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Fighting the Darkness in 2017

Monday, January 09, 2017

It's a new year and while everyone is in the middle of trying to accomplish their resolutions, I've done my annual goal list. I spend a lot of time thinking that eventually leads up to sitting down with a pen and paper to start writing out goals I would like to meet during the new year. I make goals that fall under different categories: Running Goals Physical health/Food Mental health Family Spiritual After I have them written down, I then begin to put down HOW I can meet those, including my overall plan. I noticed this year I kept coming back to my mental health... it's been a hard winter, particularly the last two weeks of December, so all of my goals are in connection with fighting my depression. This last week has included the beginning of training for a spring half marathon, so I've been really active exercising three of those days. I have cut back on junk and upped my fruits and veggies. I decided I need to cut back on my diet soda (typically two a day) to once a week... I'm on day 8 of no soda and it's getting easier to say, "no". Making more time for me(running, hot baths, etc.). Playing lots of music that lifts my mood, and spending more time in prayer. The last week has been fantastic. I have felt more energetic, enjoyed more of my time with our little family, and I've been in a better overall mood. I got 8.5 miles under my belt in a five day span, no soda in over a week, I am down four pounds, and am just plain HAPPY. I know the darkness will return, but for now I am soaking all of this up. It's amazing how making several minor changes can bring about a big overall change. My list is a page and a half long, but it's a lot of little things to help meet the overall goal that is set. Not to mention I have an entire year to attempt to reach them. If you want to make changes in 2017, set realistic, attainable goals that will do more than benefit your waistline. Much love, Em
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    1273 days ago
    Thanks for keeping it real and honest... and caring for your holistic self ( mind, body,
    spirit..etc.) Here's to your best year yet. God bless u and your family. emoticon
    1509 days ago
    I've done pretty much the same thing that you've done. I don't have resolutions, just continuing commitments. I encourage you to continue to embrace this sunny part of your life & expect more of it. To expect darkness is to speak it in to existence. Overall, Awesome blog.
    1509 days ago
    Sounds like you have some great strategies. So glad you are doing well! Have a great week!
    1511 days ago
    You seem to have a handle on it. Someone posted this morning that a goal without a plan is a wish. I wish I had said that. But rest assured, I will say that again! LOL

    Keep on keeping on!

    Make today the greatest day of your life…
    emoticon Until tomorrow!

    1511 days ago
    Great Goals, good luck
    1511 days ago
    Good for you EM! It sounds like you have a plan. The Bible says at Matthew 5:3 "happy is the one who is aware of his Spiritual need" in other words, our Creator put into us a need to fulfill our spirituality, make that first in your life.
    1511 days ago
    Have a great day, loved your blog
    1511 days ago
  • BUBBA365
    Great goals but make smaller steps to overall goals. As far as depression, have u thought of using a lamp that has special wavelengths that mimics daylight? Also, add if u want, saying thank you for three positive things each day. Great goals!!! ??
    1511 days ago
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