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Goals for 2016

To 2016 and keeping our New Years Resolution! Yes, I’m choosing to remain positive! I don’t care about the statistics of failure to uphold new year’s resolutions because this is about me, an individual, who is going to try to continue to better herself in 2016. To everyone who can look back from 2014 to 2015 and see a slight change for the better- you succeeded! You did not fail!

Starting fresh is an option. It is always an option. It’s biblical! It doesn’t matter how impossible others think it is (many people doubted my ability to climb all the 14ers), it doesn’t matter how old you are or how young or how inexperienced you are! You can change; and for that matter, it doesn’t have to be a new year. You can start fresh, every day of the year. But for any goal and if you want to see change, you need hope. Even if it’s small, it can blossom into a fierce flame. For me, the tiniest, most faint sense of hope got me out of the tight grasp of ED and now I have climbed mountains and have made it my mission to help others with this disease! Talk about a 180+!

I think it’s also important to look at all aspects of your life, every piece of your pie. It’s typical to think about our weight, and it’s typical to think about money, but don’t forget about improving your spiritual, leisure and fun, career, physical wellness, friendships, family relationships, character, and whatever else you find important.

It’s also important to make sure your goals are S.M.A.R.T. This stands for specific, measurable, attractive, realistic and timely. I used this acronym all the time with my clients when I was a personal trainer. It helped me be a better trainer, and it helped goals actualize.

  • Example of being specific: I want to fit into my size 6 jeans. Not specific: I want to lose weight.
  • Example of measurable: I want to run a 5k. Not measurable: I want to start running.
  • Attractive: This refers to the WHY and it has to be extremely motivating.
  • Realistic: Do you have the finances, support, time etc to make this happen?
  • Timely: Put a time limit on it. If it’s a 2016 goal, you are already giving yourself a year, but try to be more specific then that. Example: I want to run a 5k in June.

After you’ve done this, it’s important to break your goals down into smaller steps so you have an exact plan on how you will achieve your goal. If you wanted to run a race, you would need to figure out how often you would be running during the week and how you would ensure that you had the time to do so.

With that being said, here are my “goals” for the “New Year of 2016”:

  1. I want to grow closer in my relationship with God because I know that when I am close with him, I have a better sense of overall well-being and can offer those around me the fruits of the spirit which is important because my sole goal on earth is to bring others to know the Love of Christ. I will do this by:
    1. Pray every day.
    2. Listen to one chapter a night of the bible before I sleep.
    3. Read Jesus Calling every day.
    4. Go to church most Sundays (2-3 times a month).
    5. Go to fellowship group every week (outside of school).
  2. Continue my efforts against my Eating Disorder (ED).
    1. Continue to blog at least once a month.
    2. Watch for red flags.
    3. Get help when help is needed.
    4. Talk openly with family and friends.
    5. Consider options that arise for advocacy.
  3. Enjoy winter so that I can make it here in Minnesota and stay close to my family and friends and avoid depression.
    1. Go snowshoeing at least 3 times.
    2. Go ice-skating at least once.
    3. Go cross-country skiing at least 3 times.
    4. Go snowboarding once this year.
  4. Get all A’s in school, especially this spring semester so that I can easily be accepted into nursing school.
    1. Prioritize school over social activities and even family activities.
  5. Run a half marathon at the Grandma’s event in June because it will keep me on track with getting regular exercise which ultimately helps my mood and confidence.
    1. Stick to the schedule I have made on the fridge.
  6. Run Across Colorado with Venture.org in June because I want to do something that serves a greater purpose than myself.
    1. Stick to the schedule I have made on the fridge.
  7. Run the Twin Cities Marathon in October to check off another item on my bucket list and keep me focused on regular exercise.
    1. Stick to the schedule I have made on the fridge.
  8. Get a budget so that I can get an SUV so that I can do the things that I love with this type of vehicle.
    1. Stick to the budget made and encourage free forms of entertainment.
  9. Develop a closer relationship with my niece and nephew because I want my niece and nephew to know how loved they are by me.
    1. Create a night/day for just Avery and I.
    2. Offer to babysit at least once a month outside of Avery and I’s day.

I’m sure I’ll develop more goals as I go- especially once the summer hits and then I’ll have all kinds of fun activities I’ll want to do! It’s also important to remember to strive for perfection, but not to get down on yourself when things don’t go according to plan. It’s the forward movement and the character that’s built during the process that’s far more important than the actual achievement of the goal! It’s about the journey, not the destination!

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About Kristina

Adventuring Christian woman climbed 55 mountains in 87 days to help overcome her eating disorder. She has now blogged about the entire journey and will continue to blog to raise awareness about eating disorders. She hopes she will inspire others to get help, explore their faith, and chase after the life they were intended to live.

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