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Health, Self Comfort and Long Term Capability (2014 Goals)

Monday, January 13, 2014

The attached picture, which I hope is readable, is my fitness related goals for 2014 with some tweaking for BLC24. Timing is perfect as 3 major events occur for me during April, about the time BLC is concluding. So, with commitment and consistency I see no reason why I canít achieve my overall goals.

My goals are very simple. I want to achieve health, a level of self-comfort and a degree of long-term capability. There are 3 boxes under the title that better define what those 3 mean. But I think you can figure that out.

I will measure my success with specific numbers and NSV (non-scale victories) Ė these are depicted in the inner circle and all tied together. To reach each target, specific habits must be completed in order to achieve those goals. These are detailed in the boxes. And of course, it is circular and tied together. Each has to be completed and achieved with commitment and consistency in order to reach those goals.

So, those are the goals. Enjoy.
And as always, thanks for reading.
Sheri


Little more detail since photo is too small (even in photos on my page). Dang it!


End goals:
* Lose 20 lbs
* Reach 2011 competition measurements
* Complete races already registered for
* Accomplish numerous new ST moves in gym
* Skinny jeans become baggy
* Happy with self at 4/12 photo shoot

How I'm getting there:
* Manage meal plans within calories and macros
* Make my meals, limit eating out
* Take monthly measurements
* Reset vision board monthly
* Continue 5-6x per week ST (2 scheduled with Trainer)
* Improve focus at workouts
* Commitment to trainer (no whining)
* Run Austin Capital 10K in Memory of Dad (4/6)
* Run & imp roe time in OKC Half Memorial (4/27)
* Fitbit steps exceed 10K (doesn't include cardio sessions)
* Consume 4 liters of water daily
* Consistent supplements
* 6 hours sleep - same sleep pattern
* Meet BLC24 goals & Camo crew
* Reward with monetary coins into fitness jar

Sorry - now my blog is long since we can't read the photo. Oh well.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SAPHRAEL 3/3/2014 11:05AM

    I found the smart art graphic you used and think I'll do the same. Nice visual!

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FITMAMA_ 2/7/2014 9:14AM

    Awesome!

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LUVW8S 1/29/2014 4:47PM

    Great Goal Setting. I did the Relay run at the Memorial Marathon last year. It was a great experience with beautiful weather, Hoping the Same for you! The only run Im signed up for now is The Titan challenge in June but Im sticking to more fun runs and trying not to get so serious this time around. Best Wishes

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NPDSLEUTH 1/17/2014 6:49PM

    I love this. I know writing it down this way - not to mention all the planning -- will get you there. Congratulations!

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JANICEMC 1/13/2014 7:09PM

    Very Impressive chart and great goals! Looking forward to seeing it larger, too.

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AVAMARIE62 1/13/2014 4:14PM

    Sheri, Great goals! Can't wait to see your diagram larger. I agree it is so important to focus on our NSVs!
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GYMRAT_AT44 1/13/2014 1:42PM

    That's what I was afraid of - wasn't sure if we were able to select the photo or not - to make it larger. Later tonight I will move it to my photos on my page.

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2BERUNNING 1/13/2014 1:14PM

    Way to go on making specific measurable goals. I'm not sure how new you are to the running scene, but Mary (Hillrunner) our leader on CAMO has run 12 marathons if you ever need to bounce ideas or get pointers I know she would be willing. Look forward to seeing you meet and exceed those goals! emoticon

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TRINIITY1 1/13/2014 12:50PM

    Some is a little hard to read, but what a great way to visualize your goals! Now go get'em!!!

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RACEWELLWON 1/13/2014 12:46PM

    Good Goals Shari - little hard to read but I understand the gist of it - you can dot !!

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Re-focus and Re-commitment

Sunday, January 27, 2013

One of my previous blogs was admitting that I was struggling. And yes, I still am, however, I took the time this weekend to review my January both from a fitness level as well as a nutrition level. At this point, I would not call it a complete failure, but I also wouldn't mark it down as a stunning success story (at least in my book).

I have several things I want to accomplish daily. I have long-term and short-team goals too. But for some reason, my worlds are colliding and not co-existing. Work is in the way of play, which is in the way of fitness, which is in way of nutritional balance.

Basically, my life is out balance and needs alignment.

How do I get myself back into the groove?
Simple, recommit and do it:

1. Plan my meals, track them and stick to them
2. Return to my 5am morning workouts (flawless execution here!)
3. Get 10,000 steps per day
4. Start and succeed at the 1-mile runners streak
5. Keep a work life balance
6. End of day - positive reflections

Planning to succeed.

  
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JIBBIE49 8/18/2013 12:26AM

    Hugs.

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TRINIITY1 2/26/2013 10:43PM

    Awesome goals! That is the reason I joined Sparkpeople to help me to implement my plan that I have been trying to do for a long time. emoticon

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FITMAMA_ 2/19/2013 10:03AM

    Awesome!
I am doing the same... re-focusing and re-committing!


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GOING-STRONG 1/28/2013 12:38AM

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LINDAKAY228 1/27/2013 11:11AM

    Good plan! You can do this!

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SAILOR64 1/27/2013 9:58AM

  As your son will tell you, in the military we have a saying, "Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Perfomance." It's the same in "the world" outside the military, where everyone else lives "Plan your work and work your plan."

You seem to have everything lined up or as we say in the fleet, "You're in the Groove."

Don't stress every little thing, 99% really is good enough.

Good luck in 2013.

Jonny Mac

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SCHECK5 1/27/2013 8:24AM

    emoticon goals you can do it!!

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RHONDALYN10 1/27/2013 8:18AM

    You got this!
Go get it!!

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MDMNINA 1/27/2013 1:24AM

    I could do this...except for the 5 am part.

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JANTWO 1/27/2013 12:50AM

    Great goals and I really like number 6.

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Inspiring words and thoughts - Saturday 1/19/13

Saturday, January 19, 2013

What do you think of when reading these words, thoughts and quotes? Do they inspire you to make change, set goals, improve behavior or remind you of emotions and feelings? Do they generate an action?

Did you know that you can set up your own personal goals and actions on your spark page?

How do these words change your day today after reading them? Share your thoughts below so others can learn and grow with you.


Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.
~ James 1:2-3, NLT



I have always argued that change becomes stressful and overwhelming only when you've lost any sense of the constancy of your life. You need firm ground to stand on. From there, you can deal with that change. ~Richard Nelson Bolles ~



Strive for progress, not perfection. ~ Sparkpeople thought of the day



When you fail, get up, dust yourself off and come right back, not only with a vengeance but also with a plan to win. ~Gaspari Nutrition ~



As always, I enjoy reading what others think from reading this small collection of thoughts and quotes and how they inspire or change your way of thinking or tackling your day.

Thanks for sharing,
Sheri

  
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MDMNINA 1/21/2013 7:32PM

    These are all good words. Besides without set backs and struggles, life would be boring!

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SHAPEITUP3 1/21/2013 11:36AM

    I love inspirational quotes - they bring people together in discussion. Thanks for sharing the quotes!!

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GYMRAT_AT44 1/21/2013 10:39AM

    Thank you all for sharing your thoughts on these... today's collection of quotes was pretty good.

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LINDAKAY228 1/20/2013 7:02PM

    I always love to read new quotes or be reminded of ones I've heard. The Biblical one has always been one of my favorites when struggling. And also to strive for progress, not perfection. These are great!

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NEWLEAF2013 1/20/2013 12:14PM

    I agree with GOINGSTRONG, but I tend to have a mental block when it comes to this. I probably need a positive affirmation intervention...lol! I liked all of these and I enjoy the others I've seen around SparkPeople. Now I just need to make them more than words. :)

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DEELB1 1/20/2013 1:37AM

  emoticon My fav is, "Just do it!"

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TURTLETALK 1/19/2013 9:58AM

    When you fail, get up, dust yourself off and come right back, not only with a vengeance but also with a plan to win. ~Gaspari Nutrition ~

I really like this one, I hadn't seen it before. emoticon

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GOING-STRONG 1/19/2013 9:49AM

    I think that reading positive affirmations and inspirational sayings lifts us up and may not even realize it. I would rather fill my mind with positive thoughts rather than garbage... that is for sure!

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I'm struggling, yep, surprise to some

Thursday, January 17, 2013

For those of you who know me, you find this blog strange, that I write about struggling. But, I admit, I am.

For the past 4 years, I have been diligent and faithful in my workouts and the various nutritional paths I have been on. What started out as a 30-45 minute full body ST workout alternating with cardio sessions and a general healthy diet that led to my weight loss into my strict lifting and strict dieting for figure competitions, I stayed hard fast and true to myself and my goals.
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So last year, I decided to hang up the figure shoes and suit and attack another goal that had been whispering to me and one that my spouse wanted to try out with me. Triathlons - running, biking and swimming. So, why then, am I struggling with getting the workouts in and eating properly? I just don't know. emoticon emoticon emoticon

I hate the excuse of stress - because seriously, during the competition prep year, I had significant stress - son graduating high school and signing up for the Marines, my dad and uncle passed away, and my work was draining me of life. So yeah, some stress - but I still managed to pull it off.

SO, what is the deal now? Again, got some stress, but nothing like those previous issues. emoticon

And you know, when I get to the gym, or finish a run, or swim - I am so happy with how I feel and motivated, but somewhere between completing that workout and the next I am fighting with my internal voice and I DO NOT like that. emoticon

I will call it lazy and procrastination.

Just wanted to get this off my chest today... basically noting it in my blog journals. Admitting I am struggling with my self. I do know that I am doing a lot of the right things to stay on track.

I write in a journal
I plan out my meals and workouts
I remain flexible to my schedule (not sure I like this)
I haven't beaten myself up or talked down to myself about this
I let my body rest when I truly feel it needs it
Lastly, I am honest with myself - lazy is lazy
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And in the end, if it is going to BE, then it is up to ME.... so, enough of this blog, let's focus on moving in the right direction. emoticon

Thanks all for reading.
Sheri

  
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ME_B4_INSANITY 1/8/2014 1:31PM

    It takes time to realize when we gotten out of balance. The positivity of the realization is getting our balance back. It helps us refocus our efforts.

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GYMRAT_AT44 1/18/2013 11:54PM

    I want each one of you who have commented to know that i have taken a piece of that encouragement and advice and put it to use! Rode the bike tonight! Run planned tomorrow. Thanks for the support.

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LILPAT3 1/18/2013 2:36PM

    I too am struggling. After 4 years and a huge weight loss, I find myself NOT wanting to workout. After I work out, I feel great but often I have to do some serious talking to myself to keep going. One thing that does keep me wound up is signing up for an event. If I sign up it gives me a reason to drag myself out of bed and go workout. emoticon

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SLIMBOT 1/18/2013 2:06PM

  I am a major procrastinator, and one of my good friends said to me once, "You know, the amount of mental energy you spend fighting with yourself about whether or not you're going to do something is probably way more exhausting than just getting up and DOING whatever it is you don't feel like doing!" She was right. In the end, it's always easier when you stop thinking and just DO.

That said, don't be too hard on yourself. No one can behave perfectly all the time.

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LINDAKAY228 1/18/2013 1:15PM

    Every one of us has struggles. It's good to get them out in the open and share with others. We get strength from the support and we support others when they read and know that it's not always an easy path. When everything is always rosy, some get the impression they aren't doing it right when they read that someone else never seems to struggle. We lift each other up and "keep it real". I know you'll get through this and keep moving forward.

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PEPPYPATTI 1/17/2013 7:11PM

    I believe we all struggle at times. I too am kind of struggling here but I am really focusing on breaking out of it. Hope you can do the same!
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GNISULA 1/17/2013 1:38PM

    Just keep at it! I believe in you! You've been there, done that. You can do it again!
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CECISMOMMY09 1/17/2013 11:17AM

    you got this!!!! stay strong!!

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GOING-STRONG 1/17/2013 11:14AM

    We have all been there.... it is a human trait!

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WALKINGMAMMA 1/17/2013 10:15AM

    Thanks for the honesty! If it is going to be truly part of our Lifestyle, then I think we are going to have times like this. emoticon

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Make yourself go, regardless of circumstance

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

So today, on my training agenda was swimming. Great intentions when I awoke and planned out my day - I will go swim after work.

However, when 5 o'clock rolled around the little devil voice started talking to me:

It's too cold outside. I don't want to change clothes and drive to pool. You don't even like the SC (area fitness center with pool). You can start your swimming training later. Do it tomorrow night like the original plan. You can't swim this close to eating and on, and on, and on.

BUT - I put that suit on and headed to the SC to swim. And yes, I truly despise going to this facility but it is the ONLY one in town with a pool - now you know why. AND tonight, was basketball leagues as well. Thought I would never find a parking spot.

Happy to report I did my 1,000 meters faster than expected and headed home. Very glad I went and did my workout.

Now, I am going to log my swim meters to add to our Multisport team challenge of swimming.
Woo hoo for me.
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KANDOLAKER 1/17/2013 10:47AM

    Yea - way to make it happen! Doesn't it feel great to be finished, when you never wanted to start in the first place! Way to go!!

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SUZANNE65203 1/16/2013 11:31PM

    Inspiring! emoticon

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GOING-STRONG 1/16/2013 10:30PM

    Woo Hoo Indeedy! I have a hard time getting motivated to swim because of all the prep it takes and time afterwards to change, drive home, etc. I have heard myself say those same excuses everytime!

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GYMRAT_AT44 1/16/2013 10:00PM

    Thanks all! The swim was great and logging it into my tracker was even better...

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LJCANNON 1/16/2013 4:32PM

    emoticon The Only Workout You Regret is the One That You SKIPPED!!!

Accept No Excuses, not even from YourSelf!!

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LINDAKAY228 1/16/2013 11:57AM

    Awesome! It's so easy sometimes to try to talk ourselves out but we feel so much better when we just do it!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 1/16/2013 11:52AM

    WooHoo!!! Good for you.

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TURTLETALK 1/16/2013 10:16AM

    Good for you! emoticon

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AMBERNICHOLE3 1/16/2013 9:28AM

    Thats awesome! Sometimes shutting those little voices up are an accomplishment in itself

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