I just raised the number of calories I plan to actively burn each day this week.
Let me explain … I have an Apple Watch which I use to track my fitness regime. I’ve blogged about this here.
One of the categories I track is how many calories I burn in a day. I’m talking about active calories, not the calories we burn just breathing, eating, sitting and walking.
Active calories are the ones I burn by exercising and being active, by raising my heart rate above a certain level.
Today I realized when setting my goal for the week that I’m now planning on burning 520 calories per day this week.
That might not seem like a lot to you and, to be honest, I smash that goal most days. But what struck me was that, at this time last year, my goal was only 320 calories per day and I wasn’t hitting it every day.
In fact, back then I couldn’t see how I could consistently burn that many calories every day of the week. Some days, sure, but what about those days when I sat at my desk most of the day and didn’t have much time to exercise or do any activity?
You see, the goal isn’t a big deal for one particular day; the goal becomes a bigger deal when you consider you have to do it seven days in a row and not have a bad day where you miss exercising or miss just getting up and moving around a little bit.
A year ago I didn’t have a plan to ensure I could meet a goal like this.
But as I sought to up my calorie-burning goal, I developed a plan that would help me consistently reach that goal each day.
The plan took a while to come together, but by February of this year I had my plan and pattern set. Since that time, I’ve only missed my calorie goal once … and I missed it by 25 measly calories!
It was a mistake; I didn’t pay attention and I blew it. By the way, that was after 231 days in a row of making that goal. You can read about that here.
I realized this morning that I have grown my weekly goal from 320 to 520 in the last year by small increments.
Many weeks I didn’t increase my goal and sometimes I lowered it, but I kept going. Even through injury and sickness, I kept going.
Today I am much farther ahead than I ever imagined. And I did it just a little bit at a time.
It seemed like such a small thing but it has grown into something much bigger.
Here’s the thing: Do you have a spiritual goal, or aspirations for your relationship with God? Have you ever dreamed of what your relationship with God could be like? Well, don’t try to set some lofty goal or make a promise that is too large to keep. Do it in increments – little ones. If your goal is to establish a consistent quiet time, start with 5 minutes a day. If it’s to journal, begin by writing a quarter of a page a day. But just don’t settle there. Continue by increments when you feel you can take a little risk. Don’t try to be a spiritual giant in a day. You will surprise yourself by how far you’ll go if you just keep adding small increments.
Question: What goal do you need to set or increase for this coming year? Leave your comments below.