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One of the hardest things: Resetting Goals

Friday, January 08, 2016

I can sit and think and hope, wish on stars, eyelashes and dandelions, think of methods and do research, but if I don't plan and then follow the plan, it is all just words.

I have been on SparkPeople since 2010. I have lost and gained. I have learned and helped. But I didn't keep it going. SparkPeople is a great tool, but any tool is only as good as the hand that wields it.

I set a goal on November 2, 2015 to make it through the holidays and not gain weight and get exercising again. As much as I am not wanting to be a slave to the scale, my wii fit was helpful in informing me that I had, indeed, lost 2 lbs. since November.

I'm actually surprised at that. While I did plan a bit better and eat not as much as I could have through the holidays, I really was not active. I will use the weather as an excuse, but that's all it is... an excuse. I could have been so much better!

I'm back on SP to help with logging food and exercise. I'm running a challenge in one of my groups (Red Sox Nation). And I did the scariest thing of all. I reset my weight and goals. It changes everything. How much I should eat, how much I should move, the silly Ticker that shows how far I've come. Can't move forward if I don't acknowledge where I am!

I have gained back 40 of the 60 pounds that I lost in time for my 25th High School reunion. That is only one number. I have lost most of the strength that I gained in that time. I have gained 3 sizes in clothing. I have gained higher cholesterol.

That cholesterol number scares me. I lost my dad over 20 years ago to multiple strokes. My mother has had 5 or 6 Stents over the last 10 years. While I may be much healthier than they were at my age, (both had high blood pressure and smoked for all or some of their lives) I have some work to do to get me to a better place.

I have also gained an amazing group of friends, nay family, through the Highland Games. This is why I am basing many of my goals on HG.

I'm not one for flipping a calendar page and making the arbitrary date of January 1 be the jump off point. Anyone who has spent time in the gym knows that the first three weeks of January are the WORST and then life returns to 'normal'.

*Goal 1: Get back into smaller kilt by end of the season
+Eat healthier, lower cholesterol
~More correct veggies and fruit
~More complex carbohydrates/less simple
~More water, less coffee, more green tea
~Less alcohol (Keep it to special occasions only!!)
~Use proper supplements: vitamins, fish oil, IRON
+Move or lift for at least 1 hour, at least 6 of 7 days per week
~Begin with body weight exercise
~Start at the beginning, like I've never done it before, concentrating on form, function and mobility
~Add weight when ready, then add more
~Work on HG form, Contrarian Method here I come!
~Meet or best all PRs by end of season

*Goal 2: Get the house to where I'd be proud to have guests
~Clean and organize 30 minutes per day
~Get craft/guest room ready for... guests!
~Paint 1 room per month
~Obtain home loan for repairs (Priority #1!!)
~Finish yard prep for winter

*Goal 3: Get off the couch
~Limit TV and facebook time
~Practice calligraphy and make stuff (I had so much fun with the Christmas card!)
~Go to library, Join a walking/craft/social club, Meet people
~Maybe go on a date with a man? Yes, I am looking.
~Golf. I still like golf. Stop treating it only as work.

I will be charting progress for all goals on a big ole' poster board at home and will check in periodically. If you are curious and want to know how I'm doing, please ask. The more people I know are watching, the more accountable I will be!!

Thanks for taking time to read and care! On to big throws, more wonderful memories and better health for all.

I can do this.
This is editted from my personal blog, 612 Days
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    I love how you are specific with your goals. Mine are more generic, and I need to be more detailed. When I retired in December, I made a notebook with lists of everything I wanted to accomplish around the house. I need to do this with my heath, too, as it is much more important than what the house looks like. emoticon
    I'm glad to see you back, as I have returned for the LAST time.
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    1768 days ago
  • SHINY5711
    Ah, Gretchen, you are such an inspiration! You can do this. You know you can, and I know you can and yes, yes, yes, I want to know how you are doing!!!!
    1845 days ago
    This is a GREAT blog... and how cool are you? VERY!

    I think the whole highland games group/activity is marvelous! Makes me want to be a Celt!

    You're going to be awesome this year!

    Thank you for sharing!

    1845 days ago
    It is great to see your goals shared! Having goals posted in front of us, like in a room of our home, helps us to feel motivated to keep them! Keep up the great work!!
    1845 days ago
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