Eat. Live. Be. For a Better 2011: Goals

| January 3, 2011 | 15 Comments

A little while back, I was chatting with Cate online one night — as we often do — when we realized that we both had the same health goal: to lose 40 pounds. After talking about it a little bit, we decided to try losing it together — with a little edge of competition. First one to lose it all gets a gift card to their favorite store (I suspect that we both may choose J. Crew).

The more we talked about the idea though, the more we thought, “Hey! Let’s blog about it. And heck, let’s see if other bloggers with their own healthy goals want to join us.”  Everything spiraled into a fabulous plan from there.

So, each week we’ll all be writing about the same writing prompt (Basically a question that we can all write about in terms of our goals. This week is What’s Your Goal? Next week is Where is Your Support Community? And so on …) that focuses on some aspect of improving yourself. And we’ll also be sharing our progress along the way. There is no end date for this — we’re just on a necessary and welcome journey together.

What’s Your Goal?

This week’s topic is goals — specifically what our health-related goals are for this year. Here are mine:

  1. Lose 40 lbs – This is a big one. And it wouldn’t be effective without a plan, so of course I have one. I will be exercising at least 10 minutes each day. I plan to eat better — not necessarily less, but better. And I plan to lean on my community (as in my fellow bloggers for this challenge) to help keep me on track.
  2. Save More, Spend Less – I know, I know … what does this have to do with health? A lot actually. I spend a lot of money on food — not just takeout and eating out, but also at the grocery store. I plan to cut back. Use coupons again. Menu plan to ensure that we are buying only what we need.
  3. Be Happier – In the past year, I have come to realize that happiness is a decision. You can get sidelined by stress, rolled over by little things, and pissed off by the small stuff. Or you can take it in stride — a few cleansing breaths and move on. Cate refers to this as “being like a duck, and let it roll off you.” So, I plan to do a lot of quacking. I am making the decision to be happy.

StartingPhoto---200-widthThe Starting Point

I’ve debated about how best to share my starting point with you. Should I share my actual weight, which makes me cringe? Should I give you something else — measurements of my waist, arms, etc?

Ultimately though, I decided to go visual. I mean, anyone can look at numbers and formulate their own mental picture, but visual will give you a concrete idea of where I am now and where I am in four weeks and so on.

On the last Friday of the month, Cate and I will be sharing our progress. As part of that, I will give you a concrete number of pounds lost. … And another photo.

Tune in next Monday when the Eat. Live. Be. bloggers write about where they find support in their healthy journey. You can also learn a little more about how I am going to do by visiting my post, A Healthier 2011, on Tablespoon.

And finally, be sure to check out the other Eat. Live. Be. For a Better 2011 bloggers on their blogs and on our Facebook page. Cheers!

Category: Healthy Life

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Sarah Walker Caron is a freelance writer, editor and recipe developer. Her work has appeared in countless online and print publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Connecticut with her two kids, two beagles and husband.

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  1. Val from PA says:

    Your goals are very similar to mine… “Save More, Spend Less” is a big one for me… Sometimes I find my family of 5 has 7-8 boxes of cereal open at a time! And inevitably, I’m always throwing away the last few slices of bread, the last few crackers, half a container of lunchmeat that is past it’s prime, leftovers that never got eaten… I feel like I’m throwing away hundreds of dollars worth of food each year, not to mention how bad I feel that there are starving children out there who would love to eat the stuff that I throw away! So, I vow to do better with that this year!

    Happy New Year!! And best of luck to you with your resolutions!

  2. feener says:

    excellent. i know i need to do my post and stuff….will get to it sorry !!!

  3. Jen_from_NJ says:

    The challenge is such a great idea to keep everyone motivated. Your goals are fantastic! Best wishes for a wonderful 2011!

  4. Casey says:

    Yay! So excited for this challenge. Great start, Sarah!

  5. Claudia says:

    Grand goals – that are all do-able. I am tired of running from the camera and laid down the gauntlet in November deciding if I could lose weight or at least maintain over the holidays, I could do it the rest of the year. It’s been a great booster.

  6. patsyk says:

    I am looking forward to all of us supporting each other to meet our goals. Great start!

  7. You can do this!! I’ll be cheering you on :)

  8. Good luck and I will be stopping to check in!

  9. Joanne says:

    I’m so excited to be taking this journey with you Sarah! You’ve got some seriously awesome goals and I know we’ll all make it through together!

  10. FireMom says:

    I love your idea of the full length photo. I’ll be stealing it whenever my husband and I are home at the same time. LOL

    Excited to be in the challenge with you!

  11. claire says:

    I love the Save/Spend goal. I like using coupons but most of the ones I find are not items that I buy regularly! Oh, well. Like I mentioned elsewhere…even cleaning can be exercise…so, you’re going to do great!

  12. Excellent and totally attainable goals … go us!! Or make that TEAM CATE!

  13. Chris says:

    Yup…me too….love the full length photo. I was at the gym today and was not a happy camper when my trainer had me in front of the full wall mirror. Made me work harder, though! :) Excited about this! Cheering you on!

  14. Kristen says:

    See – I think you were more brave putting a picture out there! I’m not that brave, yet ;)

  15. allison says:

    You can do this! I am tackling the save/spend goal so, I look forward to any tips you have to share.

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