My 2010 Goals: What Are Yours?

By , SparkPeople Blogger
It's hard to believe we are almost 2 weeks into 2010. This blog is coming a little late since we have been undergoing quite an ordeal in the Howard Household. My Mother-in-law was diagnosed with liver cancer only 3 days before Christmas, so for the past 3 weeks we have been working frantically to set her up with hospice while making sure all her affairs are in order.

Even though it seems I have a lot on my plate right now, I did not fail to make some goals to strive for this year. Goals are such an integral part in keeping on this journey I call healthy living, so be prepared--here goes...

  1. Jump rope at least 5 minutes three 3 times a week. Many of you may be wondering why in the world I would choose such a goal. Well, when I traveled to San Diego last May to attend the first SparkPeople Convention, my first meeting with Chris Downie had him leaving the hotel, jump rope in hand, off to do what he talks about in 'The Spark' and that is jump rope at least 10 minutes a day. I thought if he can do it, why can't I? Maybe not every day for now, but I'm working on it.
  2. Take at least 20 to 30 minutes to eat a meal. This by far is one of my most challenging goals--the reason being I have to make myself fully aware what I am doing at all times. I have to make time to eat. So many times in the past I would sit down to a nice meal never really appreciating the taste, texture and smell of the food. It was how fast can I eat so that I can do other things. I am learning to put my fork down between bites while wearing a watch to remind me of my goal.
  3. Focus on getting up every hour while on the computer, even if that means doing jumping jacks, planks, or walking around the house. When I wrote my blog about how prolonged sitting may be detrimental to our health, I decided this was something I had to work on. I have a timer that I set every 55 minutes and when it goes off, up I go.
  4. Run the New Orleans Rock 'n Roll Half-Marathon/ Marathon with over 15 other Spark members in February. This is a dream come true. My dear friend and co-leader of the Road Runners SparkTeam, Gail AKA as Rhynic and her husband Mark, are traveling all the way from Nova Scotia to run. We will be joined by fellow Spark members from Alaska, California, Illinois, Louisiana, Virginia, Nebraska, Texas, Florida as well as another Canadian. What a treat this will be. Little did Chris know that he is the official running ambassador to bringing us together to share in the passion of this sport. So if you happen to live in the New Orleans area and want to come and cheer us on or if you want to run the 1/2 or full marathon, come on down to NOLA on February 28th--the more the merrier.
  5. Run the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon Relay with my SparkPeople colleagues in May. This is something we have been toying with the past few weeks and I thought if they saw this in my blog how could they not commit, right? No pressure, really!
  6. Run the Chicago Rock 'n Roll 1/2 Marathon with other fellow Spark Members August 1st. This time we will have runners from Washington, Florida, Texas and Illinois. If you think you might be interested come on down. Can you tell how I am blending my passions...SparkPeople, running and traveling, now that's a cool way to live!
  7. Run the Hood to Coast Relay at the end of August. This by far will be the biggest challenge but one that will bring me to Oregon, one of the few states I have yet to visit. This is a SparkPeople exclusive team that my dear friends Kate AKA Keakman, Mike AKA Kayakid and Kim AKA KGPossible put together. It is a 197 mile run from Mt Hood to the Pacific Ocean which must be completed in 30 hours or less. How cool is that? And not every team that enters gets in, but we did.
  8. Run the Chicago Marathon on 10/10/10. Never in my wildest dreams would I have even considered running another marathon, but when I discovered it will be run on October 10, 2010, well let's just say I can't pass up the opportunity. Now all I have to do is register. Anyone want to join me?

These are just a few of my long-term goals I have set for myself and what an exciting year it will be. I must say each year keeps getting better and who knows what 2011 will bring. But for now I am ready to take 2010 by the tail.

What are your goals for 2010? Do you believe that goals are the springboard to getting where you need to be in life? Is this the year to ignite your own 'Spark'?

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Hospice helped us say good bye to my father in law who was diagnosed with lung cancer about 18 months ago. It was a difficult, but strangely peaceful, time. My thoughts, prayers, and good wishes are with you and your family. Your determination to take care of yourself during this time is inspiring! Thank you for sharing your goals and the positive things to which you are looking forward in 2012! Report
Love New Years Resolution and just found this blog entry. My goal was to lose 31 lbs which I hit in Sept. I than pushed it to 40 in 40- 40 lbs during my 40th year. I havent hit it yet but I am pushing forward, its tough to lose weight and gain muscle at the same time. Report
Every year I set a list of pretty basic goals as a point of reference so I have something to look back on. Throughout the year I go back to it to see if I accomlished any and I do. The one goal I have not really accomplished as a permanent outcome is keeping my weight consistent, until now. I would diet, workout but never stay consistent. Recently I realized though I always set this goal, it is the one I never really put into action and make a part of my everyday lifestyle. For 2010 it is my first and only goal so I can really put focus on it. I have so many reasons but #1 is to prepare my body to be as healthy as possible in order to have a healthy pregnancy. I have lost 6 children and continue to trust God in this area however I need to be a good steward over my body while He does the work!!!
I would also like eat healthier to lose weight in the process however I believe with a more healthy lifestyle this will come naturally.
My husband is a personal trainer and after all the years of wanting ths i woke up one day and realized i never took advantage of this gift right in my own home, one that ususally can be a sacrifice of expense. I have begun training with him 2x a week and love it and have been consistent. i cant believe how helpful and motivating it is. And I cant get away with lying at my sessions about how my week was because he already knows:)
One of my goals is every 5 sessions that I complete, i get a piece of new clothing to add to my wardrobe. We made this VERY exciting by bagging up my entire closet of clothes no matter how old or new, went out the same day and bought enough new things to get me started, then donated the old stuff that i bagged up earlier to a homeless shelter. Its so refreshing and motivating and I felt great about blessing peope with nice things so It made me not miss any of it.
ps...I love bargain shopping so it wasnt an expensive or unrealistic plan and it was so much fun!!! Report
My son had Testicular Cancer last year and did 4 rounds of Chemotherapy and surgery. We hope his follow up tests continue to come back "Clean", but Cancer is an awful illness so you don't know. Even the Cat Scans he is having now, may cause him problems 15 years from now, but they are a necessary evil at the moment. Report
As always, an excellent article by Nancy.
Sorry about your MIL, but know she is fortunate to have a loving, caring family.
Hope you reach your goals for 2010. Report
My biggest goal for this year is to lose 100lbs. I have lost 12lbs so far Report
I want to thank you for your inspiration, you have given me new ideas and allowed me to incorporate them into my goals. I have had many family losses over last 4 years and have not given thought to really taking care of myself, you have shown me that I need to pick up on that inorder to get healthy. My prayers are with you and your family. Report
my goal is to keep my bond with spark. as long as i read, write and apply even a little bit of suggestions i find here, i am ok. i know that for sure, because after beeing 18month with spark i stopped for several month and i did not liked it at all. Report
Well am sorry to here about your mother-in-law, I pray your strength as well as for your husband. And we pray for comfort and peace for her as she goes through this.

My goals are that I eat better this year, and I commit to my work outs at the spa three times a week.

That I remember in all that I do, My health comes first , and I must be committed to myself to get this done Report
My goals are simple. I just want to become more healthy and in the process loose weight. My plan is to :

- Make healthy meals at home
- Choose healthy foods at resturants when our family eats out
- Zumba every Wed. with the ladies at my school
- Use Wii Fit and Sports as many times a week as possible.
- When the weather improves - to go on walks with my family in the neighborhood and this summer for us to go to the pool (walking to it as well).
- Every morning to read my bible
- Every morning to do some crunches, work on the tri-ceps with weights and do some push-ups with the exercise ball.
- Do Yoga Sat. and Sun. and any days I have off from school. Report
I have started to set a goal Daily, I need to start slow!! Report
thanks for sharing. Started me thinking about my goals. Report
Happy New Year to all. At this time the beginning of 2010, I intend to regroup, take a breath and refocus on my life. As a member of Spark, I will rely on suggestions and take the help from the team in order to meet my goal for my daughter's wedding in June. As a member from Canada, I would love nothing more than to meet friends , communicate with them on a daily or "hourly" basis. I am doing this on my own and although my husband and daughter are very supportive - I am outnumbered in this house. It probably sounds that I am whining but I have huge hurdles to climb because of a right knee and left hip injury two years ago and exercising is very difficult. I need direction . Love You All Report
Enjoyed reading your blog. I think I'll incorporate the spending no more than an hour on the computer and then getting up and moving around one. Report
Taking 1/2 hour to eat a meal is all very well a great way so you don.t eat everything on your plate. Because by that time if there is anything left on your plat it woukld be cold so you would either reheat or throw out.. Report
These sound like great things to do in the new year, i especially liked the gettting up on and the slowly eating meals one i think they may be ideas to invest in :) Report
I want to have a BMI of 24.8 or less by March 31, 2010
Well, I really just decided to tone what I have after losing 20 more pounds! I lost 40 pounds since last summer, by exercising and watching what I ate. My goal is to just keep up the good work. I am also in training to become an aerobic's instructor! Report
My main goal is to keep my house tidy, so I have the time to exercise and cook healthy meals. Also, it cuts down on my allergies, which helps me sleep better, which makes me want to exercise, and it gives me a place to relax and destress. Report
I enjoyed the article. My goals is to stay motivated and do the best that I can. Had surgery on right wrist. I can still Spread The Spark and track my goals, food and some excersise. Report
I love it love it love it! my goals are1.stay healthy,2. stay connected to the spark,3.lose 10 more lbs.4. read more than I watch tv.5. learn more abaout using this computer and this web page.6.rejoice with my sparks who reach their goals.blessing to ya lucyjune7
Woo Hoo! Looking forward to NOLA and 90% sure of Chicago RNR!!
Very motivating article Report
So far I have one goal...New Orleans Mardi Gras Rock and Roll Marathon with YOU!!! right now I can think of nothing more. :-) Report
Exercise Daily for at Least 30 minutes
Eat Healthy and Clean
Wake Up at 430 each morning
Declutter and Simplify my Life
Read more and watch less TV
Spend at least 20 minutes a day reading with my son.

Each of these have been broken down into 2 month increments in order to establish a routine before moving on to the next. From now till 15 Mar 10, I'm concentrating on Exercising each day for 30 minutes. Report
Those are great goals! I think they are very inspiring. And not just because living in Oregon, I see the people doing the hood to coast relay every year! =P Report
Main goal: To no longer be clinically obese by my daughter's wedding in October! Report
I'm with you on the Chicago Marathon. I've wanted to do that one for a while. And on 10/10/10...well, that only happens once a century. Report
1. Focus on strength training using my whole body.
2. Be able to do a pull-up
3. Run a half-marathon
4. Always be conscious of my posture (stupid desk job!)
5. Improve my positive-thinking and self-confidence
6. Support local food & attempt (2nd time's the charm!) to have a fruitful (har har) home garden. Report
Can't wait for NO Nancy---New York will be there too!!!! Report
to get out and do more things
To do whatever it takes to work on my mental health.
Exercise at least six times a week Report
My goal is to not get discouraged and try to keep positive energy in my mind and body. It wouldn't hurt to clean out the closets too. Report
I'll keep you and your family in my prayers. Keep up the good attitude...that's 95% of the battle.

My goal is to stay within my nutrition plan on a daily basis. Report
Wow, great goals. I am a true believer of goals and I love to achieve at least 3 of the 5-10 goals I set for myself each year. That shows me that I've finished something, or at least 3. :0) I would love to join a sparkteam in a race. Someday that will be one of my goals. I, at one time, almost had the opportunity to run on a team in the Hood to Coast relay but the guy that was putting it together the team couldn't get enough folks to commit. I would love to do that relay, it sounds like sooooo much fun!!!!
That is awesome that you'll be running the Chicago Marathon once again, I think you should set that as an annual tradition.

Good luck in achieving those goals this year!!!

I'll be joining the Jeff Galloway running group this spring in Dallas. I am currently recovering from surgery but will be back on it in just a few weeks!!! Report
Nancy - goal one - what a great example of taking small steps towards reaching a goal!
I love goal two - and may have to incorporate that into my thinking and lifestyle. As I read it, I thought about how I shoveled through a good dinner of chicken tenders, brown rice, mushrooms and roasted veggies enjoying it sort of, should have taken more time and enjoyed all the flavors! Thanks for inspiring me!
God bless your family with peace and strength - if there is anything I can do, let me know! Report
Just reading your post has me motivated. Good luck with all of your goals for 2010! Report
My condolences to you and your family. Good luck with your running this year. I am fairly new to SP and am just getting involved with exercising. I doubt seriously if I will ever be a runner, but I am gaining my strength by walking and by doing the cardio exercises. Report
Sorry about your mother-in-law. Congratulations on setting up goals for yourself. I will never be a runner, as I have bad knees, but I do love to walk. My goals are to get out and walk more and to incorporate exercise into each day. I am also beginning to make sure I eat healthier. I am a diabetic, and I finally got into a diabetic clinic so I am incorporating what I am learning. Hopefully I will be fitter and thinner in 2011.
Sorry to hear about your mother-in-law, i have dealt with liver cancer in my family. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
My goals for 2010 are: (1) portion control-i've never really kept track before and i think that's a big one for me. (2) get at least 15 minutes of exercise per day (3) drink at least 8 glasses of water a day (4) lose 20lbs. by our family reunion in August. Report
What awesome goals! and your mother-in-law is in my prayers! I'd love to do the Chicago Marathon in October, I don't know that I'll be ready to run, but I can definitely do the walking. I've got 60 lbs to loss this year, so 10/10/10 is definitely something to look forward to! Please keep in touch on my page with details! Report
I'm excited to see the Hood to Coast relay on your list! I live in Portland OR and would love to be part of your support team if you're looking for volunteers. Report
I've loved reading everyone's goals here!
Mine will change throughout the year, but currently a few are...
#1. Increase my speed so I'm able to do my part in running with our Spark Team (WOO HOO!!!) at the Hood To Coast Relay
#2. A PR at the Max Muscle Vancouver Half Marathon Feb 28.
#3. Run the Newport Oregon Marathon 6/5/10
#4. Run the Portland Oregon Marathon with at least 1 hour off last year's finish time. (I was running with a stress fracture)
#5. Increase my endurance and ability on hills to be able to consider running the Kauai Marathon in 2011. Report
awesome goals nancy!!! i am thinking about doing chicago this october... if my new electrolyte program cures my illnesses i think i could pull it off!!! you are the best! stay strong, i know you are going through a lot - we are here for you! Report
This year my goals are to continue to work towards a healthy weight. and to also begin to get in physical shape. So far I have been moving a lot more and getting out of the house more, eating better and healthier. This is going to be my year. Report
Very nice set of goals and a wonderful role model…Thanks. You will love the Hood to Coast Relay, Oregon is a beautiful state, I love living here. Report
Nancy, I'm so sorry about your mother-in-law... I think you're doing an excellent job of striving for balance as you both tend to her needs and make sure that you don't neglect your own in the process. You are a very wise woman.

Anybody who wants to enjoy some really great photography of the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon Relay should follow your link to that site! I laughed and laughed...and if I were still able to run, I'd DEFINITELY make a point of entering it! The costumes...the people on the sidelines! It's as if exiles from Let's Make a Deal, if you remember that show, all took up running and ventured out to Cincy!

My own goals are losing my weight this year and striving to make interesting recipes. I'm enjoying it quite a bit in the process!

All the bestest... Susan Report
One of my fitness goals is to try to do the Navy Seal Push Up challenge. that's 100 good military style push ups done in two minutes. So far, I can do 42 good ones in one minute. not bad for an old lady like me. LOL !!! I know it's going to take a lot of practice and I'm going to do my best to reach that goal. I already can do 100 push ups. I just can't do them in two minutes. so, that's one goal.

Another goal is to increase my lean muscle. I've been working on this for a while and it's been slow going. Don't get me wrong, I've made some great improvements. but, I'd really like to see a tad more definition. Lowering my body fat won't be easy. So, let's try increasing lean muscle instead.

oh and I'm working on doing pull ups again. My shoulder is healthy so, along with my push up training, I'm doing pull ups too.

As far as person growth type stuff, I'm not sure what I'll do. I guess I'll have to think about that. I'm always looking for ways to improve myself.
I just want to try to get to a healthier weight that I can effectively work to maintain. Report
I didn't any new year resolution goal (i've failed everytime I tried in the past), but last October, I decided to run my first 1/2 marathon this March and run at least 2 more after that. Report
Good luck Nancy on reaching your goals for 2010. My goals for 2010 include connecting with my inner self and letting my light shine. In addition I want to improve my overall health by inches & pounds. Since joining spark people I believe that setting goals are a springboard to getting where I need to be. Yes this is my year to ignite my eternal "spark". Report
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