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Fact: the holiday decorations don't put themselves away...

Saturday, January 08, 2011

It's true, the tree, the lights, all the little decorations around the house... no matter how much I wish for it to be true, they just don't put themselves away. So this morning I tackled that job, determined to not quit until I reached my goal.

I've discovered that the same principle applies to my progress toward healthy goals. Just listing goals, without digging in to do the work required to achieve them will not get me my desired results. So I'm digging in to work on my own personal challenge to get myself back on track after a zany, chaotic, wonderful, whirlwind fall and holiday season. Here are my healthy goals for 2011...

First, I plan to get back to regular working out. Weekly, I put my workout schedule on my calendar so that it is a regular appointment that I MUST keep for myself. My goal is to complete 4-5 workouts a week at my boot-camp style gym. Also, I keep my gym bag ready to go in my car so I can't make excuses about skipping the gym after a long work day. Also, SP makes it fun to log in exercise and be rewarded with points! The points still motivate me after 2 1/2 years on SP... LOL!

Next, I plan my food and log my meals in early in the morning. Since I pack my lunch the night before, and I try to cook some things ahead, I usually know exactly what I'm going to eat for the day. Logging my food in early helps keep me accountable for calories and portion control. Staying within my healthy weight-loss calorie range, and drinking 8-12 glasses of water per day is included in my eating goal.

Finally, this year I am committed to eating as few processed foods as possible, or "eating clean." The closer my food is to its tie to the Earth, the better. I'm not saying I won't indulge in a canned veggie or a condiment or two from time to time, but I'm really trying to keep my eating plan simple, satisfying, tasty, and clean (unprocessed.) I'll definitely eat things I really like, but I'm making good choices.

That's it! I'm excited about getting 2011 off to a healthy start, and I'm wishing you all the same! Happy New Year to the SP community!

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  • LISAW/3
    Congratulations! You've got some great goals! But I didn't notice any running related ones- any races planned for this year?
    I got all the interior Christmas decorations down and packed away, but still need to get the outside lights down.
    3750 days ago
  • VANILLAMAMA
    Keep up the good work. I cant keep up my holiday decore. I get tired of looking at it by Christmas day. lol
    3750 days ago
  • HOPEFULHIPPO
    really? Is that why they are still sitting on my couch? emoticon

    well then, I guess I better get to them and my workouts. Seems like anything we want, we have to work for....yes?

    Have a rocking 2011
    3751 days ago
  • JANICEMC
    Great goals. I like the analogy to the plan of tackling the x-mas decorations. I was doing that today too! I like how you plan your meals ahead of time. I try to do that, but I don't always succeed. I usually plan dinner out, but I add the day up as it goes along. Creating a daily menu would really help me stay on track. I'm with you on the clean eating too. It's important. Good luck to you this year. I hope you achieve what you set out to achieve.
    3751 days ago
  • no profile photo 15LOVEHARRY
    Hey yeah, I was taking down the christmas decorations at me church today. Isn't it amazing how quickly it all comes down?

    3751 days ago
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