Adjusting the gun stock on my shoulder, I lined up the sight at the tip of the B.B. gun with the empty red Coke can hanging tenuously upside down on the top of the chain link fence. Gently I squeezed the trigger. Almost immediately the satisfying PING of a BB hitting a metal can reached my ears. Once again I shot a hole through my tin target.
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How does shooting a BB gun relate to fitness goals?
As a highly competitive young girl I had a goal - shoot holes in Coke cans. My shooting goal was easily measurable, definitely attainable, and very specific. It was also broken down into small steps: position gun, line the sight, squeeze trigger.
As a highly competitive mother of four I have an overarching goal - lose 10 pounds and one pants size. My fitness goal is easily measurable, definitely attainable, and very specific. AND I'm breaking it down into smaller steps.
At this time, my goal is only 10 pounds/one pants size. (Keep in mind that I already lost 15 pounds/2 pants sizes last summer.) Any double digit number feels overwhelming when taken as a whole.
Break your total goal into weekly goals.
My smaller goal is to lose 2 pounds a week for the next 5 weeks (the end of this series). 2 pounds a week is a small enough goal I can do it but is still a challenge. I set 5 weeks for the time frame because that's when this series ends.
Determine your action steps to weekly goals.
What do you need to do to accomplish your weekly goal? In order to lose 2 pounds this week I need to: eat 1200 calories a day and work out at least 20 minutes on 3-4 days a week. I can do that. It won't be easy or fun but it is measurable, attainable, and specific.
I've shared my fitness goals and action steps. Now it's your turn to share. What fitness goals do you have for this month?
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Read the other posts in this series: 10 Steps to Get Fit, How to Fail Proof Your Weight Loss, Get Fit and Eat Pancakes Too!, How to Plan to Exercise.