My friend IRL Deedra has started a great challenge over at her blog, NSpiredbyFaith. The basic idea is to set goals towards a better you and have a community of accountability and encouragement to help you meet them. Some goals may be health-oriented, others spiritually motivated. Every girl knows the areas she needs improvement!
My personal goals are these:
1. Stepping up in the area of study and writing. I want to set aside periods of time each day where this is my focus. Now obviously this will fluctuate depending upon my life at the time, but a girl has to have a goal to meet it!
We’ve had houseguests this week so I have failed miserably in this area…but watch out Monday! :) As for our company? If you are lucky, and I mean lucky in a ‘God opened the sky and blessed me for no good reason’ sense, then you have friends/mentors who raise the bar for you, who make you want to be better, and fan to flame the call of God on your life. Chuck and Julie are some of those friends for me and Luke and these few days with them and their precious kids have easily been the highlight of my year! We have not seen them since 1999 though we have remained in touch. I can’t wait to tell you all about it…but that’s for another post..
My Goal for next Friday? Finish my NT term paper and final exam. BTW – I made a 90 on my second exam. Not as good as the 100 on my first one, but it covered 11 units of study versus 4 so I’ll take it! It is still an A! :)
2. Walking/Running 5 days per week – Check! Walking with a girlfriend is so cathartic. I walked with Deedra and Jenny a few days and Julie joined me on Thursday. If you possibly have opportunity to start your day with a prayer walk and praise/worship music, I promise you will be the better woman for it. Weight loss is not my ultimate goal here, but I am excited to say since I started this I have lost 5 lbs! :)
Goal this week? Keep it up with the 5 day walk/run but run more. I am up to running at least 2 miles of my 4 miles. I do this in intervals but I can tell my endurance is getting much better and even though I am not losing tons of weight, I can see some muscle tone returning. I also am going to add an ab workout three days per week.
3. More water, less Diet Coke *sigh* – I actually went on a Diet Coke fast last Saturday and was absolutely dizzy/drunk all day long. So, my diagnosis? Diet Coke must be good for me, else I wouldn’t feel so yucky when I quit drinking it! For now, I am trying to limit it to 2 a day. I’ve done pretty well here and I am drinking much more water which I absolutely hate but I suppose I’ll survive.
Goal for this week? Continue with 2 DC’s a day…choke down water when possible….
4. Be showered and dressed each day by 10 am. Now unless you are a SAHM, you have no idea what a feat this really is. Especially in the summer when your house if full of kids begging for little things like food and affection. I know from FlyLady example that I feel much more ready to tackle the day when I can answer the door or greet my husband for lunch in something other than my sweaty walking clothes.
Have done pretty well here too, but mostly again because company was here….it is 11 today and I am ready except waiting on my pants to dry..:)
I hope you are setting your goals and attaining them…..I also pray that we put as much emphasis on our spiritual fitness as physical fitness. I am so proud of Deedra for setting this example!
Have a great weekend!
Lisa your goals are great and Congrats on the 90 on your exam. You rock!!! Happy Friday and have a fun weekend.
Go girl in Jesus’ persevering and victorious name!!!
I had a question – that I’m sure if I’d been along on ALL of these 100 posts, I would already know, but I haven’t b/c I’m rather a ‘newbie’ to your blog. What are you studying? Is it online? I’m off to seminary in August (AHHH!!) and was just interested! I have no idea how you manage studying with a blog with a family with you and more! lol
“I actually went on a Diet Coke fast last Saturday and was absolutely dizzy/drunk all day long. So, my diagnosis? Diet Coke must be good for me, else I wouldn’t feel so yucky when I quit drinking it!” Isn’t that how people with, let’s just say, “stronger” addictions feel when they quit cold turkey? ;o)He,he.
I admire you with the walking thing. I made a goal to do that this summer, but I just can’t seem to drag myself out of bed!! I’ve got to do SOMETHING though–I feel so ‘soft’ since that second child was born. I don’t even want to think about what I’d be if I had four! You inspire me!
I just have to get excited with you….I’ve lost 22 lbs since April- YAY! Of course, I must give credit to God- a lot of praying went into it (like, help me not to eat that cookie!)
My goal is 50- I hope I can make it- AND keep it off! (I’ve been going to Curves for almost a year).
Lisa, I must admit that while you and Julie were walking together and Dee and I were walking, we both agreed that we were glad that we did not have to ‘keep up’ with you! heehee I know you are excited about getting into better shape and building up your endurance. Normally, I would look at someone like you and think “if I looked like that…..I would have all the Diet Cokes I wanted!” But, big or small, skinny or tall all girls have a need to better themselves in a way that they can feel positive about! Therefore, I am excited for you too! You are such an inspiration to me fitting ‘fitness’ time into your crazy dayz! Keep up the good work!
I wish I had a walking buddy. One to drag me out the door. This central air in the US makes me want to stay inside!!!
You are doing great on the walking/running. I can totally relate with you on the Diet Coke, only my problem is with Dr. Pepper. Good luck with drinking more water. I need to do that, too.
WTG on your second exam
And i pray you do well with your NT term paper and final exam.
Go for it girl
Great job on the walking/running Lisa! I am looking forward to eventually adding in some running, but as you know from walking with me at my snails pace, …it will be a while! Thank you so much for your encouragement, and your participation in Fit4Life! Good luck with your goals this week,…I know you can do it!
to add to Jenny’s comment…We don’t have to keep up with you since you so kindly walk at our pace! You guys were moving around that track…warp speed!! You Go girl!
Quick comment…just have to agree about the coke thing except mine is Dr.Pepper. Your an inspiration I joined the Fit4life and almost wanted to just copy your goals for this week but I guess I need to do my own but yours really did sound like mine…well maybe no running but walking really fast with a dog that would like to run!
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