January 1, 2014 | Vol.54 N.1

Goals, goals and even more goals

It’s time to put away those Christmas lights, throw out that Christmas tree and start the New Year with fresh ideas and new goals, right?

Well, not so fast!

I know that many of us have those extra 15 pounds (or more in my case) that we want to lose, and we all want to exercise more. Maybe we want to pay off our debt and save more money or be better about serving and giving to others in 2014 but it seems that the first thing we should all do before starting a new healthy lifestyle is to get organized!

Let’s start by getting rid of all of the extra “stuff” in our homes, cars and offices or wherever else we may be stashing it. Having too much of anything is not good for the organized and healthy lifestyle we all want.

We have now just brought a lot more of that stuff into our lives with Christmas gifts and I know that there is a lot that we can get rid of. I also know that there are many people who are in need and could use our old clothes, shoes, coats, blankets, housewares and anything else we might not need anymore. Take those extra items to local shelters or other places where they give to those in need.

Once we have lessened our loads we need to store them in an orderly fashion so that we can find them easily when they are needed. I just love the feeling of opening a closet and seeing everything tidy and neat. It saves so much time too!

Now we can get down to making and actually achieving the goals we set out to accomplish.

Write them down and keep them somewhere where you can look at them daily. Tell others what your goals are so that they can encourage you and remind you often.

Make one large goal, for instance if you’ve always wanted to visit some exotic place, write it down and include how you plan to achieve that goal. Look up flights and places to stay, make it real in your mind.

If you’ve always thought about running a half marathon, write down your training goals and mark them off daily as you accomplish them. Start with smaller runs like 5Ks and 10Ks. When you complete these runs you will be even more motivated and excited to finish that 13.1 miler.

If losing weight is your goal, write down how much you want to lose, what you weigh now and then each day weigh yourself and write down all you eat. Writing down what goes into your body will help you realize how much you may be overeating or that your food choices could be better.

Then come up with an exercise plan that works for you. Write it down and try to plan times to exercise with friends. That way it will be harder to back out of your exercise for the day.

One of the best ways to accomplish your goals is to share them with others and include them in your process. 
So talk to your friends, see what they want to accomplish and maybe you can work together to help each other meet those goals.

Wishing you all a Happy New Year and a healthier 2014!

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