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Closing the Books for 2011

Monday, December 26, 2011

It's been a long time since I last blogged. I guess that reflects how busy 2011 has been. I've had some physical challenges this year, but what bothers me most as I finish up 2011 is the lack of definite goals that I had. That has affected my conditioning and my weight. I have experienced a yo-yo five pound gain/loss for most of the year and I don't like it a bit. I also don't like that I didn't achieve any healthy goals of long-distance walking or biking this year. So what's a girl to do? Close the books and start a new ledger!

Here are my goals for 2012:

Weekly goals:
1. Strength training at least twice a week.
2. Cardio exercise at least 3-4 times a week.
3. Drink 8 glasses of water each day.
4. Eat at least 2 fruits every day.
5. Eat 2 servings of vegetables every day.
6. Do better with iron level.
7. Do better with fiber level.
8. Journal on a consistent basis.
9. Include healthy snacks in the meal plan and abide by them.

Monthly goals:
1. Exercise at least 1000 minutes

Big goals:
1. Go on a bicycle camping trip.
2. Participate in at least one biking century with my sweetie.
3. Attain 4 miles in one hour by walking/jogging.
4. Participate in at least one walking or running event.

I'm really going back to the basics with a little zest thrown in for good measure. I also intend to set up a new reward system for my exercise, which has been working for me for the past month. Plus, I'm going to work on a reward system for my house blessing every week. I'm the only one bothered by dust, etc. in my home
emoticon but I want to be more consistent. Others have used the reward system technique and, since it's working with key areas of my physical exercise, I want to extend that to other areas.

This is a lot for the 2012 books! So on top of the "ledger" will go two of my favorite Scripture verses: Deuteronomy 6:5 "Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength" and Matthew 6:33 "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." Now everything is in the right perspective for me!

It's a plan! Happy New Year, Spark Family!
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