A Cup of Coffee and a Pocket full of Goals

My blogging friend Kristin, you can find her at www.kissmeproject.wordpress.com, has inspired me to set goals for myself.  She had 25 goals to meet by the time she turned 25.  Well, I’ll be 51 next month, but I don’t think–even if I worked really hard–that I could make 51 goals, so I’m thinking that 10 goals by the end of the year would be good.  there’s 6 months left, so that’s a little less than 2 goals per month.  “I could do that.” she says confidently.  Ok, so what should these 10 goals be?  I’d want them to enrich my life surely.  I’d want them to be true accomplishments.  I’d want them to challenge me or direct me to finish something.  Hmmm.

Goal 1:  Lose 26 lbs by Christmas.  Why not 25 you say?  Well, half of 50 is 25 + 1 for the 51 = 26.  It’s logical to me anyway.

Goal 2:  Give the “Couch to 5K”  program a shot.  This will also help with goal 1.  (Also inspired by Kristin by the way)

Goal 3:  Wear make-up to work everyday for a month. (I understand that this is not a problem for most, but for me, believe me, it’s a challenge.)

Goal 4:  Put a system in place in 1 room of the house that keeps it clean all the time.  (I can add more rooms later.  I want to be able to accomplish this.)

Goal 5:  Sort through the closet and get rid of clothes that don’t fit or I don’t wear anymore.

Goal 6:  Do something nice for someone every month.  After Thanksgiving do something nice for someone once a week.

Goal 7:  Sew 10 bags for Mill Street Coffee (my husband owns a coffee shop and he’s asked me to do this, but I’ve been putting it off.)

Goal 8: Read the Bible’s New Testament and keep a journal about what I’ve read.

Goal 9:  Begin painting again.

Goal 10:  Take the ESL test and pass it.

I feel pretty good about these.  I can do updates on them each time I blog and I’ll post pictures of the things that are conducive to that so that you can keep up.  For the 26 lb goal, at the end I’ll post before and after pictures.  That’s all she wrote as they say.  🙂

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The Roller Coaster Dieter

You’ve heard of the yo yo dieter.  My life is so up and down that I’m more like a roller coaster dieter. I go through spurts where I feel great and I don’t even like to eat sugary, syrupy things.  Guess what?  I lose weight.  Down the roller coaster I go speeding fast and enjoying the ride, then when a difficult situation arises, that hill that seems insurmountable, my momentum keeps me going a little ways up but then slowly, trudgingly, I get stuck on the hill and slide back down to where I started (maybe that’s where the term backsliding comes from).  What I have to remember in those times is that if I let myself slide too much, I’ll get stuck in that little space between the ride down and the climb up and that’s where it gets really hard to go anywhere.

So, I’ve been thinking.  On a roller coaster, the ride up has a little help behind it.  It has that little clacker thing that attaches to the car and helps it click its way up to the top of the hill again.  I need to find my little clacker in those times.  I think it could be a lot of things, but what is the one thing that could help me get to the top again so that I can enjoy another ride down?

  • encouragement from a friend
  • reading about what others have done (inspiration)
  • taking a break and doing something I enjoy
  • picturing myself as I want to be and focusing on that  http://www.myvirtualmodel.com/en/shopping/weightloss.php
  • get off the scale for awhile and just focus on life
  • find a solution to a problem I am facing

At different times in my life, it could be any one of these things, but more important, what I require is a change of focus, a little spark to ignite that memory of all that I can be and want to be, because in the end, it has to be for me, because I want to do this, because I need to take control of my life and be in charge of who I am.  I’ve maintained the weightloss I’ve had, but it’s time to trudge up that hill and get another exciting ride downward.  Come on!  Let’s Go!