Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Why Goals Are So Important

After being gone for three weeks, I’m slowly getting back into my normal routine. I certainly have a lot to get accomplished in the next few weeks, and I also have to get back to a “normal” eating and exercise routine. One of the ways for me to not get overwhelmed is to make “to-do lists” and set specific goals. So here are my goals for the next four weeks:
  1. Prepare fall classes (I made a very specific schedule with “mini goals” to get this done)
  2. Work out every day (my definition of “work out” is very loose, but I do have to “seriously” move at least 30 minutes a day)
  3. Do at least two “serious” strength workouts a week
  4. Take vitamins and supplements every day (totally forgot about them while I was gone)
  5. Plan meals
  6. Eat lots of raw fruits and vegetables and juice again
  7. Research fall activities for the toddler and sign him up
One of the reasons for my trip was that my dad and I had set a goal when he was first diagnosed with cancer. He had started to cross the Alps by foot last year. He was following a path called “Traumpfad” (dream trail),  which leads from Munich to Venice. It takes about 30 days and is physically quite demanding. He did the first ten days last year. When I first spoke to him after his diagnosis, I remember saying to him, “If you are well enough, I’ll go with you in July.” I bought my plane ticket right away. At that time, it was more than doubtful that we could go on this adventure together, but I knew I had to visit and be near my family during this time.

Luckily, my dad was doing fairly well at the beginning of July and we set off. Unfortunately, the weather and my dad’s knee did not cooperate with our plans, and we had to come back after only three days (we had planned nine). Nevertheless, setting the goal to hike in the Alps together was one of the best decisions. It gave us both something to look forward to, to plan, to read the same book and talk about almost on a daily basis. Planning this trip gave us both the hope we so much needed. Here are some pictures from our adventure:

Questions: Do you have any goals at the moment? If so, what are they? My dad and I already have the goal to hike in the Alps again next July. Wish us luck!

Be well,


  1. What a beautiful goal your Dad set and how great that you were able to do a part of it with him and do it again next year!

    We have something in Holland called "Pieterpad". It's a walking trail from the North to the South of the country. Ít's the longest walking route we have: 492 K (307 miles) It's divided in 26 etappes, usually people do 2 in a weekend and then start the next time where they finished last. I've been thinking about doing this a lot lately and when we were on vacation and visited the starting point R. got a bit interested too, so maybe who knows ....

    I have only goal at this moment and that's running my half marathon in October and more important: finish it! My small goals each week is to get in my workouts as planned for the week.

  2. Wow, I had no idea that was your ultimate goal when you went home! The Alps are just so beautiful, and I can't imagine actually seeing them live (I've only seen them in the Sound of Music, and your pics, ha!). I'm sorry to hear you and your father couldn't accomplish the goal, but hey, three days traveling through the Alps sounds like a LOT of fun and quite an adventure.
    Right now I have several goals, but my major goal is to get through my first biathalon (this weekend) and get my invitations out for my wedding :)

  3. What a lovely goal you and your father had set. I think that is incredible..even if you didn't get to complete the journey yet.
    I have a number of things on my goal list. Right now though, it's a smaller goal of being consistent with exercise and taking care of me.

  4. What a fun reason for your trip! Also, I love your pink girlie hiking backpack. Jason doesn't understand why color is sometimes almost as important as function when you're getting gear. :)

    My goal, which I've written about, is to swim a mile open water swim for the Swim Across America fundraiser in September. To train, I have challenged myself to swim laps 4 times per week leading up to the event.

    Welcome back!

  5. Your dad sounds incredible and I'm so glad you guys had at least those few days together to enjoy and be active.

    I can't imagine how difficult it must be to get back in a groove after 3 weeks away. I know how hard 10 days was and I think I'm STILL adjusting 3 weeks later. Good luck with your goals, Andrea...you can do it :)

  6. What beautiful pictures with your and your dad in the Alps, Andrea! I'm so glad that you and your dad had some quality time together in a beautiful setting. Kudos to you dad for setting this goal for himself and kudos to you for joining him! I can't wait to see your pictures from next July :)

    Right now, my goals are short-term and very specific (mostly related to my new job and my Master's degree). As for the long term, everything is up in the air at the moment! It will depend on where we end up :)

    Have a lovely week, Andrea! I'm glad you made it back safe and sound!

  7. What a great trip to take with your father. The Alps are quite lovely, as your pictures have captured. Good luck for next year!
    My goal this year to to run 9 races that will make me eligible for the NYC marathon next year. I have run 6 already and so am almost there!

  8. How beautiful!! I would LOVE to hike the Alps. Thanks for sharing the lovely photos :)

  9. What a lovely trip to take with your Dad. Sorry you had to cut it a bit short, but hats off to you both for the three days, and the quality time together!!! Hope your Dad continues to feel well!!! Love the Alps photos. Glad you are back in the groove Andrea, and the goals are coming together. Have a great day!

  10. Andrea, I'm sure your dad will be so proud of you. What a great trip you had there. I wish I can have at least once in my life time too! Such beautiful view. Thanks for taking us along.
    Hope you're enjoying your day, dear.

  11. WHAT a BEAUTIFUL place to hike and with your DAD TOO??

    Good for you Andrea!

    I love your goals. Mine are pretty simple.
    diet, exercise and read more.
    I am enjoying it!
    Happy Wednesday

  12. My goal is to exercise everyday in some way... walking, hiking, biking, etc.

  13. Love the pictures Andrea - love it! Love all your goals too - I need to get more specific to meet my goal of 9 more pounds lost before Labor Day - time is going by so quick!

  14. what a great trip and with your dad! I didn't know that you were going to trek with your Dad!!!! I'm sure that you enjoyed each other's company a lot and the place looks amazing! I hope I can visit there one day! :)

    I can't wait to go back to US after all the trips that I have planned and start a routine. Although I enjoy traveling a lot, sometimes when I'm away from home for more than a month, I kind of miss the routines! I guess I'll do a to-do list when I go back!

  15. I loved reading about this and loved that you got this time with your dad - very cool opportunity, despite that it didn't go entirely as planned.

    Wonderful pictures and best of luck on all of your goals!

  16. What a lovely thing that you got to share your dad's goal...even if he didn't meet it exactly as planned, I'm sure it was a beautiful moment...and the Alps is gorgeous!!

    have you been up Griffith Park yet? :-)

  17. Wow these pictures are simply breathtaking!!! I am so happy you got to do this with your dad. How special and I look forward to hearing about your trip next July! :-)

    Sorry if this posts twice. I've been having a bit of trouble commenting on Blogger blogs.

  18. That is just amazing! I love the photos and the fact that you and your dad did this together. Three days is better than none!

    I need to set some new goals for Fall. Right now I am just healing from minor oral surgery and looking forward to eating real food!

  19. Beautiful photos. I love what you did for your dad. I think goals are important to stay organized and to stay positive too. I've learned with marathon training and injuries that it's not so much about the race but the training and focus. I don't know if you read a post a wrote about my friend Jen Goodman (last week you may have been away) but when things got tough she just needed a plan. We all do.

  20. It certainly is a beautiful place. I love the photos. My goal is more health based. I have a goal of changing to a healthier lifestyle, losing weight and eating better.

  21. Whoa, hiking the alps! Now, that's a lofty, wonderful goal, indeed. I hope you and your Dad get to the top. ;)

  22. i love the photos! so happy for you that you did this wonderful hike! ----marilen

  23. so nice to look at your photos!---marilen