Day 6: Goooooaaaaaaaaallllllllllllll!

I'm pretty sure I'm an off the charts high Type A personality. Actually I'm quite confident that I'm a Type A+. Setting goals is just something that comes very naturally to me. I don't really even think about it. I just must get better. I must do better. I must push forward into the next thing.

Sometimes I hear people who want to get in shape/lose weight/make a positive change in any way say, "I just don't know where to start."

Well, you start with a goal. No. You start with a specific goal. I'm not going to go into the whole SMART goal thing here. Instead, I want you just to think about what you want from life. Who do you want to be? What do you want to do? I believe too many people just throw their hands up and say, "I could never..." and quit before they even scratch the surface of their potential.

I never dreamed that at almost 40 I would be in the best shape of my life, competing in athletic events, and happily married with 2 teen boys.

So, what do you want? Don't say "to lose weight" or "to get in shape" or "to be more awesome." Be specific and set a goal that you can achieve in a few weeks. Think baby steps. Plot those baby steps out and start walking forward.


  1. I was in pretty good shape in my forties. I was walking four miles at least four times a week and doing a boot camp exercise program the other three. Then things started to hurt. A neck and shoulder injury didn't help much either.

    Now, in my fifties, my knees are shot, arthritis is kicking in, and the medication I was taking for fibromyalgia came with a 30 pound (over six months) side affect.

    Take good care of yourself! And if it hurts...I mean really hurts (not like being sore), seek professional advice.

  2. This is such excellent advice about goal setting. I have found much more success in making changes and not falling back into old habits. Thanks for the reminder!


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