Make your 2015 goals smart

I really enjoyed reading this post about SMART goals and I thought I would share it with all of you.

Make your 2015 goals smart.

 

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Weekly Weigh In

scaleSurgery has been successful so far.  Swelling has gone down.  My skin at the site on my wrist will remain tender and I still have quite a bit of bruising that needs to go away.  Most of the bruising is yellow with touches of green except in my palm where there are still some dark blue areas.  Bruises will be gone within a week.

Stats for this week:

  • Starting weight: 191 lbs (9/7/2014)
  • Today: 154.5 lbs (12/10/2014)
  • Loss to date: 36.5 lbs
  • Remaining: 25.5 lbs

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Weekly Weigh In

realI did great over Thanksgiving.  We ate at my In-Laws and I only had turkey, a small salad, and broccoli.  What I think killed my weight this week was drinking less water (I was out-of-town and it was much harder to drink water) and surgery on my left wrist.  I am still swollen from the surgery and I will just have to be patient until the swelling goes down.  In the meantime, here are my stats.

Stats for this week:

  • Starting weight: 191 lbs
  • Today: 160 lbs (11/26/2014)
  • Loss to date: 31 lbs
  • Remaining: 30 lbs

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God

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I am grateful to God.  He has blessed me with a wonderful family, good friends, a roof over our heads, and food to eat on our table.  He has watched over me when I have made foolish choices, and has forgiven me for my sins.  I thank him for his sacrifice of his only son so that our sins can be forgiven.

May God bless you and keep you in his arms.

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Life

thanksI am grateful for the life I have been given.  I am fortunate that we have a roof over our heads and food to eat.  I am fortunate that my husband makes enough money to allow me to stay at home with my sons.  I am grateful for my parents and my in-laws who have influenced our lives in countless ways.  My life is full and I have been blessed.

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Rule of 4

thanksChristmas has become too commercial in our house.  In an effort to stem the tidal wave of “I wants” we instigated what I call the Rule of 4.  Each child receives 4 gifts.  One they want, one they need, one to wear, and one to read.  We usually only ask our kids for a list of appropriate gift items to give to their Grandparents.  They still enjoy shopping for our kids, but at age 12 & 14, but are uncertain about what they would like.  Gift cards are great as always, but Grandparents really want to see them open a gift.

This year the items to wear and read will be fairly simple.  Our youngest gets cold easily and our oldest (being a crazy teenager) will play soccer outside in any weather.  Both will get cold weather gear to wear under their clothing.  Reading material is easier this year as my oldest is into survival/wilderness books and my youngest is enjoying creating computer games using Scratch Programming.  Both subjects are found on Amazon for easy purchasing.

Needs and wants are a bit different.  They often choose what they want, but we choose what they need.  This year will be iPad mini’s.  I am using Quizlet to help them study for the classes that they are struggling in and there is a Quizlet App available in the App Store.  I am typing up information for each class.  They then get to use the program to study (flash card mode) and to practice taking quizzes in different formats.  We have already seen an improvement in my oldest sons grades just from using Quizlet for one weekend.  The mini’s will enable us to have them do more studying while we are traveling and it provides something my son with ADD actually pays more attention to.  I am also hoping to find videos in the subjects they are struggling with.  Wants are the one item that we pick off the kids Christmas lists.

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Wednesday Weigh In

turkeyHappy Thanksgiving!  This year we went to my In-Laws for Thanksgiving.  I had already decided that I was going to just eat turkey, salad, and whatever non saucy vegetable they offered.  Other than having a second helping of a small piece of turkey (about 2 oz.) I stuck to my plan.  My MIL was nice enough to make sugar-free jello for me for dessert.  I didn’t feel deprived because I didn’t have mashed potatoes, bread or sweet potato casserole.  I felt full and we had a great time with my husbands parents.  I couldn’t ask for better In-Laws.  They raised a wonderful, caring, and giving son who I am very fortunate to have met and married.

Stats for this week:

  • Starting weight: 191 lbs
  • Today: 159 lbs (11/26/2014)
  • Loss to date: 32 lbs
  • Remaining: 29 lbs

Can you believe that I am less than 30 lbs from my goal weight!  I am so thrilled with the results I have gotten from TSFL/Medifast.  My success is due to many factors.

  1. I am ready to change how I eat.  I have changed my view on food.  I view it as fuel and not as a treat because I had a bad or good day.  I am not going to eat food in response to my emotions, I am going to eat when I need to.  I have also learned that I need to fill my plate halfway with vegetables, 1/4 with protein and the last quarter for an optional food.
  2. I changed “I can’t” eat that to “I don’t” eat that.  It’s not that a certain food is forbidden for me to eat. (We all know how forbidden foods lead to craving.)  It’s that I don’t eat that.  Just as I can’t eat dairy and acidic foods due to my chrons, I don’t eat foods that aren’t healthy at every meal.
  3. Support from my TSFL Coach Sara and from my friends and family.  Support has been invaluable to me.  Sara answers any questions I have and has offered lean & green meal ideas.  She also makes sure I have a plan in place for upcoming holidays. My family and friends aren’t bringing over cookies and cakes.  None of them pressure me to eat more or to just take a bit.  They have been my cheerleaders and I love them for helping me.
  4. I have a plan.  With less than 30 lbs to go until I reach goal, I am already planning for my maintenance step.  I am using Plan to Eat and I am creating a new recipe book that will no longer have heavy carb recipes.  I already know carbs (bread and pasta are my kryptonite) trigger binge eating for me.

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