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Winter goals

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

As always I am writing this at the last minute for my BL team challenge. I feel like I write the same goals at the beginning of each challenge. SO I am trying to come up with something different. I can't keep trying the same things and expecting different outcomes.
1 I am going to try and relax - but i do not mean take a nap kind of relax. I mean trying not to be so strict and hard on myself. I adhere so closely to numbers and fitness minutes that it becomes a chore or a mindless activity. By letting go a little I hope to find that i reduce the stress level of trying to be perfect. I hope to find less disappointment in myself. I hope to start to enjoy doing these things again.
2. I am going to spend more time here on SP, rekindling friendships and giving encouragement.
3. I am going to spend more time with my photography hobby. It brings me pleasure and it gets me outdoors, hiking and enjoying nature.
4. I am going to try to reach out more. By doing this I hope to get my mind off myself and think more of others.
5. I am going to pray and meditate more frequently
6. I am going to count my blessings every day

I know none of these seem weight loss related. But I have been under so much stress for the past several years I have been unable to lose weight. Instead I have gained. I think my priority has to be to get back to a place of contentment. Right now I do not like myself very much. I record my mood as 2 or 3 every day on my start page. I need to shake things up and turn things around. So this is my plan for the winter challenge.

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HABBITT 2/17/2014 9:12AM

    these are great goals to have - how are you going with them? I totally agree about the need to reduce stress in order to eat better. I hope you are feeling more calm and content from focusing on these things :-)

Also I LOVE your hat and scarf in your profile pic

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SHANSHE 12/20/2013 6:40PM

    Great plan Ruthie! Love you!

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CVRONEK 12/19/2013 6:57AM

    Ruthie, wonderful to reconnect with you!

I really like your goal list and wish you well, on it.

Hoping your mood will soar, as you count down the days.


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PINKNFITCARLA 12/17/2013 10:52PM

    Ruthie-I think these are great goals! De-stressing is so important in our overall health and in weight loss. I hope you are soon posting a 9 or 10 for mood! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 12/17/2013 9:10PM

    My dear, life is comprised of many facets so even though weight is affected by all of them! So, you wrote a wonderful set of goals for yourself!

Wishing you a very happy holiday. emoticon

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SAM60SUMTHINK 12/17/2013 8:40PM

    Wonderful plan, Ruthie!
Losing weight and exercise tend to be focal points in many plans and goals here, but without the ones you've listed.... they are indeed about the numbers. Wishing you a joy-filled journey through these pursuits!
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PGHP31CK 12/17/2013 4:21PM

    Sounds like an awesome plan! You CAN do this! Cheering you on!

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WALLAHALLA 12/17/2013 2:16PM

    I like your plan. It seems very wise to me.

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AMY-MIMI77 12/17/2013 12:36PM

    love your goals - taking the focus off tracking sometimes does help; Sometimes we need to turn that focus back onto what is importment
(#1 religion, #2 ourselves). I know that you will do great.
Hugs to you

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BUTTERFLYGRACE 12/17/2013 12:07PM

    You can do this! YOU are sooooo worth the effort! emoticon

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RUNNER4LIFE08 12/17/2013 11:22AM

    Sounds like the perfect goals for this challenge! I believe in YOU and hope that over the winter you can find peace and happiness again because it is so important.

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AQUAGIRL08 12/17/2013 11:08AM

    Great goals! I think all of them are weight and health related. Remember that the best weight loss tool available is your mind. All of your goals are geared to supporting yourself mentally and that is what it is all about! Good job!

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CHICAMIMI 12/17/2013 10:49AM

    I think these are great goals! It's always important to reduce our stress!


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SEAWILLOW 12/17/2013 9:59AM

    Wonderful goals!

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NILLAPEPSI 12/17/2013 9:18AM

    These are super goals!! Sometimes we need to change our focus for awhile just to make it through a rough time. When you focus on these, the weight might just melt away on its own. emoticon

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MISSG180 12/17/2013 9:05AM

    I think these are really great goals. They will improve your health by lowering your stress level before you even lose a single pound. And welcome back!

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WANABHOT2 12/17/2013 8:43AM

  Be kind to yourself - everything else will fall into place.

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GGRANLDY 12/17/2013 8:42AM

    Sounds like a wonderful plan. I think once we are less stressed things work out better. I am trying to be less stressed also. Have a wonderful day.
Blessings to you
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BARBARAROSE54 12/17/2013 8:39AM

    great list Ruthie. emoticon

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TKOVACH1 12/17/2013 8:39AM

    Ruthie, what a heartfelt blog about your goals and life thus far. I believe in you and that your goals will bring you less stress and more happiness. Many of your goals are ones I've been thinking about implementing for myself. You can't fit a square peg into a round hole and what I've been doing in the past isn't helping me achieve my goals either. You Dimond friends are here to help you in any way that we can because we believe in YOU!
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ELRIDDICK 12/17/2013 8:31AM

  Thanks for sharing

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