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2013 Big Stones First

Sunday, December 30, 2012


I'm sitting here pondering my goals for 2013. I have a link at the top of this blog to the story that I named my post after. If you've never heard the story about putting stones, pebbles, sand and water in the jar, take a minute and read that.

The end point is that you have to start with the big rocks if you have hope to get everything into the jar. I lost focus on this for the last part of 2012 and as a result am off track.

The nice thing about a new year is that you get a clean slate. A chance to regroup...start over...begin again. I like to set goals and when I really decide to achieve one I can usually get there. The issue I realized this morning as I sat in church was that this particular year, I could barely recall any of my major goals. I did have a goal this past year not to miss church unless I was out of town and I managed 49 out of 52 weeks.

A couple of other successes from the year: getting certified as a Fit to Fight bootcamp instructor, getting enough continuing education credits to keep my personal training certification early, starting a women's weekly bootcamp for my church along with another trainer for another church. Tried some new 5k's including the Color Run.

A couple big challenges - my husband was diagnosed with cancer and underwent surgery. He's now cancer free but that was scary. We took in two young men who needed a place to stay. Now we have five kids from 17-20 years old. There were about 5 crazy months at work that included traveling and working some major hours. I didn't lose the roughly 10 lbs I put on after shoulder surgery from the previous May and I added about another 5 after that.

So some new goals to focus on:
1. Same church goal since I found that being connected there helps me through all the challenging times. Trying for 50 weeks and assuming 2 for vacation.

2. 300 days of exercising at least 20 minutes a day. That allows for one day a week off and then and extra 13 days to throw in as needed.

3. 365 days of positive declarations. I'm have a book by Joel Osteen on my nook app on my phone called "I Declare: 31 Promises to Speak Over Your Life". It only takes a few minutes a day to read one of them so I started reading through them so that they match the date on the calendar. I found this few minutes of speaking something positive over my life this last month has really helped me.

4. Care Group - I am working towards having a weekly care group for my church starting in February that is focused specifically on health. I wanted to start in January but just couldn't get it all together. I've been looking at a teaching series called Me Myself & Lies by Jennifer Rothschild and that focuses on what we "wear in our thought closet" or what we say to ourselves about ourselves and how that affects us.

5. Clean Eating - I like it and lost focus the last quarter. After I finish this blog I'm going through some of my magazines to get back on track. I usually do well most of the day and then after 7 pm eat mindlessly. There has been a lot of holiday food and junk food in the house the last month and I didn't handle that well. I changed the background image on my sparkpage to remind me that my health is tied to the food I eat. Challenge - I eat six times a day when I'm following my plan so that makes 42 meals and snacks a week. For the month of January I want to stay on track achieve at least a 90% success rate of eating healthy so that means 37 meals taht are on track and 5 that are flexible.

6. Bootcamp - starting up on January 5th after a break for the holidays. I want to be prepared and be an encouraging coach that leads by example..walk the walk not just talk the talk.

7. Focus despite life's obstacles. My mom may move in with us at the end of the first quarter. I need to figure out a way to stay on track if she does that. I realize the last ten days she was here was a vacation and not normal life but I certainly veered off track while she was here. Illness, surgeries, kids, pets, work, etc - there will always be something going on in life and the challenge is not to let those things divert me from my goals for a healthy and strong lifestyle.

So now I'm off to write these goals on my January calendar that I will be using everyday for the month. What are some of your goals? How did you do in 2012?
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

RUNNER4LIFE08 1/2/2013 11:35AM

    I know you had a lot of major stressors for 2012. I hope that 2013 brings you lots of love and laughter.

You have some great goals to get you through the new year.


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BALLOUZOO 12/31/2012 11:39PM

    Best wishes for a happy & healthy 2013!
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LESLIE_2B_LESS 12/31/2012 12:31AM

    emoticon Good luck with your goals and keep your focus. You can do it!

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FATHINSN 12/31/2012 12:22AM

    I like that in your goals, you want to help yourself and others :D And you also want to still on track despite the changes in life (such as your mom may move in).

Good luck for 2013!

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FUNGIRLY 12/30/2012 11:14PM

    Thanks for this post! You have inspired me to write down some goals for 2013. This will be on my to do list tomorrow. emoticon Wish you the best of luck with yours.

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JUNEAU2010 12/30/2012 10:50PM

    Prayers about all of this. I love what you said in #7 about not allowing life to interfere with your healthy choices. emoticon

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LALMEIDA 12/30/2012 8:56PM

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Happy New Year!

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MASRITE 12/30/2012 8:28PM

    Great goals for the New Year!! I need to sit down and really think hard for this upcoming year. I accomplished nothing in 2012 and need to change that for 2013. Hope you have a very happy New Year!!

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