Goal Busters

What are goal busters?  I’ve been thinking about this a lot this week because now that I’m committed to writing this blog and keeping to my 6 month goals, I want to be ready for any goal busters that come my way.  Here’s a few to look out for:

  1. Apathy:  Apathy is when you just say to yourself, “Who cares?  Why should I care?  No one else does.”  So, what do you do? You leave your goals on the sofa with a bag of chips and the remote and do whatever you want.  Apathy is a way to give up and blame someone else in the process.  STAY AWAY FROM APATHY!
  2. Procrastination:  Procrastination says, “Today I’m going to do what I want.  I’ll get back to my goals tomorrow.”  Boy am I guilty of this one.  After all, I’m 50 years old and still tackling my weight problem.
  3. Laziness:  Laziness says, “I’m too tired.  I’ve already worked hard enough.  I don’t feel like it today.”  Not that you don’t need some days when you can just sit back and relax, but when laziness becomes a habit it turns into procrastination and you end up fat, fifty and frustrated.  Oops, was that too strong?  lol
  4. Nay Sayers:  Avoid Nay Sayers at all cost.  These are the people in your life that offer you donuts when they know you’ve sworn off sugar.  They don’t really believe you’re committed to your goals so they don’t even try to help you achieve them.  They also make excuses for you to quit.  They say, “I like you just the way you are.  Don’t work so hard.”  Maybe they’re trying to be nice, but it’s not very helpful.
  5. Depression:  Whenever I get depressed, it’s usually because I haven’t met my goal or I’ve gone backward in my goal, or sometimes an event in my life changes my perspective and leads me down the path to depression.  Depression causes you to devalue yourself or the life you’ve chosen to lead.  Guess where your goals go then?  Down the tubes because we tend to throw the baby out with the bath water.  My life sucks, therefore I don’t need any goals.  Terrible thinking and terrible reasoning.  When you become depressed look to your goals to bring you back up on the path to feeling better about yourself.

I hope that when I get to these points in my goal walk, that I look back at this post and remember the goal busters and stand strong against their evil forces.  You can too.  Don’t let the goal busters control you.  You control your life.  After all, it’s yours to live.

And now for an update:

This week I lost 3.5 lbs!  Yea!  I’m back on track.  That makes 5 lbs altogether since I started.

I have been walking, but not as much as I was.  I need to improve this goal and add drink more water as a side goal.

I’ve been wearing my make up to work.  I had two presentations last week and two people commented on how nice my hair looked.  Check!

My car and countertop have remained clean.  I’m amazed at how attentive I’ve become to these two places.

Still no progress on my closet.  This seems to be my most difficult goal.  I CAN DO IT!  Get away from me procrastination!

My care package goes out on Monday.  It’s all ready to go.  I hope she enjoys it.

I found a pattern and will begin sewing this week.  I figure I can do a couple of bags a week.

I didn’t read the NT this week.  I’ll have to get back on that this week.

I found a painting challenge I like and will begin by taking some pictures of objects by candlelight.

Haven’t signed up for the esl test yet, but will plan for it when I get back from Boston.

Cheers to all of you out there in the blogosphere!  Good luck with your goals this week and don’t give in to the goal busters!

 

And Then the Bottom Fell Out!

I didn’t want to even blog today because I’m so disappointed in myself!  I guess disappointments come, but when you feel like the whole bottom fell out it’s hard to get back on your feet.  Actually, I think this blog is helping me to do just that.  I feel an obligation and commitment to blogging every week about my struggles and triumps so what choice do I have until December 25?

Ok, so here goes–I GAINED 2 LBS THIS WEEK!!!!  That’s right.  I gained 2 lbs.  Arghhhh!  I’m sure my summertime addiction to ice cream isn’t helping.  “But I’ve been walking.”  She whines. “I even went swimming with Bruno and then went walking afterward!”  So, here’s my frustrated face:

Oh, she’s really frustrated!

Well, I can be proud of a few things.  I’m still keeping my counter top in my bathroom clean and organized.  AND…I’ve cleaned out my car.  I mean I REALLY cleaned it.  I washed all the surfaces including the carpet, dashboard, steering wheel and seats.  I tried to hit every crevice.  I’ve added this to my keep it clean goal.  I drove to a training the other day and even my friends commented on how clean my car looked.  That ought to give you an idea of what it used to look like.  No picture.  It would be too embarrassing.  lol

I’ve also continued with my Bible reading.  This week I read Matthew Chapter 2.  It struck me that God came to people so many times in their dreams–5 times just in chapter 2.  I think God does this with us too, often to help us solve a problem or to help us feel secure in a situation.  I’ve seen every house I’ve ever lived in 3 or 4 years before we lived there in my dreams.  It’s interesting to me that it comes as such a surprise to me every time it happens.  I’ve recently had another dream about a new house (I guess it will be 3 or 4 years down the road) so I’m keeping it in my heart until the time comes.  Now, I’m not a person who writes down every dream I have or reads things into dreams, but maybe I need to be more aware when my dreams seem very prominent or real to me.  Something to think about anyway.

I had to work 2 days this week and I put on make up and did my hair both days.  Ok, so the next day when I went out with friends, I didn’t wear make up, but I DID wear it to work.  😀

And now for a few downers.  I still haven’t started painting.  I want to.  I really do.  I just can’t seem to get inspired.

I didn’t sew any bags for my husband’s business.  I did, in fact, look for the pattern, but couldn’t find it.  I think I’ve figured out where it is and will go and buy it this week.

As for my closet–it’s a MESS!  I don’t even want to go in there much less sort anything out.  I know I need to make myself, but the task just seems too arduous.  This is my #1 goal to begin this week.  Does moving clothes around on top of the dryer count as sorting them out?  If that counts, I’m way ahead of the game.  Ok, I know it doesn’t count, but that’s where I’m at right now with this chore.

I guess there’s a moral in all of this, but I’m too exhausted (and frustrated) to care.  Let me know if you come up with a good one.

Green for Go!

I’ve got busy and am keeping up with my goals–well, most of them.  🙂  I really do plan to finish them before Christmas.  Anyway, Green for Go!  You know the rest.

Goal 1: Lose 26 lbs by Christmas.

I lost another pound this week.  I think my binge horned in on my progress, but as I said baby steps.  That’s 4 lbs gone that were hanging around on my hips and belly.  Do I look skinny yet?  Absolutely not, but I feel better.

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

Feel good about my mile a day progress.  Yesterday I took my dog, Bruno, geocaching at the local lake park.  Oh my goodness!  I think we must’ve covered 4 miles.  We were both exhausted and thirsty.  He took a dive in the lake to cool off.  I took a bath when I got home. 

My favorite dog in the whole world.

 

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.)

I went and prepared to teach a class this week and guess what?  I did my hair and make-up.  Oh yeah, I even wore lipstick.  I think my principal was even impressed.  She didn’t say anything, but her face told the story.  🙂

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.)

My countertops are still clear and free of debris!

Goal 5:  Clean out the closet and get rid of all the clothes I no longer wear or are the wrong size.

Haven’t begun this yet.  I’m so disappointed in myself.  *she shakes her head and sighs

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

I’ve decided to send my friend some Oatmeal White Chocolate Cherry Cookies with a package of Hot Chocolate from R & R BEAN.  MMMMM

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.)

*Again she hangs her head in shame and sighs.  Actually, I need a new pattern.  Mine’s all crumpled and torn.

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

I’ve got my journal and I’ve read Matthew Chapter 1.  What I noticed most is that what Joseph had planned, was not what God had planned, but because Joseph was obedient, God saved the entire world.

Cute right?

Goal 9: Begin painting again.

Another walk of shame…

Goal 10: Take the ESL test and pass it.

I’ve taken the 2 day course, but haven’t signed up for the test yet.

This week I’m challenging myself to eliminate most of the red from my goals and, I’m challenging you to set your own goals.  When I’ve had a difficult day, I look at my goals and say to myself, “This is what you’re fighting for.  DON’T GIVE UP!!!”

Pilgrim’s Progress

Since today is Saturday, I figured it’s time to update you on my progress. Here are the goals for you again with an explanation of progress.

Goal 1: Lose 26 lbs by Christmas.

I lost 3 lbs this week!  Only 23 more to go.  That being said, I also binged on candy, potato chips and icecream all day after that.  Yeah, I know, self-destructive.  Plus, I felt horrible the next morning all achey and sore all over.  But, I’m getting right back to it!

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

I haven’t started this program yet, but I have started walking my dog 1 mile in the morning, and one mile at night.  Baby steps for me when it comes to running, but I feel glad about the 2 miles a day.

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.)

I haven’t really started back to work yet, so no make-up yet.  Officially I go back the third week in August.

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.)

Ok, here’s where you’re going to see some pictures.  I decided to start with my bathroom.  I got out my Martha Stewart “How to Clean Your House” book–Yes I really have that thick volume–and read all about how to take care of the bathroom.  Here are the before and after pictures of my counter top. 

Counter-top Before

Countertop Now Counter-top Now

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

I haven’t begun this daunting task yet, but I plan to begin this week.  Ugggh!

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

My friend recently lost her mother, so for my July niceity, I’d like to do something for her.  She lives several states away from me.  Any suggestions?

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.)

No progress yet.  No excuses either.  🙂

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

I’ve been looking for just the right journal and haven’t found one, but soon, very soon. 

Goal 9: Begin painting again.

Not Yet

Goal 10: Take the ESL test and pass it.

I’ve taken the 2 day course, but haven’t signed up for the test yet.

All in all, I’ve felt very good about the beginnings of these goals.  Sort of like a pilgrim I guess.  I just think it’s too bad it took me 50 years to get here.  I want to reach the destination before it becomes just a dream.  After all, a dream is a wish your heart makes.  And my heart is pushing me forward.