I’ve written 8 goals for 2020 which I am now working on breaking them down into smaller chunks to work on throughout the year. I’m going to share my 8 goals here and will check-in quarterly to share how they are going.
Part 4: Health Goals
Goal: Foster an environment in our home that values health through movement, eating well and rest as well as recovering and emotional health.
Every year I write a health goal. Every year they are very specific – I’m going to lose XX pounds. I’m going to run X times a week. I always have my goal ready to go on January 1 and by mid-march, it is long forgotten.
This year when writing my health goals I was also healing my broken arm. All the goals I had written in my head about strength training and building muscles and getting fit were at the very least on hold. I spent a lot of time thinking about what health looked like.
For the longest time, I have equated health to pants size, BMI score and ability to run a 5K. While I think all of these things can be pieces of a healthy life, they do not make a completely healthy life. I took this to heart when writing my health goals for 2020, focusing on what whole health looks like not just for myself but for my family.
The older my kids get the more I understand they are watching. They notice when I get up early and put on my workout clothes – they might all be riding around on school buses by the time I make it to the gym but they notice. While they are not always conscious of good food choices, they will gladly pick up an orange off the counter if its there instead of going to look for chips. None of them grocery shop so they eat what I buy. Talk about being an influencer.
In 2020 I am using my influence on my children to more bike rides, more driveway basketball, and more family hikes. I’m influencing them to eat more fresh food and try new flavors (which will be hardest for me because I like what I like and that is what I like). I’m leading the way for more Sunday afternoon naps, fresh air and quiet time that is screen-free. And I’m guiding all of us to explore our big feelings and address where they come from for better emotional health.
At the end of the year will we have better BMI scores or bigger muscles? Maybe. Will we be healthier if this goal is reached? Yes. And that makes it a goal worth working towards.