Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Back on the Horse Challenge - Welcome!

So, I finally have a taker! "Anonymous" posted goals this afternoon and I'm so excited to have them along with me on this challenge. The accountability is great and kept me focused on my goals today.

I encourage you to follow us on this journey and join in by posting your goals. Simply post your goals for the day or for the following day as a comment. Every day in which someone has posted their goals, I will post a "check in" post in which you can fill us in on your progress.

Make sure your goals are SMART.

S - Specific
M - Measurable
A - Attainable
R - Realistic
T - Timely

Also, they should be written in the current tense as if you are actively achieving those goals.

Here is a good example -

I lose 10 pounds in 10 weeks.

S - Specific - 10 pounds
M - Measurable - Simply step on the scale at the beginning and end of the time frame
A - Attainable - A pound a week is something most can attain with a slight change in diet and exercise
R - Realistic - 10 pounds in 5 days would be unrealistic - This is very similar to Attainable
T - Timely - Set a deadline for achieving your goal

Perhaps your goal is a little different. Maybe you're at a good weight but want to become more fit or eat better. Here are some other examples.

I drink 64 ounces of water each day for two weeks.
I workout 5 days a week for 4 weeks.
I eat 5 servings of fruits and/or vegetables each day for a week.
I eat only 3 Hershey Kisses per day for a week. (Good for choco-holics, but here's where Realistic comes into play - cutting out chocolate all together would be unrealistic, but yet attainable. Make sure you have both.)

Remember that anything you do for 14 days becomes a habit. Also remember that if you blow a goal for a day, that doesn't mean you give up and throw in the towel. Each day is a new day. We've all been there. Just be honest, own up to it and give it your all the next day.

Join me in this challenge and we can work together to improve our health and fitness!


  1. I need to spend some time on here figuring out the blog - Monica here - couldn't get this to post without being "Anonymous" - I will work on it this evening if my meeting doesn't go too late.

    Yesterday goals:
    1. Drink 64 oz water - 50% complete - fell asleep before I drank my last 32 oz cup - but maybe a good thing - because I may not have made ti through the night dry.
    2. 30 min walk tonight - didn't happen - when I made the goal it was nice and pretty out - then it got very cold and wet by the time I got off work.

    This weeks goals:
    1. No pizza - doing well
    2. No desserts - had 1/2 of a cookie a patient brought me.
    3. More fruits, veggies, low carb, high protein - doing well here.

    Long term goals:
    1. Lose 35 pounds by Thanksgiving, 40 pounds by the end of the year. - Lost 0.5 from yesterday. it is a start!
    2. Destress - doing better.
    3. Feel better, more energetic, more athletic. - taking a positive mental attitude - that is good.

    Today's goals -

    1. Drink 64oz of water. 8 oz down so far,
    2. Elliptical tonight for 30 minutes. - thought I should stay indoors with this nasty weather.
    3. Start weighing myself everyday.

    Short and long term - same as above.

    Talk soon!

  2. It can be a wheel with a stick in between it. You fundamentally use the ab wheel for roll outs, and this is actually a pretty challenging abdominal exercise.