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Lining up the goals

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

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Now is the time for all people to set some goals. Well, it was time last week, but now it’s time to make those goals more specific. That is something I learned on SPARKPEOPLE. It is easy to make vague goals, but hard to keep them. It really helps to have firm, obtainable goals in mind. Let me repeat that : obtainable goals.

It’s all very well to say I want to lose some weight, or I want to eat better, or I want to get in shape. However, these types of loose, vague goals will get you frustrated quicker than spit. Equally unrealistic are goals like : I’m going to watch what I eat and lose 150 pounds in 3 months. I’m going to work out every day and be Mr. Universe by June.

The more reasonable way is saying ‘I am going to lose 50 pounds in six months’, or ‘I am going to eat five servings of fruit and vegetables every day,’ or ‘I’m going to take a Core Conditioning class and lose 2 inches from my waist.’

The best advice I can give you about losing weight is that you need to change your life. You have to. Richard Simmons said it YEARS ago : “Never say diet!” and he was right! Yes, what you eat is your diet. However, just by saying, “I need to go on a diet,” you will then find a million reason why you can’t. Your negative self-talk will tell you that you can’t do it. You will ‘cheat,’ you will crash and burn. Instead, look at it like a bigger, broader, holistic challenge.

But to start? To start, do one, little thing. Just one. Really. The first thing I did was to start drinking more water. That was hard for me. If I haven’t eaten yet, water seems to just float on my stomach acid. Blech! I went from drinking a few glasses of water a week to five glasses a day. Woo hoo!

The next thing I did was to quit drinking soda. I love soda. I love cola. Love, love, love it! Mmmmm, nothing like the sweet bite and sizzle of a cold RC Cola on a hot day, but I have a hard time drinking soda occasionally. If it’s around, it’s going down! I stopped buying it, stopped drinking it when I went out, stopped drinking it period. That helped me drink more water, and soon I was up to at least eight glasses a day!

Small steps. Obtainable goals.

Trust me on this one! Once you start hitting the small goals, the big ones will follow.

I think I got off subject a bit there! My goals are no longer for losing weight, but I have found it is important to have goals for other aspects of your life as well. So here is what I am aiming for this year:
1. I plan on eating at least 5 helpings of fruit and vegetables a day. (I can do 4 no problem, but sometimes that 5th is tricky 6 is usually impossible)
2. I plan on planning out my work lunches over the weekend so I’m not stumbling around in the mornings or, worse, buying food here at work.
3. I plan on doing abdominal exercises three times a week in an effort to drop 2” from my waist.
4. I plan on writing on my blog five days a week.
5. I plan on making recipes and figuring out how to posting them to my blog weekly.
6. I will continue to write down what I am grateful for every day.
7. I will work on finding balance in my mind, body, and soul.
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    Fantastic blog and so true! Setting little goals make almost anything attainable in the long run. =)
    1867 days ago
    You thought you got a little off track? How is this for totally not the point- I love Richard Simmons emoticon

    Yep out all of that awesome wisdom you dispensed...that is what I wanted to comment on emoticon

    1867 days ago
    Ha. I'll have you know my first thought was that you were lining goals up on the edge of a cliff. So there.

    I completely agree about specifics. And "lose weight" rarely does it, in and off itself. It's a small piece in the big picture. You're goals sound great and, indeed, obtainable. (Though I do wish one of you're goals was to compete in the Miss Universe Pageant. Weird, though, how Miss Universe always seems to come from Earth. I think the contest might be rigged.)

    I think you should write what you're "gratitudes" on slips of colored paper so you can fill your jar with a rainbow.
    1867 days ago
    emoticon Excellent!!
    1868 days ago
    What a great reminder. I need to stop making vague goals.
    1868 days ago
    Nice plan! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

    If you right the recipes on the SP recipe page, you can link to a blog and get all of your nutrition info as well!

    Spark on!!
    1868 days ago
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