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Graduation Date Set

Friday, February 15, 2013

I have been thinking about how to create a structure for myself, for my journey to healthy weight, to enact what author Eugene Peterson calls "A Long Obedience in the same Direction." (The book is not about weight loss; I just love the title.)

By doing simple behaviors day by day, I will arrive at my goal. Saying that is elementary. Executing it has eluded me in the past.

I have been praying and contemplating, and I have assembled a strategy: I will think of this like graduating from school. For school I never obsessed whether or not I would receive a diploma. I merely had to finish the course. I just needed to carry out each daily assignment, one by one, over the span of enrollment time.

Thus I chose a motivating and feasible graduation date for myself. Truly it should be called Commencement, because I have always in mind that at goal I will commence maintenance, as a permanent state.

I am officially embarking on my healthy habits course of action as of February 19, 2013. Around Sparkland I have noticed several people choosing a 500-day journey. For me that time period accomodates a one-pound-per-week weight loss to arrive at a healthy weight. In 500 days, if God is willing, I will graduate on July 4, 2014.

That inspires me because it is our traditional week at a lakeside family camp. All kinds of recreation and equipment is available that week, and I will be more ready for it than ever! as a vigilant maintainer!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
NITTINNANA 2/16/2013 7:49PM

    Wow - never would have thought of this idea! I was browsing the team blogs ( I browse one of my teams daily) to look for one to respond to with a comment, a goodie, or a comment on the SparkPage. I happened upon yours for the 16th, so -of course - I first had to backtrack to this one. You have really "sparked" me with this concept!!

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SHARONLEE2016 2/16/2013 7:20PM

    Can I join you? This is great!! Looking for your next blog... emoticon

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WARMSPRINGDAY 2/15/2013 10:29PM

    I love this. Walking with you, my friend.

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BIGLITTLEWOMAN 2/15/2013 10:27PM

    You are starting out on a journey and you have filed your flight plan (or road map) I have no doubt you will arrive at your destination with minimal detours. No u-turns allowed.

I'm still working on my plan but getting closer.

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AMARILYNH 2/15/2013 3:30PM

    AWESOME idea!! I'll be sharing this idea with my BLC team!! You are right - weight loss is all about creating healthy habits then FOLLOWING them!! emoticon

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JOYFULMOMTO5 2/15/2013 12:33PM

    What a beautiful idea!!! emoticon

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VISUALLYRICS 2/15/2013 11:08AM

    I love your approach, dear friend, to this journey. emoticon
My DH wears a T-shirt ( bright neon yellow) that says, "Go Catch Your Dream"....Do you have one like it? Lol. You need something fun & eye-catching. emoticon
I know you wil succeed, and I'll be right there with you to emoticon emoticon

(Loved the song you sent....I sing it at church upon popular request....people love it!)

...:::: emoticon Laura

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SINGER73 2/15/2013 9:50AM

    I love the Graduation Date. In school, you are right, I didn't think about. I just did as I was told. I love your plan and losing 1lb a week is definitely a SMART goal.

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_BACK2BASICS_ 2/15/2013 9:30AM

    I love the comparison between graduating and reaching a fitness goal. For me as well, it was never a question of completing the assignment or finishing the course either, it was just a matter of finding the time to get the work done. One pound a week is definitely a SMART goal! I have pledged that too. (And you are well on your way with more than 3 lbs gone this week). emoticon

P.S. Thanks for all your support and the wonderful goodies you have sent me. Really motivational!

Comment edited on: 2/15/2013 9:31:35 AM

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NANCY- 2/15/2013 8:26AM

    Interesting thought and it makes so much sense. Developing a routine and just doing it can accomplish so much.

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BLH507 2/15/2013 8:09AM

    What a perfect idea!

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DRAWNTHISWAY 2/15/2013 8:05AM

    Good luck! I look forward to your graduation!

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