Health Goals are like Chore Charts

Health Goals are like Chore Charts

The thumbnail is our family chore chart. We had a blackboard wall, with rulers screwed into the wall, with clothespins pinned to the rulers. I wrote chores and subjects to be studied on the clothespins. The kids would flip the clothespins to the other side once they did their chore or studied their subject.

If you asked my kids if the chore chart worked . . . I would not be surprised if they said it failed. I have heard at least one murmur that. But, that is only true if you are a perfectionist. And I am not. At least, I am not after having kids.

The chore chart led to more work getting done than if we hadn’t had a chore chart. I call that success.

At the beginning of this month, I committed to a self-made regimen . . . from my post on February 1 . . .

“So, for the month of February, I am dedicating myself to a certain regimen. It is not some fancy diet that someone else made for me because I am rather unapologetically rebellious. I made it up. I’ll call it . . . the 0-5 lifestyle. 0 grains, dairy, sugar . . . 1 daily workout comprised of 100 air squats or 3 sets of 10 weighted squats, 50 push-ups and 100 hip thrusts, gradually weighted . . . 2 cups of coffee and servings of nuts . . . 3 servings of protein . . . 4 large glasses of water . . . 5 servings of greens. I’m going to do this for the 28 days of February.”

Did I perfectly follow it? No. But I followed it more than I would have otherwise. I actually cheated a lot because I did some traveling and then had to catch up from the travel.

I started the month at 202. My weight at the end of the month was 201. So I lost one pound. Considering how much I cheated, that is pretty good. And I began the month of January at 212 so, really, I am down 11 pounds from the beginning of the year. My work pants and jeans are fitting more loosely so I’m still in the same size, but they fit better. So . . . the squats and hip thrusts helped.

I am adjusting my goals this month. Health goals are important to make and stick to as much as possible. You don’t have to perfectly meet them. If they make you do more than you would have otherwise, that is good enough.

As is true with chore charts. So keep up with the chore charts even if they are never completed perfectly and your kids snicker about them. Some day they’ll understand.

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