Time to adjust my goals and find more focus in my plan

Friday, January 20, 2012

I am realizing that I have a long list of goals that I want to achieve, but I want to achieve them all at once. That isn't working so well for my right now. This is the one thing I don't want to end up in chaos. It is too important. And if I continue to try to make all of my changes at once I might end up in worse shape than before.

So, I have decided to look at all my goals and slim them down and at the end of each week I will look back and see if I have made enough progress to add another goal. In my time away from Spark People there was one goal that I did keep up with and that was to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. That one will stay. So the first goal I am going to focus on is eating enough protein because I have a hard time reaching that goal and it seems like an easier one to reach. After that I am going to focus on my iron intake.

My exercise goals will also be scaled back a little because I have found myself not reaching my goals and getting frustrated. This way I can get the benefit of reaching my goal and can gradually move it back up to where I would like it. It just seems that the time I was away has made unable to do the same I did when I left so I am going to have to build myself back up gradually.

I am one of those people that is always running in different directions to end up getting nowhere in the end. With five kids it is just a way of life...dishes, laundry, PTO, work, helping with homework, breaking up fights, etc. all to wake up the next day and do it all over again...usually after getting only about half the sleep I should be getting. This seems to be the only area in my life where I can cut back on some of the chaos and feel rewarded for it. So, that is exactly what I am going to do. I am putting on the breaks and I am going to focus on one small change at a time and I will only add another when I feel I can still continue to keep up with the other changes. It is the only way I will not get overwhelmed again.

I will succeed this time!!!!
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  • ABLACK2011
    Oh, Amy...I can relate. I have four biological children...ages 17, 15, 8, and 6 weeks plus my step-children ages 9, 8, and 6 who are with us every other weekend and one evening during the week. I get such minimal things done every day and to a mother who is used to go-go-going all day's hard for me to "be tied down" with an infant. I get frustrated if I can't get my exercise in on the treadmill, frustrated when I can't sit down and right my blog at the end of the day or input my nutrition, etc. I'm trying to prioritize taking care of my needs for exercise and nutrition, but sometimes feel like my family is out to sabotage me even though I know that's not true. I also tend to want to do too much! Reading your blog reminds me that I'm not the only one who struggles with it all. Thank you for sharing. Let's you and I focus on today...Amen? Will focus on tomorrow...tomorrow. emoticon
    3399 days ago
  • AUNTB63
    Yes YOU can do this....I don't have as hectic a life as you, but I did come up with the same conclusion with goals set (and not reached). I am working on two goals right now and so far have a 21 day steak going.....when I feel that these are a second nature to me I will add one/two new goals. Although in the past I was able to do it all at once and succeed I really feel most of those old habits never really had a chance to be changed (mentally) so this time slow is my motto, one day at a goal at a time. WE can do this. It may take longer to release this excess fat, but think of all the healthy changes we will accomplish on the way. emoticon Each day comes with more strength knowing we are doing our best.
    3401 days ago
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