I've never been fond of the concept of a bucket list - that list of things you really want to do before you die. I figure, just do them now instead of writing them down, saves time and paper. But I am a fan of prioritizing, putting down in black and white what truly matters, and letting the little stuff slide. For my MBA course right now I am doing pre-work exercises, designed to help you figure out your day, and what you can trim down while you shoehorn in your education. Ironically, it's stuff like this - blogging - that I could easily cut out. Writing takes a lot of time. Editing takes time. Finding links...you get the idea. But blogging helps keep me same, so for now, blogging stays. Facebook and LJ can go, and quickly. So that will free up some chunks of time. My favorite websites can fall to the wayside for the time being - Financial Times and Harvard Business Review will be my go-to URLs for the foreseeable future. The same needs to be said for getting healthy - you have to figure out what goals are important, and which aren't, and tailor your regimen to that concept.
I think the reason so many diets/health plans/whatever you call them fail is that people fail to prioritize their goals - they say to themselves "I want to look like Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex in the City, in the next 90 days!". People, puh-leaze. It takes SJP a couple of hours in the hair and makeup chair to look like SJP in SITC, you think YOU are going to pull it off in 12 weeks? No. Pick a realistic goal, like "I hope to walk up 3 flights of stairs without getting winded" or "I want to walk 3 miles". If you shoot too high when you are just starting out, you'll get frustrated and more than likely give up. Set immediate, smaller goals for yourself along the way, while keeping your eye on the larger prize.
For now, my IMMEDIATE goal is to get healthy enough to run around in the Closing Ceremonies without looking (and feeling!) like I am going to die. My long term, possibly by the age of 40 goal is to wear a tankini at the beach. But within my immediate goal, I have smaller sub goals. Right now, I need to focus on weight loss, and increasing lung capacity, then I'll work on longer cardiac pushing exercises, and the like. So I'm working on food choices as well as increasing aerobic activity. Putting on muscle isn't the largest issue right now, it's getting the fat off first, so my muscles can actually work the way they are supposed to.
This weekend, my mini goal is to enjoy my birthday, have lots of love and cuddles with my husband and kid, and then start again on Monday. Little goals, added up, equal great things. "From little acorns..." and all that. Have a good weekend, folks!