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January Goals

Saturday, January 05, 2013

I really need a kick start so I decided to set some basic goals for this first month of the year. They are pretty minimal, since I think that's what I need right now, what with slower than expected recovery from knee surgery, a lousy cold and lingering emotional "stuff."

I will:

Stay within my calorie range 29 out of 31 days in January (all except New Years Day and my birthday -- 2 streaks of 14 and 15 days each)

Track my weight and measurements every Saturday. (I thought about doing Wednesday instead but if I'm staying in range anyway, it shouldn't matter).

Do Cardio 4 days a week (elliptical, walking and running) and ST 3 days a week (resistance bands and weights). Other exercise and yoga would be great, but I am committing to doing at least that.

Monitoring my stress level daily in a short blog and using alternative methods for reducing stress (meditation, deep breathing, visualization, music). I am really committed to losing the weight and maintaining this time. Like a fair number of folks on Spark, I've lost substantial pounds (25, for me), only to put them back on again. There were external excuses (illness, injury) and laziness and complacency, but I think that there was an emotional component, too. I'm not really sure what it was about, but this time, I plan to pay more attention to it. I am pretty sure it has to do with stress and conflict and I want to make sure that it doesn't happen again. So, monitoring my stress and finding ways of dealing with it that do not involve food and alcohol will be an ongoing goal for me, starting now.

Reporting how I did at the end of the month.

Looking forward to this challenge!
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    Knee surgery and recovering from it takes time, so give yourself some time. Whatever you do don't say that you are backsliding because it's just another way of beating yourself up. Love yourself wholeheartedly every day and it will make a big difference.
    So you're a Capricorn too, eh? My birthday is on Sunday, the 13th. When is yours? I love birthdays!! The Universe showers you with love on your birthday! However I have experienced one birthday that wasn't so nice. 4 days after I turned 40 my boyfriend dumped me. What a bummer! But it was all for the best in hindsight. I'm with a really great guy now and we've been together for more than 10 years.
    I too will be celebrating with cake and indulging. I love my own cooking and plan to bake my own cake so I know how many calories I will be eating. I think this year it will be a chocolate cake with butter cream frosting! Oh, I can taste it now! YUM!!
    As for your other goals I highly recommend using yoga as a form of stress relieving so since monitoring stress daily is one of your goals as well as yoga (at some point) you can "kill two birds" by adding yoga now. I recommend finding a teacher though as trying yoga by looking at photos or a DVD is okay, nothing beats the in-person help from a good teacher who can correct your form.
    Good Luck and a very Happy New Year to you!!
    1959 days ago
    Thanks ladies! And're right, maybe I shouldn't use the word "minimal"...instead, I'll say "not complicated.". That's probably more accurate!
    1960 days ago
    great get er done!
    1960 days ago
    emoticon Good luck! You say 'minimal'?
    1961 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/5/2013 6:07:32 PM
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