Without goals to achieve, I tend to get a little lost. My personality requires structure and time limits. If there is no definite time frame to achieve a goal, I will likely not succeed meeting that goal. That is just the way it is. When setting goals for the new year, I do reflect back on my goals for 2011.
The first area I addressed in 2011 was my Health and here is what I wrote.....
Health: I will again become motivated to improve my health. To do this I will need to exercise, eat better and deal with stress in a more positive way. Exercise: I am paying for a gym membership.....that has gone unused for at least a month and a half. Tsk...Tsk. I am going to commit to going to the gym at least 8 times this month (and every month this year).
This goal was vague and without structure. Oh... I never did get any better at going to the gym either. Gym membership Canceled. And Exercise... that never really took off either. I do have a legitimate reason for that (at least from April 2011 to present) I had a partially torn meniscus in my knee. That did limit the amount of exercise I could partake in. As of two weeks ago, that excuse is no longer valid. The knee surgery was a success and I go back next Friday for my last check up and hopefully a release to get active again.
Another area I reflected on was eating better. Here is what I said:
I will eat foods that are better for me by eliminating more of the processed foods that I really like. More whole grains,vegetables and fruits will be incorporated into my diet. I will eliminate at least one diet soda a day and replace it with water. ( I drink way too much soda... seriously).
Yet another vague goal that really did not accomplish much. But a couple a months ago, I did start incorporating more fresh foods into my diet thanks to Carla's challenge, and I am drinking more water. But, I still am drinking Soda. I like it. A lot.
My husband and I are true junk food junkies. We enable each other to eat junk. And we both know it is NOT good for us, but we still do it. Last week, we were watching a PBS fundraiser and it was about improving your health. Dr. Joel Furhman was explaining about the right foods to eat to improve your health... and while eating these foods you will lose weight too. We both decided to investigate it further and we ordered one of his books (using Amazon gift cards).
The book has not arrived yet, but it should be here soon. I will be sharing more about it later.
This year, I am putting it out there.. My overall goal for better health is weight loss. I am obese.... according to the BMI charts, I would be classified as morbidly obese. I hesitate it post my weight, but I will think about it. My challenge/goal is too lose 50 pounds by July 1, 2012. Starting now, (today) that will give me 7 months to accomplish the goal. Each month, I will lose approx 7 lbs. This will be accomplished with better eating, EXERCISE, and drinking more water.
Some basic guidelines:
* Keep calories in the 1,500 - 1,850 range daily
* Exercise 6 days a week. We have great bike paths to walk and or ride a bike. I don't have a bike.
* Make weight training a priority
* No more cookie dough. This is my go to food for stress eating.
* Drink 72-100 ounces of water every day and record water consumption
* Record all food intake, even if nutrition information is unavailable
I can keep track for you, but since I have yet to decide to plug in my real weight this is what you get:
Start weight: ____
Goal weight: 50 less
Current weight: ____
Pounds to goal: 50
Pretty vague, but for now it will have to do.
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