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The Spark - chapter 2, Goals

Friday, March 11, 2011

Wow, how do I begin this? I am not even sure how. My will is already waning after two weeks of "being good!" and I feel that I need to re-ignite my Spark. I am going to do this by getting my goals in writing. This way I can review them and see them whenever my lite starts to dim. So here goes!

Long-term life goal -
* lose 85 pounds, keep it off
* get off (at least some) of my 11 prescription medications
* feel healthier/live healthier
* love life everyday
* move to a warm climate!
* Go to Hawaii for 30th Anniversary (6-6-16)

Short-term goal -
* drink 6-8 glasses of water everyday
* eat 5-8 fruits & veggies in their natural form daily
* purchase one new (never tasted) fruit or veggie weekly
* track food intake daily
* walk and/or train daily & track on tracker
* aim to lose 1 pound per week

Write a journal to allow myself to put my feelings down on paper, allowing myself to work through problems. This should help me to get my thoughts out of my head so I can sleep better and not take the stress to my gut. This should also allow me to write down the good things that happen during the day and see the accomplishments that I make so I can feel good too. I need to start believing in myself and build myself up, one page at a time.

Set up a weekly time slot to help out at my local animal shelter. I know how much this lifts my spirits and how enjoyable this is to me, so I need to make this a weekly habit.
I will also be checking into volunteering at my local hospital to work with the children in the pediatric or infant ward. I so love working with the little ones and can no longer do this with my disability, but I may be able to do this on a volunteer level! So, I will look into doing this, and am excited to do so!

I am working on going through the house, room by room. Cleaning out closets, clearing shelves and going through knick-knacks. What do I really need? I hope to move in the next year, or so, and what do I want to take with and what can I get rid of? We need to paint each, and every room, to freshen up the house. So, as I clean each room, I am packing up the room; boxes to keep; boxes for garage sale; boxes for Good Will. Then we paint the room, unpack what we need, and move on to the next room. And will the house even sell with this economy? That is not a thought I can even think right now, I need to go south, for health reasons. Fix the house, that is this goal. This will take time. One room down, too many to go!

I am sure that I will be changing these and updating these as I go along. But, I like that I finally have something in writing that I can refer back to as I need to. This is a great start for me, and I look forward to tomorrow!

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    You have an awesome plan. If you feel your motivation waning..I would suggest you post your goals in a couple of places around the house where you can see and be reminded of them..and also to commit to earning at least 25 points a day on SP just to keep yourself educated.

    I particularly love your goal of trying a new fruit or veggie weekly. I think I will add that. Very cool idea.

    Your sparkbuddy,
    2925 days ago
    It sounds like you've put a lot of thought into your goals! I need to do the same! Good luck with reaching them - the Hawaii trip sounds like a wonderful reward!
    2930 days ago
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