SMART Sunday!

Hello Y Friends!

My message comes to you amidst a very unusual time in our history!  ALL of us have been impacted in some way by the coronavirus pandemic.  I know last week was spent preparing my team, planning for our next steps, and maybe panicking a little bit about what was to come next. What I recognized for my family, my corkers and me, was that I wasn’t feeling calm or focused on Friday afternoon–So I spent an hour working out, I made dinner for my family, and my husband and I had a great time hanging out with some dear friends via FaceTime—and Saturday I spent disconnecting from the world.  I recognized that I had been spending a lot of time scrolling social media and reading the news and it was creating negative impacts on my mental and physical health.  Maybe some of you can relate to that feeling?  The ‘pause’ I created on Saturday allowed me the opportunity to wake up on Sunday with a feeling of positivity and hope for the week ahead.

As we enter the the changes to our work, home, and social routines, I want to encourage you to set some SMART Goals for your week.  We see the term SMART goals a lot when working on business or health goals and I think at a time like this they are even more important.

The quick breakdown:

  • S (Specific)—Make your goal as clear as possible
  • M (Measureable)—Make your goal one that can be measured
  • A (Appropriate)—Relate your goal to the big picture/your long term goals
  • R (Realistic)—Set a goal that can be achieved
  • T (Timebound)—Give the goal a timeline

So what does that look like in times of chaos?  I am sharing my 3 SMART Goals for the week with you—these are things that I am doing to stay physically, mentally, and emotionally strong this week.  These goals are not elaborate but they help me focus on how I can continue to move forward in uncertain times.

  1. Drink 65 ounces of water every day and eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables everyday.
  2. Create one piece of material each day to share with our members to help them stay healthy in spirit, mind & body.
  3. Move my body for 60 minutes every day of this week—focusing on a variety of activities from cardio to strength training to mind/body activities.

Do I have other goals this week? Yes I do, but I am going to make sure to focus on my SMART Goals.  Will my kids make me B-A-N-A-N-A-S?  Will the world news continue to evolve? Will the Y be closed in its traditional sense?  The answer to all of those questions is most likely yes.

While we prepare for this temporary, new normal, I hope we at the Y can continue to provide the support and community you have always felt in our four walls. Stay tuned for more tips and updates on this (blog, group, webpage).  I miss seeing you, hearing about your days, and creating better health with you. Please email me at tlovings@metroymca.org, I would love to connect!

In Good Health,

Theresa Lovings, Association Director of Health and Wellness