Healthy Habit #2: Make God-honoring, SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely) goals.
As I enter Week Two of the Winter 5% Challenge (this week is all about blogging about healthy habits), I want to honor God as I continue to care for his creation (Rom 12:1 and 1 Cor 6:19-20) while I lose ten more pounds to reach a healthy BMI and about 25 pounds to reach a 22-23 BMI range.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (AMP)
(19) Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You are not your own, (20) You were bought with a price [purchased with a [a]preciousness and paid for, [b]made His own]. So then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body.1 Cor 6:19-20
Building God-honoring goals (my March 7, 2012 blog) incorporates the following strategies:
1) Believe (Mark 10:27 and Philippians 4:13),
2) Wait (Ps 27:14),
3) Write (Hab 2:2 and Is 30:8),
4) Partner (Ecc 4:9-12),
5) Change (Ephesians 4:22-24, John 8:10-11, Proverbs 23:29-3), and
6) Follow-through (Proverbs 22:13-15)
Incorporating SMART goals into the mix brings me to my goals for the next two months to regain my healthy habits:
FAITH: Spend 15 minutes daily in the study of God’s word, knit two prayer shawls or lap robes, and honor God by making faith an active verb. Here's the lap robe I gave to church last Tuesday:
FAMILY and FRIENDS: Spend quality time (be present) with family and friends weekly. Listen better. Contribute heartily to the weekly healthy living challenges (daily participation within very good numbers). Following is a photograph of Dad and I enjoying a recent lunch at Maggies in Bayfield, Wisconsin:
FOOD: Daily: Track, eat six or more freggies, drink 12+ waters, meet 4-7 recommend levels of: calories, fat, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, calcium, and sodium. Here's the Dr Oz recipe I recently made for Creamy Zucchini Fries:
FITNESS: Track and average 60+ minutes daily. Sleep 7-9 hrs a night six days a week. Here my friend Gloria and I hiked Pattison Falls State Park a couple weeks ago:
FUN: Do something fun at least three times weekly. Below, I so enjoy the critters who come to feed outside my front window.
I don't know of anyone's program or set of goals that doesn't need a "reboot" every now and then. For me, this means changing things up a bit and making new again the healthy habits I learned had worked. I continue to remain a work in progress and a life-long learner.
What's your favorite strategy in developing goals?