Daily Life

Intention-based Goals

It’s no secret that I’m all about the podcasts. No kidding, I’ve got about 18 of them that I listen to on a regular basis. I go through different periods where certain podcasts really speak to me. This month, I’m all about The Lively Show. Jess is very insightful and picks fascinating guests every time, and I absolutely loved one of her latest podcasts about intention setting.

Her guest, Crystal Palecek, talked about some of the insecurities she’s had with body image and general well-being. Her words really hit home for me as someone who is prone to my own moments of self-doubt and insecurities. The whole episode was great, but it’s the last part that’s really stuck with me since I listened to it. Jess helped Crystal to come up with a few values-based intentions to describe her goals in regards to eating and exercise. The whole concept feels really fresh to me: instead of making temporary goals, trying to make goals that represent a value that’s important to me and something I want to cultivate for the rest of my life. Below is what they came up with for Crystal:

Image via Jess Lively

I thought a lot about what being healthy means to me at this point in my life. I’ve fortunately (or perhaps unfortunately?) learned that I’m an early morning exerciser. If I get it in before work, it happens. If I don’t, then it’s pretty much not happening. Right now, exercising looks like sacrificing some sleep (or let’s face it, some wasted hours spent staying up too late at night) and making a conscious effort to exercise on a regular basis. I had heard about the November Project months ago, but didn’t really look into it until recently. It’s a free fitness movement that gets together all around the country. A hundred or more upbeat people get together at the crack of dawn to exercise together in DC on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 6:30 AM. It’s kind of insane and really addicting once you get into it!

^^Here are some pictures they took after the 6:30 AM workouts. (Can you find me?)^^

I can barely feel my legs for days afterwards, and I still can’t believe I’m willingly waking up at 5:15 to bike into DC to get my butt kicked in a workout, but it’s honestly becoming one of my favorite things about DC. I’m so motivated by the people around me and becoming a part of something.

^^Hey look! I almost made this picture! #winning^^

I have a lifetime to continue figuring out what being healthy means to me, but for now, I’m figuring a few things out. I’m learning that one of my values-based intentions for exercising is to “Find a community who inspires me and grow stronger together.” It’s a start!

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