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What's going to be different about 2013?

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Year after year I read many well-intentioned blogs about New Year's Resolutions and goals. I've even reread some of my OWN. Too often many if not MOST of these are unrealized. One of my team challenges is to blog about my goals for 2013. It would be easy to tick off a list (that would look surprisingly similar to LAST year's) but a list is no closer to a reality that a blueprint is to a house.

What's the missing link? Let's look at that blueprint. To take a blueprint to a house there must be:

1) funding and permits
2) land
3) building materials
4) laborers
5) an orderly progression from foundation to finished interior
6) moving the furniture and belongings into the new house

What this says is that resolutions or goals are only the beginning and that time and effort are required to realize the dream!

Here's my list for 2013 broken down into categories:


1. Continue to work out at both the gym and home.
2. Set a daily minimum of 30 minutes of cardio.
3. Set a minimum of 60 minutes of cardio 3 x week.
4. Strength training 3 x week.
5. Walk at least once a week outdoors rain, snow or shine.
6. Participate in one official 5K (walking) in 2013.
7. Schedule an appointment with a personal trainer at the gym to help set up a strength training program.
8. Use my fitness DVD's and/or Wii games to add additional fitness minutes to my day.


1. Significantly reduce the white flour, rice and sugar in my diet.
2. Continue to drink water as my main beverage
3. Incorporate more fruits, vegetables and legumes into my normal diet.
4. Try one new healthy recipe a month.
5. Track my food faithfully weighing and measuring everything!


1. Continue to de-clutter the house/basement/garage.
2. Identify items to sell/donate.
3. Sell ONE big item a month on Craig's List.
4. Schedule one monthly charity pick-up.
5. Go through my closet and get rid of ALL clothing that is too big or too small and out of style (other than my wedding dress, etc.)
6. Clean out the pantry.
7. Get the exterior trim painted in the spring.


1. Store the holiday decorations.
2. Clean and mulch all beds in the spring.
3. Plant annuals in beds and pots.
4. Weed and feed the lawn in the spring and fertilize in the fall.
5. Use sealant on the porch bench or replace.
6. Get the driveway sealed in the spring.


1. Finish 6 counted cross stitch projects.
2. Practice piano daily.
3. Read more.
4. Work puzzles.
5. Do more photography.
6. Hike more.
7. Do more geocaching.
8. Go on a picnic once a month May - Sept.


1. Read my bible daily.
2. Pray daily.
3. Participate in a women's bible study.
4. Find more ways to serve my church/commuity


I'm not going to set a specific goal for weight loss in 2013. I'm only going to say weigh less on Jan. 1, 2014 than on Jan 1. 2013. Progress in all the above areas will result in progress in this area.

There it is. That's the blueprint. Now I need to gather resources, schedule my activities, and GET BUSY!

It's going to be a great year!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KJHOUSTON 1/2/2013 11:29AM

    Great blueprint! I like how you structured it into areas with specific actions instead of just generic goals! Reading this gave me a lot to think about for making my 2013 plan. As always, you rock!

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    Wow. what an awesome blueprint. This has given me much food for thought. emoticon

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FIRECOM 1/1/2013 9:19AM

    Sounds like a plan, Stan. I absolutely must improve my cardio time this year. I am woefully lacking in this category. Enough of the excuses.

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MYTHMYTH 12/31/2012 3:21PM

    emoticon Thanks for the inspiration!

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KATIWONT 12/31/2012 1:51PM

    I have adopted some of your goals---thanks for inspiring us (again!)

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DISPATCH91 12/31/2012 1:10PM

    Wow girlfriend! If anyone will complete thier list it is you.


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MAIMILOU 12/31/2012 11:21AM

    That is an amazing plan and very inspiring!! Great job. You can do it. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HDHAWK 12/31/2012 9:47AM

    Good plan! Good luck!

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BECCA315 12/31/2012 7:02AM

    Good job on getting it all down in writing! Have a clear idea of what small steps to take will help, without the unneeded pressure of a specific scale goal.



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LYNMEINDERS 12/31/2012 1:17AM

    Woohoo...great goals that you can achieve....go you

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FEMISLIM 12/31/2012 1:09AM

    Wow!!!! You have it all planned. The Lord will see you through!

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RUNNERRACHEL 12/31/2012 12:40AM

    Great goals. Very clearly spelled out. I have to do the same! Thanks for sharing. You are a great motivator!

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LUVSBULLDOGS 12/30/2012 11:47PM

    That should keep you busy all year. That's what I need to do, write down specific goals. You do a great job of goal setting and expressing yourself. It's a gift.

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PAMAPPLE 12/30/2012 11:12PM

    Great plan!! You will have a very organized and de-cluttered life which should help you to meet your goals more efficiently!! emoticon

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GOING-STRONG 12/30/2012 10:46PM

    I need to sell a bunch of stuff myself. I like your idea of at least ONE a month. What can be so difficult with that... right?


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L*I*T*A* 12/30/2012 9:48PM

    great plan...
thanks for sharing........
wishing you and yours all the blessings the New Year has to offer....
blessings and hugs.........lita

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COCK-ROBIN 12/30/2012 7:18PM

    Very good goals for 2013! I hope they all get attained.

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 12/30/2012 7:13PM

    An emoticon plan of action for the year! Wishing you the very best in reaching and achieving your aspirations in 2013!!! emoticon

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DANILYNNG 12/30/2012 7:05PM


My head's still spinning with all the possible options for 2013 - great job making such a detailed blueprint!

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LYNCHD05 12/30/2012 6:59PM

    Wow, you have given this a lot of thought and made a plan. I am impressed.

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