Short and long term goals in fitness, knitting (and life)

Believe it or not, I am a knitter. (I know, I don’t look like a knitter. But what does a knitter look like?)

I knit for the same reason I exercise; it relieves stress, it’s a productive use of my time, it teaches me new things and it’s introduced me to many new friends; friends I might not have met otherwise.

There are a lot of similarities between knitting and fitness. I’ve blogged at length about them before here. But one of the most important elements the two have in common is the need for both short and long term goals.

Short term goals hold your interest for a few days or weeks at best. Not too much investment. Easy to forget about once attained. In contrast, long term goals require you to look beyond the immediate and see the bigger picture. More investment, more stops and starts, more satisfaction when you reach them.

My current short and long term goals?


Short term: socks, always socks. I’m currently working on a wild-stripey pair for my 9-year old daughter. Knitting socks for kids has to be about the shortest term project out there. You cast on, knit while watching an episode of House and presto, it’s time to turn the heel. Four to 6 evenings of television and they’re done. Almost instant satisfaction (unless, of course, your child then refuses to wear them because they’re either too pretty or too itchy to come in contact with their foot…).

Long term: a beautiful, flowing, drapey cardigan for me. Garments don’t always have to be long term projects (I’ve knit a chunky weight vest on 6 mm needles in a weekend), but this one is knit in sport-weight yarn (very thin) on 4 mm needles (moderately small) and has a very large, overlapping collar and extension PLUS long sleeves. I’m hoping it will be done in time to wear as an evening cover up come summer… Here’s what it’s supposed to look like

This is what mine looks like right now; still a fair ways to go…


Short term: consistently get to the weight room 3 times a week, yoga and spinning once or twice. Showing up is all that matters for my short term goals. I’ve been tweeting (and will continue to tweet) my #PROOF pics just to stay accountable and motivated.

Long term: other than my super long term goal to do unassisted pull-ups (it occurs to me that if I was being consistent, this would be a short term goal; funny how short terms goals can turn into long term goals, isn’t it?), I don’t really have any. I’m not training for any particular event. I’m not trying to drop weight or body fat (not to say that I wouldn’t love to be a bit leaner, but I’m not really concentrating on it these days).

I think I just added another action item to my short term fitness goal list: identify a long term fitness goal!

I’m keeping my long and short term life goals to myself (for now). Suffice it to say, we’re Β all works in progress!

What are your current short and long term fitness goals?

What other areas in your life do you set goals for?


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  1. Fitness short term is to keep up with the bootcamp I’m doing and follow my training plan.

    Long term is to do vertical knee raises but with my legs straight out. I have made it a goal to do at least 10 knee raises every time I workout in the home gym. I will do this!

    Another long term…lose 100+ pounds WHEW!

    Other than that I have some big business goals that I have set for myself.
    Angie @ Losing It and Loving It recently posted…Let’s Support a Great CauseMy Profile

    • Angie, you go girl! 100 pounds is a phenomenal goal! Let me know if you need any support!
      Looking forward to hearing more about your business goals…

  2. Must admit I wish I could get into knitting like you and my grandma. I’ve tried multiple times but have had no luck. It’s not that I can’t do it, it’s that I do not find it relaxing. Unfortunately I’m constantly focusing on the end product and not enjoying the process. Love the cardigan. So very pretty.

    As for my goals, my short term is to complete my next half marathon. My long term (which isn’t so long term anymore!) is to complete my first half ironman triathlon at the end of summer. Fingers crossed all goes well.

    Hope you begin to feel better!!
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    • Ha, ha! I have heard many people say that knitting does the opposite of relaxing them! It’s all about getting in the groove; kind of like a long run, I suppose!
      You have amazing goals! I hope you’re feeling better and can resume your training soon!

  3. i would LOVE to learn how to knit. i tried once and did alright but then just kinda dropped it
    Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean recently posted…How To Eat Healthy During The WeekMy Profile

    • Lindsay, I have been knitting for 35 years now. It’s always been just what I do! Sometimes it gets put on the back burner for awhile, but then I get addicted again and can’t stop!

  4. So inspiring, I now feel like I need to evaluate and make a concrete list of my short and long term goals so thank you! I crochet and run, currently having a few bumps in the road with that one. My short term goals include getting back on the trails even if it means just walking and crochetting long socks for the chilly morning strolls. Long term I’d like to be a stay at home mom with a small crochet income potential. Keep up the great work!

    • Brittany, I have tried to crochet but just can’t get the hang of it. It feels so strange to have only one tool in my hands!
      Can you walk and crochet at the same time?
      I have seen knitters do this, but I need to look at my hands a lot, so maybe not the safest option for me!

  5. I am so impressed by your knitting skills. I don’t think I have the coordination for that!
    My short term fitness goal is to show up and sweat just like yours is. I want fitness to be a normal part of my life again and I feel like I am always super focused on eating right or exercising and never both at the same time. I guess that is what my long term lifestyle goal should be!
    Talia @ Bite Size Wellness recently posted…Cauli-ful: Show Off with Colored CauliflowerMy Profile

    • Talia, maybe we should Skype knitting lessons as well as group exercise? LOL!
      I find that exercise and good eating habits go hand in hand; when I fall off the wagon on one, the other is soon to follow!

  6. I love the cardigan– and the color you chose for it. So rich! I’ve never knit more than a scarf, so needless to say– I am beyond impressed!

    My short-term fitness goal is to continue to stick to morning workouts. I never thought I’d be a morning exerciser, but after four weeks of consistent AM workouts, I am hooked (or I hope I am, at least). I’m training for a 200 mile relay, so finishing that race proud is my current long-term goal.

    I need to be better about setting goals in other areas of my life (hello, work/life balance!)– thanks for the reminder!
    Elizabeth recently posted…Today: Look at me! I’m three!My Profile

    • Just think of a sweater as a long scarf with a bit of shaping!
      Whenever I get intimidated by a big project or some new technique, I just focus on following the line by line directions and have faith that I’ll end up with the garment the pattern shows!

      A 200 mile relay is huge! Best of luck to you!

  7. LOVE this comparison! Yes, people need to have both. When people concentrate too much on the long part, they lose track of how much they have accomplished to date. Many give up because the say “i have so far to go” YET they have come so far too! πŸ™‚

    Right now my short AND long term goals are to stay focused lifting heavier to maintain & increase my muscle mass with age. PATIENCE! πŸ˜‰ Short term, just to focus on the present & keep trying to lift heavier. Longer – get my legs in better shape cause age is hurting them & my butt! πŸ˜‰

    Love that you knit!!! PRETTY!
    Jody – Fit at 54 recently posted…The "Magic" Weight Loss PillMy Profile

    • Sigh, why does age show more on our butts and legs than elsewhere? I suspect that I need to up the weights I’m using on leg day (and clean up my diet even more) to see more definition (and less cellulite!).

  8. and you WHAT DOES A KNITTER LOOK LIKE made me think of how many people tell me: you dont look like a clarinet player!
    Miz recently posted…Weight-loss is simple.My Profile

    • Why clearly, a knitter looks like a clarinet player! Not sure about crocheters, though…

  9. Definitely with you on unassisted chins/pulls. I’m working on them, but they just seem so far away!
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