Either way, your Fitbit is going to land in a drawer before too long.

Self-Care is the Goal

The good news is that you have absolute power in this matter.  It’s the power of your time choices.  You decide what your motivation will be and what kind of energy your Fitbit goals will be grounded in.

The choices you make about this have a profound impact on how you follow-through, how you feel about the activity, and how you feel about yourself in general.

So, are you befriending yourself in a caring way as you work with your Fitbit? Or are you an unreasonable, critical, and demanding task-master?

The choice is yours.

And here’s more help for you…

Do you ever feel like you’re running on empty and there are no gas stations anywhere to be found? That’s what it’s like when you aren’t taking care of yourself.

It’s an awful feeling, and one that’s all too familiar for many of us. In fact, if I had to guess, I’d say that finding time for self-care is one of the biggest challenges going. And I’ve created an E-Guide that addresses this challenge and offers you a path to creating your own, rejuvenating self-care routines and rituals. It’s titled “Self-Criticism or Self-Care? How Your Choices Define You, Your Time, and Your Life.”

This E-Guide gets right down to business as it offers questions, insights and exercises aimed at helping you come to a deeper understanding of:

  • What gets in your way when it comes to taking care of yourself.
  • How your capacity for compassion is connected to self-care.
  • The activities that are most nurturing for you, and how to include them in your schedule, EVERY day.

To begin your self-care journey and claim your copy of “Self-Criticism or Self-Care? How Your Choices Define You, Your Time, and Your Life” click below:

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