My Goals for the year

My life vision gives me direction by defining my passions. It motivates, excites and inspires me to do what I want to do. It cannot stand alone. It needs goals to to make my it come to life.

Setting goals as a retired person is no different than how I set them as a working person. They need to support my vision. They need to be specific, measurable and have a time box to keep me moving ahead.

I set my goals annually and track my progress through the year. My goals are not static but change to reflect where I am in life. Goals set themselves apart from New Year resolutions by being living breathing beings.

My goals are separated into three categories. Eating healthy. Being active. Living the good life. They guide me in living a healthy happy retirement and making a difference in my community.

Eating Healthy

Initial Goals

  • Begin using fruits and vegetables for between meal snacks.
  • Drinking 8 glasses of water daily reducing drinking of carbonated beverages.

Short Term (3 month) Goals

  • Drink water rather than choosing carbonated beverages.
  • Eat 5 servings of fruit and vegetables each day.
  • Limit eating refined carbohydrates and refined foods.
  • Be mindful of the nutritional value of the foods I consume.
  • Track the nutritional value of what I eat.

Long Term (1 year) Goals

  • Carbonated beverages are not part of my diet.
  • My diet is primarily nutritional natural foods with smaller amounts of refined carbohydrates and refined foods.
  • Maintain a weight of 170-180 pounds (BMI of 27.0 – 28.6).

Being Active

Initial Goals

  • Join a fitness facility to enable regular strength training and aerobic exercise.
  • Workout at a fitness facility 2-3 times a week and at home 2-3 times per week.

Short Term (3 month) Goals

  • Exercise 5-6 times a week at an easy to somewhat hard intensity (4-7 on a 1-10 scale) increasing aerobic exercise from 2-3 to 5-6 times a week.
  • Strength train 2-3 sets of 8-12 repetitions at a moderate weight for 2-3 times a week.
  • Increase my flexibility after each workout by stretching 2 repetitions of 20-30 seconds.
  • Include a 3-5-minute warm-up and cool-down period with each workout.

Long Term (1 year) Goals

  • Ride my bike, run, hike or workout 5-6 times a week and track my progress.
  • Increase the amount and intensity of my workouts to somewhat hard to hard.
  • Enjoy a variety of bicycle rides and tours as a participant and leader.
  • Cycle at least 2,018 miles in 2018.

Living the Good Life

Initial Goals

  • Develop my role as Treasurer for the Heart of Ohio Trail Friends.
  • Decrease the time I watch TV and engage in activities such as reading, blogging, hiking or volunteerism.
  • Get out of the house 1-2 times a week.

Short Term (3 month) Goals

  • Help the Heart of Ohio Trail Friends grow their outreach by using my experience in marketing, communications and event planning.
  • Develop a weekly cycling calendar for the Heart of Ohio Cyclopaths.
  • Develop a plan to grow the Heart of Ohio Cyclopaths membership and involvement.
  • Research local hiking and walking options and build a plan to start a group if a need exists.
  • Participate regularly in activities that get me out of the house multiple times a week.
  • Determine what faith means to me and visit local faith communities.
  • Enroll in an American Sign Language (ASL) class.

Long Term (1 year) Goals

  • Be actively involved in and out in my community 2-3 times a week.
  • Actively use my experience and grow the Heart of Ohio Trail Friends community.
  • Double the membership and involvement of cyclists in the Heart of Ohio Cyclopaths.
  • Be actively involved in a local hiking and walking group. Build the group if none exists.
  • Regularly blog with a focus on enjoying my retirement years.
  • Return to semi-regular worship.
  • Carry on a conversation in American Sign Language.
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