happier and healthier Is going to be my main focus breaking it done to small monthly goals then weekly ROUTINES...THUS DAILY HABITS I hope anyway need to try to care about myself more have gave up on me for so long its crazy and it shows
A TURTLE NEVER MAKES ANY PROGRESS UNLESS SHE STICKS HER NECK OUT
I'm looking back to 2017 and all my goals. Had a few health problems arrive and also a significant loss in my life. So i was off track for many reasons, even though I did my best to stay active.
Hoping in 2018 to plan again each week-- Goals and tracking food + activity. Keeping a calendar close by to record my success. Good luck to all who want to join in the daily plan to get trimmer and healthier.
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Irish Ei from: OH January 31 EST
Total SparkPoints: 122,894
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Fitness Minutes: (6,591)
12/23/17 8:34 P
I completely agree with CARPROTH. If you feel the timing is right and you're all fired up about starting whatever, for the love of Pete, don't wait for an arbitrary date like Jan 1 to get going.
I was going to start eating way less carbs after the holidays but I was so fired up about all of it that I am currently 2 weeks in. I'm feeling great - sleeping way better, more alert through the day, fewer aches and pains. I have had a few slips here and there but because I feel yucky after indulging, the cravings for those items is easier to control. My brain needs to catch up with my body.
If you want to learn more about Keto and low carb eating, there is a fantastic ACTIVE group on sparkpeople called Team Keto!. Youtube has a lot of resources. Going Keto with Casey is a great place to start.
my first thought is "Never to early" and i am apparently not alone. i think people make goals and resolutions quickly without thinking of how to reach them. the best is to start now in small doable pieces. even though this time of year gets crazy we can start the ground work now so we are making progress by the time jan 1 is here.
for instance, if exercise is a goal, starting with 10-15 minute routines will help build consistancy so that we can handle more.
Tammy, Scarlet Dragons, Time to Bloom CST
current weight: 263.3
Fitness Minutes: (17,653)
2,579 12/18/17 12:06 P
Never too soon! I started thinking about them a week or two weeks ago and about my plans for them.
1. Eat less process food/Eat more whole foods. I have recipes saved and started making meal plans and shopping lists and at first I was going to go cold turkey but it's going to be smarter/easier for me to introduce it slowly into my daily life. I am going to start with snacks and then move on to side dishes.
2. Walk/Run a 10K race. I am currently doing a fitness plan which incorporates a lot of cardio and strength training which I think will help get me to that goal :).
"If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you." Call me Sandy.
I make year long goals and then I also make month long and week long goals to help me achieve the year long goals.
My year long goal this year is to walk the year which means 2018 miles. My month long goals are to do at least 1 timed 5k per week and walk 40 miles per week.
You are your only limit!!! "Nothing is impossible; the word itself says, I'm possible!" Audrey Hepburn "Let no feeling of disappointment prey upon you and in the end you are sure to succeed." Abraham Lincoln Leader spark team Walk/Run the year 2018 Http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/gro ups_individual.asp?gid=69201
I think the beginning of the new year is a nice time to reboot and work on a small list of simple goals. To me, it doesn't matter if I don't stick to them rock solid...the purpose is to jump start the new year with the intention adding a new strategy towards a better me.
This year I'm going to try to avoid buying salt....there is enough salt in the condiments and low salt soup stock that I use in cooking. I'm going to use them sparingly.
I'm going to get rid of a lot of 'stuff' that is collecting dust in the back corners of my closets. Some people might consider storage tote containers great organization tools, but for me they are time capsules. I have 1 small closet that hasn't seen the light of day for 3 years. Time to call a donation center for pick up.
Sheryl, New Jersey EST, SUMMER 5% Challenge-KITCHEN CHAMPIONS
" I make them and usually fail" Then there is no reason for you to make them.
"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand." ~ Randy Pausch
"There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results." ~ Art Turock
"We have a saying in Tibet: If a problem can be solved, there is no use worrying about it. If it can't be solved, worrying will do no good." ~ 7 Years in T
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10,890 12/17/17 1:22 P
I make them because they give me something fun to focus on during the year. Next year I'm going to figure out my road bike with the clip in shoes! Last year, I learned how to use chopsticks and parallel park. This year, I did a 1-second video using the 1SE app every day and read 26 books.
"If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary-wise; what it is it wouldn't be, and what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?" - Alice from Alice in Wonderland
Fitness Minutes: (169,022)
23,130 12/17/17 1:19 P
Years ago a friend made a resolution, which she shared with me after the first few months of the year. It seemed like something that I would really enjoy doing. At the very end of June I realized that I didn't actually have to wait for the magical date of January first, so my "year" for this goal runs from the beginning of July through the end of June. I've been tracking it this way for over a decade.
You want a goal to be measurable and it's easier to break down in terms of regular chunks of time, but it can start any time. Personally I think that large numbers of yearly goals make you more inclined not to reach any of those goals, especially if those goals have high difficulty levels. I think it's better to focus on one difficult thing until you get the hang of it, transition to a maintenance or small change goal and then go to work on another goal. Running 1000 miles in a year isn't a realistic goal if you don't own running shoes. Running 1000 miles next year if you ran 930 last year is a small increase and you've already built in a lot of what you need to accomplish. Trying to change too much at once usually means you revert back to what you were doing before. So instead of overloading yourself with ideals, look at one thing and work on it until it's second nature By all means do some maintenance keeping track of or adjusting at that point, but then move on to the next thing.
I make them and sometimes succeed. I gave up sodas one year and have never gone back. I gave up caffeine 2 years ago and now only have it occasionally (but not coffee and teas- I drink those all day, just decaf). This year, I am getting back into a better fitness routine. I am joining a new gym and seeking out workout partners. It's not really a resolution, I would be doing it anyway, it just happens that my membership renewal to my old gym came up in December.
Nope, I am not a resolution person. I will be refocusing on my weight loss goal starting January 1. But, even before then, I am rebuilding the habit of tracking my food consistently.
One thing I have learned through rebuilding this habit is that I really need to hit carbs around 45% of my daily intake. If I get much lower than that, I start craving and sadlu overeating things like cookies, cupcakes, and other items that shouldn't be consumed regularly. It's been wreaking havoc on me! Argh. :)