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'Bout Time for Some Goals


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

So it wasn't that I hadn't written goals, but I just wasn't ready to post them when it came time for the annual posting of goals and resolutions that seems to happen at the beginning of every year here on Sparkpeople. And I know that because I've now "been there" -- meaning here -- for four years. Sometimes I've been losing, sometimes not, but I'm continuing to learn and grow and try new things.

During 2008 and 2009 when I first joined Spark I kicked butt, losing 50 pounds and taking on lots of new challenges. In the time since I've been up, down and sideways. I'm a daily weigher and daily logger. So I can look back over all those months and see trends. And frankly, I don't like what I see. Starting Weight 221. Goal 155. Got to 163 in September 2009. Got tired of it. 173 in January 2010. 180 in January 2011. 184 in January 2012. Are the warning bells ringing? You bet! It won't take too many years to be back where I started and THAT is not going to happen. So I thought hard about my goals for 2012 while I was on vacation over the holiday. I composted on them for a bit. I've tried them out over the past few weeks and am making a few tweaks and I'm finally ready to share... not goals, not resolutions, but my "will do" list for 2012. Because I need to kick things into higher gear and reverse the trend. And I'm heading back to basics. I've tracked my food every day but one (intentional) since January 1st. I've worked out everyday. I'm focused. I'm Jake with the hamburger and I've got the Eye of the Tiger. Sadly, there are only a few friends who will remember that Jake reference. But it's back there in those blogs somewhere.

Lab-lover's Will Do List for 2012

Health and Fitness

**16,000 exercise minutes, 750 miles of running and walking. Track on Sparkpeople.

**Successfully complete 100 days exercise challenge - 30 min/day of intention movement. Track on Facebook and plan 1 week ahead for workouts on calendar.

**Exercise at least once a week during the work day, and calendar this a week in advance to help make sure it happens. Track in "other goals"

**Strength/core at least 3- 4 times/week. Track in "other goals"

**5 half marathons - NH, VT, Missouri, Chicago and 1 more. Signed up for the first three to date.

**PR at one distance

**End new year lighter than it started (reverse the trend). Bonus - end 10 pounds lighter. Six pounds lost since January 1st.

**Use Spark to track food and exercise minutes.

Professional

**Calendar 1 hour of thinking and review time at work per week

**Change the way I use email (there are more specific here, but I need to make them more measurable to know that I'm on track)

**Stay more positive. Again, more specific here, but I don't want to share them.

**Coach another 5k class

**Take a least one coaching class for professional development

**Be intentional about carving out time for leadership development of younger staff at work

**Calendar more personal time to reduce the space taken by meetings - includes thinking time, exercise time

**Have a social lunch/meeting once a month.

Personal

**Move and settle

**Update our wills

I'm already making a lot of good progress and feel good about the year to come!

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
WOLFKITTY 1/22/2012 12:29AM

    Sounds fabulous!!
And I love that most of my good SParkiFriends are foursies like me.. I keep seeing them everywhere!

HUGs!
Jocelyn

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CAROLISCIOUS 1/21/2012 8:54PM

    Jake and the burger...oh yeh...we want it THAT bad! Thanks for the reminder.

Love your goals...and love that you aren't settling for less than you deserve!

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JESPAH 1/21/2012 12:01PM

    I like that you're focused, and not on tearing at yourself but on just getting it all done.

And we both know that you CAN.

Jake and the Hamburger? Are they, like, a crime-fighting duo, or something?

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SEPPIESUSAN 1/19/2012 6:26PM

    Hi! Great goals, and good job recognizing the pattern and nipping it in the bud. You can track your exercise on facebook? I didn't know that...but then again I'm not much of a facebook user. I've been meaning to tell you, I think I saw a blurb about you - I think it was on boston.com - about your weight loss!

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THECITYMOUSE 1/19/2012 10:51AM

    I, too, remember Jake and the hamburger! BWHAHAHAHA!!!

Two things I'd like to mention:

1. You're back.

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2. You aren't whipping yourself over gaining some back. I did that and disappeared from SP all together for a while there. It wasn't very good of me to do that.

Love that you wrote this blog, sweetheart! Thinking of you!!

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LESS_IS_MO 1/19/2012 10:05AM

    Hi. Good luck with your goals. And thanks for the visit to my page. I`m sorry that I`ve not been sparking lately. I wish I could promise that that would change, but that could turn out to be a lie. (I like that I got a notice on email when you wrote this blog though and I`ll visit when you do!).

I joined TOPS to get rid of my extra weight. I weighed in my first week there (first week Dec) at 178.0. Next week up a 1/2. Missed two weeks for Christmas and when I cam back I was up 4.5 lbs!!!!!!! Holy hell! OK---I did eat all my leftovers birthday cake, but I didn`t think I`d done that badly...Maybe I was wearing some skiing layers too, come to think of it. Anyway, I got a bit serious right after that and in two weeks I had 6.25 lbs off (got to 176.5), but now I`m up a bit again - home scale said 179 yesterday. What`s with all this yoyoing???? --- I think it is due to trying new exercises (trying to learn skate skiing, and also doing some snowshoeing in very hilly areas -- my body adds a lot of water when new muscles are first stressed)

But I seriously recommend TOPS because it is CHEAP! (And I am very gentle with the buck). For my chapter it costs $30 to join (per year), and $5 in monthly membership fees. It also apparently has a proven good track record for those members who stick with it beyond the first year. And they have trophys and prizes and fellowship. Plus I love the face-to-face support. I seem to need that - because otherwise I`m like you - letting the old weight creep on and on. This virtual world no longer seems to do it for me, though I wish that were different.

Sorry for all the blah blah blah. (I seem to do that to you a lot on here)

Take care. HUG! Mo

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QUEENOTHEFOREST 1/19/2012 8:17AM

    Goals and objectives! Ah yes. My short term goal is to collect a warm hug next week. I don't think you are going to be squishy any more. Read a good piece in Harvard Business Review about how movement increases mental focus during meetings. There is a nice objective to support our goals.

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TRILLIUM22 1/19/2012 7:32AM

    Great goals, what race are you doing in Missouri? I'm in St. Louis.

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LAB-LOVER 1/19/2012 6:58AM

    Yes! MADonna, that's right! You gotta want it BAD!

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DMPRIDER 1/18/2012 11:04PM

    I remember Jake with the hamburger! How bad do you want it? :) Thank you for sharing your list of goals. It's a reminder that I need to do something similar. It's not something I usually do, but I can see the value of it. I am also determined to reverse the trend/rut I've been in. Thanks for sharing your determination. It's inspiring!

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