New Years Resolutions

Popcorn Sabotage, or Goal Setting in the New Year

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It's just a few days into the new year, and already I am breaking my New Year's resolutions.  Oh, how quickly those thoughtfully considered and carefully written out plans crumble to dust when faced with a tin of caramel popcorn from the holidays.  My mind knows I should "Just Say No", but somehow, I can't imagine how it happened, I found the deliciously sweet, crunchy nuggets swirling around inside my mouth, and impulse took over.  I was Out. Of. Control.  Not a good way to start off the new year!

Thankfully, like Scarlett O'Hara, I believe firmly that tomorrow IS another day!  Another day to DO BETTER.  So, with that in mind, I thought I would share my goals with you, and that brings me to my first goal....

1.  I will not beat myself up over failure.  Nor will I allow a temporary failure to permanently set me back.

Ladies, this is a really important resolution.  So often, we mess up and then we let that mistake get to us and drag us down and stop us in our tracks.  How many of us have been de-railed from healthy eating for weeks or months, if not years, by an ice cream binge?  Yeah, I didn't think I was the only one.

We cannot allow our temporary failures to become mind monsters that scare us away from reaching our goals.  Instead, we can use failures to spur us on if we are willing to learn the lessons they teach us.  The lesson I learned?  If I am going to bring treats into the house, they must be compatible with my plan.  

2.  Lose 52 pounds.  I'm starting out today at 218 pounds.  Fifty-two pounds down would be 166 pounds, and that's one pound a week, if anyone is doing the math.  That will get me two-thirds of the way to my ultimate weight loss goal of 80 pounds.  So why did I pick the magic number of 52?  You know, when some of you are doing diets where you say, "I lost 30 pounds in a month!"  Okay, that's cool.  That worked for you, and that's great.  But if I have learned anything over the past year of trying out different diet plans, it is that no way, no how am I going to drop 30 pounds in a month.  It just ain't gonna happen.  But a pound a week?  That sounds like a totally achievable goal.  And if my goal is one pound a week, I can really focus on creating a diet and exercise plan that works for me, for the long haul.  Because ultimately, I want to create a sustainable, lifelong health and fitness plan.  A way of life.  And 52 pounds?  That will be a huge benefit to my health (not to mention my self-esteem!) I'll talk about my action plan in a future post.

3.  Move every day.  And by "move", I mean, get off my butt and exercise in a way that supports my health and fitness plan.  Now, I wear my Fitbit religiously, and I count my steps.  Before the Big Chill hit the US, I was walking approximately three days a week.  And I have to say, on our recent travels abroad, my younglings who are in their teens and early adulthood had trouble keeping up with me.  But I truly hate cold weather, and the thought of venturing out onto the cold, snowy tundra that is Ohio right now at 5 AM is just somehow not inspiring to me.

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But that's okay, because YouTube to the rescue!  There are so many workout video options on YouTube for whatever is my jam for that day.  And I don't even have to leave my room.  Sweet!  

4.  Become very intentional with my morning routine.  My morning routine for the past year is to get up with Hubs at 4:00 AM (I know, it sounds horrible, but I actually like it now), drink coffee with him, kiss him off to work, walk (when it's not frozen tundra weather) and then fritter my time away on Facebook until I have to get ready for work.  You might notice that this routine is not really setting up for a great day.  So I am experimenting with a more focused and intentional routine.  I'll still get up and have coffee with the Hubs and kiss him off to work.  But I will add in packing our lunches before he goes.  Then, I will spend

  • MINDSET:  15 minutes with my journal, writing down three things I am grateful for, and the One Big Thing I want to accomplish on this day.  During this time, I will also visualize the result I want to accomplish as completed, send up my prayers to my Higher Power, and ask for my loved ones to be blessed.
  • MOVEMENT:  Then I will take 15-20 minutes to MOVE
  • NOURISH:  30 minutes to get ready for work and eat something--usually yogurt or a green smoothie or a protein bar, and then
  • MISSION:  Spend the rest of my home time in the morning working on this blog. 

Since it is so easy to get sucked into the Facebook Black Hole, I will save social media for evening, when it is wind down time.

Why am I so motivated to get a solid morning routine down?  Because the morning sets the tone for the whole rest of the day, and I want my days to be fabulous!

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So those are my key goals for this year.  Now, we often have a tendency to write down our goals in January and forget all about them by February.  That's where accountability kicks in.  I'll be posting an update on these goals monthly, so I can track how I'm doing.

What are your goals for 2018?  Share them in the comments below.  I can't wait to see what you're planning!

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Everyone makes New Year's resolutions in January, and for most people, by February, those resolutions are long forgotten.  Set yourself up for success this year by creating goals and an action plan you can use every day.  

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