Happy New Year!

Yes, I know New Year’s Day was last week, but today is the first Monday of the year, and that is close enough for me.

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions any more. Haven’t in several years. I just can’t seem to keep them more than a few weeks anyway. This year is no different, no resolutions, but I have decided to set some goals for various areas of my life. Your goals do not in any way have to start at the beginning of a new year, month or week. It just seems that this time of year I have a little more time to reflect on my life and purpose. I will be posting about each of my goals over the next few weeks. Some will be year specific and some may not be. All my goals will the based on the SMART goal philosophy. SMART goals have been proven to be more attainable. So what is a SMART goal? I won’t go into a full description as there are many online guides and many books on the subject, but here is a snap shot:

S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Attainable
R – Relevant
T – Time Specific

A good first step in learning about SMART goals is checking out my good friend, Michael Hyatt’s blog posts on the subject.

My first goal is the most obvious, if you personally know me or you have seen my picture. 99.9% of everyone’s first impression of me has to be, “My God, he needs to lose weight!” And, 99.9% of you would be absolutely 100% right! Believe me, I have tried!

I was named the Fat Kid when I started first grade. My most vivid memory from grade school was the embarrassment of being served salads, fruit and water, while the rest of classmates were being served pizza, cookies and chocolate milk. (Thanks Mom! She meant well.) Since then I have been on most every diet out there. I have been prodded with needles, shocked and hypnotized. Some worked for a while, but I always failed for one reason or another. Now, in my fifties, I am known as the Fat Old Fart, when they are being kind. Today I am sick and tired of being sick, tired and fat. Thus my first SMART goal.

On December 31st 2015, I will be the healthiest I have been in years, weighing in at 210 pounds, having lost an average of 2 pounds per week through out the year, from the results of diet and exercise.

This goal is Specific as it states exactly what is expected. It is Measurable weekly by weighing in and Attainable by losing an easy 2 pound average each week. It is Relevant as it is suddenly and increasingly important to me as I get older, to improve my health. If I live to see grand-kids, I want them to know me as the crazy old man that visits all the time, chases them around the yard, teaches them to throw a ball, to hunt, and to fish; not the the old man in the wheel chair that they visit once or twice a year. It is Time specific in that is has a goal completion date.

I will post my results weekly. You, my readers, keep me accountable. Bust my balls if I fall behind in posting or my numbers are heading in the wrong direction.

In my next post I will give another goal which is also health related. It will probably sound a lot like this one.

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