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#496: First Monthly Goals -- July

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Although I have lost considerable weight since becoming serious last September, it has been without written monthly goals. Now, to get my loss going again and to jump-start my life in general, I have created goals for July and am committing to them here.

FOOD and EXERCISE

* At least 6 cups of water a day, something that has been difficult for me so far. emoticon emoticon emoticon

* Stay within my calorie range 5-6 days per week. If more, great, if not, then still will have had a successful week. But if I go over, it will not be by much. In other words, no pigging out. emoticon

* Lose two pounds = 1/2 pound per week. emoticon

* Walk on treadmill emoticon for at least one mile three days per week, in addition to mowing the yards and bowling emoticon. Diabetic problems cause my left foot to swell and my back cramps if I'm on my feet too long at a time so this should be workable.

WRITING

* Submit one article/story to a magazine.

* Research and complete one more chapter of one of my mystery books and one page of one of the children's books. emoticon

* Continue planning for book 2 for adult reading students, a charity project that produced 10,000 copies of multiple award-winning book 1.

* Try to arrange breakfast or lunch meeting with a fellow writer/business acquaintance for networking twice per month. emoticon

LIFE

* Explore volunteer opportunities trying to find a good match for my free time. Perhaps Special Olympics bowling. Need something to use the writing skills, teaching a class or join a new writer's group or something.

* Look for additional volunteer opportunities with area police emoticon and fire departments. While there, keep alert for article ideas.

* Continue as a board member of the county's Commission on Aging and the city's Criminal Nuisance Abatement Board.

* Declutter/sort through at least one box of "stuff" per week to help decrease stress of not having space. emoticon

* Get outside for at least 1/2 hour every day emoticon to sit on the porch and read or watch people go by, something other than working in the yards or at the computer.

* Go to bed after the kitchen and bathroom are cleaned to also lessen stress of feeling the house is dirty.

* Hug my two dogs emoticon emoticon and two cats emoticon emoticon daily. This is an easy goal because I already do it. emoticon

Are there more you can suggest? I'm open to ideas. Here's to a successfulJuly for us all emoticon.

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  • MEMORIES7
    I AM NEW TO ALL OF THIS . SO PLEASE HELPME OUT!
    MY NAME IS ROSE AND I AM ON A MISSION TO LOSE 125 POUNDS. I HAVE FOUR CHILDREN THAT DEPEND ON ME EVERY SINGLE DAY AND I HAVE TO BE HEALTHY AND IN GOOD SHAPE. I AM DETERMENED TO SUCCEED! I KNOW YOU ALL CAN TO. I ALWAYS TELL MY KIDS YOU NEVER GIVE UP AND THERE IS NO SUCH WORD AS I CAN'T WE CAN DO ALL THINGS IF WE KEEP OUR EYES ON THE LORD!
    3529 days ago
  • DAWNWATERWOMAN
    Excellent goals my friend. I look forward to reading some of your articles... and your blogs about the upcoming success that I KNOW you are going to have! Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3529 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8063336
    my goodness I'm tired just reading your goals!!

    CONGRATULATIONS!!>
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    3530 days ago
  • MALEXANDER4
    Your goals are awesome. I think you should have no trouble meeting them this coming month. Your so much and inspiration to me and I so look forward to your blogs. Thank you.
    3531 days ago
  • BOVEY63
    Awesome goals Lou!
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    Have a wonderful 4th of July weekend and month ahead!
    3531 days ago
  • PENNYAN45
    I especially like your goals that are related to eating. They seem very achievable - and fairly easy to live with. That is the best way to do it for the long haul!

    Happy 4th to you!

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    3532 days ago
  • TEMPEST272002
    Writing those goals done is a good way to show yourself that you're serious. With the water, I like to drink iced herbal teas - especially lemon/mint ones.

    Thanks for the 24-1 comment you made on my blog - always good to get a little reality check. Helpled me put things in better perspective.
    3532 days ago
  • MOMMA_BEAR_69
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    3533 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    I think you have very Do-able goals and I know for sure emoticon
    3533 days ago
  • LIBBYFITZ
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    3533 days ago
  • HIKETOHEIGHTS
    I already responded with spontaneity & my response did not make it to your blog. So now to recall what I already wrote, I liked how well written your blog is, I suggested you could write my goals out for me.
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    I bought these little packets at the bargain store that flavor my water & add electrolytes. Perhaps that will help with the water. Have you tried that?
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    3533 days ago
  • WALKINGSPARK
    I like to put goals and things in writing also. It sounds good!! You Can Do It!! Just take things slow and easy and be careful.

    Wendy
    3533 days ago
  • LESLIES537
    I love your goals!! I find that when I write down my goals for the month, I'm much more likely to hit them. There's just something about putting it in writing. Best of luck! I know you're going to do GREAT! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3533 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6400103
    Love your goals!!
    3533 days ago
  • YATMAMA
    Excellent goals, Lou!! Structure and accountability are surefire ingredients for a major victory!

    Please, please, PLEASE wear sturdy shoes EVERY time you get on that treadmill and do not forget the clippy thing. Ever. (Surely I've shared my treadmill story with you, right?)
    3533 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8301081
    Sounds like you have an excellent plan. emoticon
    3533 days ago
  • TASSIAAGA
    Keep on with it! Fantastic goals! Pretty similar to my own, especially the writing ones :) Good luck! emoticon
    3533 days ago
  • MOMMA_LITTLE
    Very well-thought out goals, Lou! I think you can do them all, too! emoticon
    3533 days ago
  • SAPHRAEL
    Thank you for reminding me that today is the last day of June! It's time to look ahead to July!

    Your food and exercise goals all seem achievable. I like that you give yourself a day or two of forgiveness on the calorie counting. I tend to be so critical when I fail, I would've been better off not tracking.

    it sounds like you intend to stay very busy. Make sure you get in that half hour of lounging outside. You'll need it!
    3533 days ago
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