OK, I guess I have procrastinated enough in putting these goals out on the blog so that I am accountable for them. One thing that is discussed a lot in TKD – not only there but in a lot of places, but they are the ones who are guiding me right now, so I will credit them – is making SMART goals.
SMART stands for
S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Attainable
R – realistic
T – Timely
This time I am going to set 3 goals.
The first will be that in 3 months my HgbA1C is <7.0. I know that sounds like gibberish, but it really is a very specific goal. An HgbA1C is a lab test that is done to find out what your average blood sugar has been over the last 30-60 days. For a diabetic the goal is to have it routinely under 7.0. I would eventually like to have it much lower than that, but these are the baby steps that I am taking. It will require me to test my own blood sugar and carefully monitor what I eat and how much I exercise. But I know I can do it – I just need to have more self control – especially in raiding the kids’ Halloween loot!
The second goal is an endurance goal. I will be able to walk 5K in <1 hr. That my not sound like an ambitious goal, but for me it is. This is a constant gait, not a start and stop type of thing. The second part of this goal is that I actually participate in a 5K event. That also may not sound like much, but I don’t like to get involved in big group events, especially ones where I could make a fool of myself. Remember my lack of grace and coordination? I am probably the only person who has dislocated her knee in the middle of a nurse’s station. So, to put on shoes and socks and actually go someplace where there are going to be other walkers is a huge step for me. My time frame to achieve this goal is by this spring. Early spring in our area of the country hosts a lot of walks because everyone is ready to get out of the house at the end of the winter. I will post the actual date of the walk once I find one in which to participate. I have already figured out a training method to build walking endurance. I have a walking video that I can use throughout the winter which works up to a 5K. I will share the name of the video once I dig it out……
The third goal relates to TKD. By this time in my training my kicks should be above my belt. My front kick is good to go. I could always improve it, but it is above my belt. My side kick and round kick need a lot of work. There was a time when I could pull my leg all the way up beside my ear. First – that was many moons ago! I am much older with a whole lot more miles on my body. Second – that was when I still practicing ballet. In ballet the legs are always turned out – knee to the ceiling on side lifts/kicks, or the knee facing outward when lifting/kicking to the front or back. In TKD the knee faces forward on side kicks. That requires the use of different lifting muscles and requires a different set of muscles to be stretched. So my goal – by the time my belt changes color (which will be January at the earliest), my side and round kick will be at least at belt level. I have already discussed with my TKD instructors and they have shown me exercises to facilitate this advancement.
I think all those goals fit the SMART format. If you see any that don’t please let me know so that I can adjust them! Ok, Ya’ll! I need your rooting and cheering to keep me on track.