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Making SENSE of my 2011 Goals!

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Goals for 2011
This is my commitment to myself to take care of me. I have tried so many different ways to lose the weight and though I’m halfway to my goal it has taken a very long 4 years to get there. Literally 11 pounds a year! Through it all I have been raising our 5 kids (4 with special needs) which require a lot of extra attention, Dr. specialists and therapies. I tell you the truth, I feel so blessed!! My kids are such a gift to my husband and I!! We love them just as they are! Homeschooling them has been such a blessing as I have incorporated healthy eating, exercise and other habits into our curriculum. And they are really doing well with it!! Thanks Spark!

This is very long, but putting my goals in print makes it real, and sharing it with my healthy Spark Community takes it out of park and gives me accountability to keep moving!
I have gained priceless wisdom on healthy eating and exercise that has forever changed me. And this journey would not be possible without the wonderful help of SparkPeople and all the members that have been a part of my path. THANK YOU!!
I know I will never go back to the very unhealthy person I was…physically, physiologically or mentally!
A reflection of this past year has really kicked my determination and motivation into high gear.
Sadly, I lost my sweet brother this past June at the age of 51. He died of complications to surgery from a birth defect of a shortened esophagus. He always struggled with his weight in his adult life.
In December my husband (my soul mate) turned critically ill with a severe acute pancreatitis attack. I almost lost him! His pancreatic levels were so high that for many it is damaging to the major organs or fatal. My dear husband is recovering well, but we still don’t know the cause. More testing will be done. My husband doesn’t drink or smoke which are the main causes of pancreatitis. High triglycerides are also a cause, but that wasn’t an issue for him either. Even so, the Dr. has ordered him to eat a restricted low-fat meal plan. I’ve turned him onto Spark People’s tracker and he has faithfully tracked his nutrition for the best health! THANKS SPARKPEOPLE!!

This year will mark a very adventurous, limit breaking (ones set by fear of failure) path. I’ve made a list of my goals that I know will work for me. They incorporate things I’ve learned from Spark and my teammates here, and the extensive research I’ve done and continue to do. I’ve also included things that I know personally work for me, like reading for pleasure and growth. I don’t have all the answers, so I look to reliable trustworthy resources for wisdom, guidance and knowledge. Even if I only glean one idea from a book or other source it is well worth it for my growth and success!

Books – I plan to read an inspirational and/or personal growth book at least once a month. These books aren’t all about weight loss, but they are about determination, faith, survival, courage, healthy mind, body and spirit. I may not read them in exactly the order listed, but the idea is to give my mind a workout as well as my body. There is nothing like an inspirational story to get you motivated. If you know me I am usually reading 5 or more books at once!
So here is the list!
Idoleyes: My New Perspective on Faith, Fat and Fame by Mandisa
Believe It, Be It by Ali Vincent Choosing To See by Mary Beth Chapman
Fat Chance by Julie Hadden (Biggest Loser contestant)
Faith & Fat Loss by Ron Williams
Who Switched Off My Brain? And The Gift in You by Dr. Caroline Leaf
A Course in Weight Loss 21 Spiritual Lessons for Surrendering Your Weight Forever by Marianne Williamson
What Would Jesus Eat? The Ultimate Program for Eating Well, Feeling Great and Living Longer by Don Colbert, M.D.
Nice Girls Finish Fat, Put Yourself First and Change Your Eating Forever by Karen R. Koenig, LCSW, M.Ed.
Last Journey Down, How I lost 87 Pounds and Kept It off for 11 Years and Counting by Miche Evans
The Clothesline Diet by Karen Gatt
I Finally Understand! A Personal Weight Loss Story by Deb Micinski
Where Did All the Fat Go? By Rob Huizenga, M.D. (Dr. for Biggest Loser)
Okay, that should be a good start!! LOL
Now I didn’t plan on my goals turning into an acronym, but it is so like me to find one! It works for me as it helps me remember in my head! We are taught this way in school to remember important facts. I learned it while practicing piano! The acronym is: SENSE! And this whole plan makes total SENSE!!

My Spirit - Read through the Bible in 1 year I have never done this in a year, so this is my year. Our spiritual health is so important to our physical and emotional health. I believe they are all tied together.

My Exercise – A regular commitment to exercise every day. I’ve joined the Official 28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge team to give me some structure.
I will also be doing ST including Free Weights and my new Kettle bells I got for Christmas, and my stacked weight machine.
I will do Cardio through the Wii (Gold’s Gym Cardio Workout, Sports Active and Wii Fit; Elliptical, Punching bag and Treadmill.
I will keep track of these exercises through Spark or BodyMedia Fit with my monitor.
And of course I will continue to exercise with my Border Collies and Sheltie walking and playing soccer (no matter the weather.)

My Nutrition – Track! Weigh and measure. I have read so many times that tracking is a huge successful tool. I know it works for me as well.
I will stay within my cal range and track on the BodyMedia website.
Try one new recipe a month or sooner from the Clean Eating magazine or The Master Your Metabolism Cookbook by Jillian Michaels

My Sanctuary, Space – A quiet place for me, a time that is relaxing and uninterrupted.

My Energy – Like anything that is seasoned, it only gets better with age. Like a strong fresh cup of coffee that with a rich satisfying flavor that lasts beyond the last sip leaving me feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world!
These are some of the things that are energy builders for me…
Take time to refresh – Me time!
Eating well
Peace - stress reduction
My hope is that this will really make a difference not only for me, but for everyone else that really needs it! And so you could add another E to the end for Encouragement. I really believe that when you touch others’ lives, pay it forward, you grow exponentially and you live a much richer fuller life. I can’t imagine my life not touching others. I want to be a good example to my family and friends so that they can live healthy happy lives as well. .
I know I can do this I need to make it happen.
Anything is doable if we believe we can do it and more importantly, Believe in Ourselves!
I will keep you updated through my blogs as to my progress.
I wish everyone success, health and happiness in this New Year! It is a gift!

Hugs to all, Cathy
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  • TINA2016
    Sweet lady you are amazing. You inspire me to do better. hugs
    3397 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3274814
    CBN has a read the bible in a year. they send you waht to read daily with a verse to remember.
    I just signed up. I dont' know if I'll make it, but I did it today. So join me. emoticon
    3757 days ago
    Cathy, great blog. Well thought out and a wonderful plan. This past year has been full of challenges for you but you have stayed focused and determined. I know 2011 is going to be a good year.

    BTW, have you listen ted Mandisa's CD titled Freedom. Wow she has a beautiful voice and I really love some of those songs. On second thought maybe you recommended this CD. Can't remember, lol!! Anyway I really like it.
    3762 days ago
    emoticon It has been a tough year for you, Cathy. I know 2011 will be a better year! emoticon Great goals! emoticon
    3762 days ago
    Keep me posted on how the books are. That's something I probably should do too but going to wait until I'm done with school in May.
    3762 days ago
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