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Saturday, July 22nd, 2006
5:21 pm
[dramatic_in_red]
Greetings..
Came across this community..and well at present I really am in need of some support..Also willing to give it as well..

Ok my name is Rikki and I work as a Stablehand/Strapper in the Thoroughbred Racing Industry..And yes..That is what is bothering me at the moment..My work..

I have always had a passion for horses..Extremely obsessed you could say..They have always been a constant in my life but lately I have lost motivation, inspiration and my love for them..Everytime I am working with them I don't feel as close to them as I used to be..It is starting to bother me quite a bit because I am extremely dedicated..Passionate..Hardworking..Responsible ect ect..and I want to show everyone how hard I can work and how good I can be..But I feel that because I have lost interest in horses..I cannot use those traits to reveal my potential to everyone..I feel as though I am letting so many people down..

I really don't know what to do anymore..

Goals
1. Continue at Paul's for at least 2 months
2. Work and Condition Tobi
3. Start exercising and plan a new diet..

Ok so they are 3 goals..I am hoping that I can keep to them..

Current Mood: content
Friday, June 24th, 2005
8:23 pm
[wingxnut18]
Hi all! Losing the weight is getting easier, as long as I can stay away from pizza and oreo cookies, but I still need more support.

I think I posted the link to my site here before, but it wasn't quite ready for the public eye at that point. I encourage all of you to pay us a visit again and check everything out.

http://www.realeasyweightloss.com

I've been working hard on getting this all up and running, so I would appreciate it if you all could take a moment, check it out, and let me know what you think.

The NEW Realeasyweightloss.com!

-Weight Loss Journals
-New Recipe section!
-More content!
-Weight Loss Newsletter
-More Weight Loss programs than ever!
-Review and comment on any and all programs/stories on this site
-Vote for your favorite prorgams and help others acheive their goals!
-All new forums!
-Much much more!

Roam around the site and let us know what you think and how we can better help you. Also, don't be afraid to share this wonderful resource with others.

Thank you all for your time!

Sorry for the x-post
Monday, January 10th, 2005
12:33 am
[diabological]
New Member
This is the perfect time for me to be setting goals. Due to a class cancellation I have from school until January 28th so I should be able to get all this done as long as I make a list that really defines what I want to do.

Go the gym at least 4 days a week
write for a 1/2 hour to an hour daily
organize my books
clean out my car
apply to at least 3 graduate programs
read up on 19th century philosophy to prepare for next semester
finish making the silk flower hair clips I started
make a recipe book with lots of paintings in it
finish the stregnths and weakness parts of my college/job interview prep
finish all genealogy research related to JN and get documents
prepare a list of museums to send my resume to
copy my decadence notes legibly into a notebook

I also promised myself I'd lose eight pounds between now and Feb 1st.

This list is overwhelming me to think about but I know if I concentrate on doing the first two things each day and then pick one other item on the list to do that day also, I can get most of it done. I hope...
Friday, October 29th, 2004
4:58 pm
[deadmanintrunk]
Hi, everyone! My name is K.C.

My Goals:

1) Get some form of exercise everyday for at least thirty minutes
2) Eat healthy. More veggies, more fruit, less bread and pasta.
3) Drink 8 glasses of water each day
4) Practice Kung-fu for at least 20 minutes each day
5) Stop procrastinating..and do big projects in separate parts on different days.
6) Clean the house once a week and keep it clean throughout the week.
7) Read at least one book, every two weeks.
Sunday, January 18th, 2004
9:31 am
[browneyedgirl88]
Procrastination is not my friend

Procrastination is not my friend

Procrastination is no my friend

Procrastination is not my friend

I cold use a swift kick in the you know where right about now..............who would like to do the honors??

Current Mood: lazy
Saturday, January 10th, 2004
9:40 am
[browneyedgirl88]
De-Cluttering my living space....and other goals I'm working on
Cleaning my living space has proven to be a challenge, but very worthwhile. I love coming home knowing that my house is more organized. And living with a pack rat of a boyfriend it can be a chore let me tell ya at times. But so far so good. I still have a few corners here and there to attack and organize, but for the most part it is done. One of my final missions is cleaning out the garage. Which will take place this weekend.

After the house is completely orgainzed I will then be able to organize my brain. It feels all jumbled up at times. Which can be difficult to explain. But my brain feels so cluttered that in order for me to move onto other things in life I need to get rid of all the junk that is taking up space in there. Which is where my need for a more spirtual life comes in. I am very interested in the study of Buddhism and Wicca. Both practices are very interesting and have very valid points for navigating through this complex thing called life. I still have calling the Darhma Center on my list for things to accomplish in the year 2004. They offer intro classes so to speak on dfferent aspects of Buddhist teachings.

I'd like to set aside time each day for meditaion and yoga.

Also one of my goals for this year is to start walking.

And Joe and I talked last night. I think that we are going to try and eat less red meat. Eat more fish and chicken. By the end of the year I'd like to be more toned and healthy. I am not realy interested in losing weight, I just want to be and feel more healthy,and maybe have my thighs a little more toned. I am going to the library today and I am going to pick up some exercise videos. I 've set a goal that the first week I will use one video one eveing a week. Then second week I will use an exercise video twice a week and then the third week I will use the video 3 times a week. That is the goal I have set for myself. Use the videos at least 3 times a week and then supplement with other forms of excercise.

Current Mood: determined
Friday, January 9th, 2004
11:50 am
[mishelesoock]
My progress...
I've lost, so far, six pounds!!

Also, I took a stand for something I wanted. I feel so good. Because of codependency, in the past I woulda caved and given others what they wanted, sacrificing my own happiness.

I've started a diet journal it is tori_amos_rocks

Current Mood: content
Monday, December 29th, 2003
12:05 am
[mishelesoock]
Joined not too long ago...
this is my first post.

Some things I am going to get working on in 2004:

1. Lose Weight. I need to lose a total of at least 110 pounds. I'm going to push for maybe half of that by this time next year. This is how I will do it:

a. Follow a low carb, low sugar diet. This will
consist of fresh veggies and fruits. My meat
protein will come from chicken or some pork and
maybe other poultry. I will replace pasta with brown
rice or wheat pasta when I feel strong cravings for
pasta. No soda. I will drink either lemonade, tea
(which I will have to get used to), fresh squeezed
juice or water.

b. I will start walking twenty minutes per day.
After one month, I will increase to thirty, then
45 then 60.

c. I will find a videotap for exercise I can do at
home when I can't get out for a walk.

d. I will find a support group for weight loss.

2. I will work on issues of co-dependency. I will try to read some self help books recommended to me by someone very dear to me. I will also find a support group for codependency.

3. I will work to get "healed" of depression by this time next year. It is my desire to be off of anti-depressants. I will first find herbal remedies. I will find a depression support group. I will see if I can somehow get to a counselor on a weekly basis and find a new psychiatrist as the current one doesn't listen to me anymore.

Does anyone have any recommendations? Will anyone hold me accountable? That's what I'll need: accountability.

Current Mood: determined
Friday, December 26th, 2003
3:07 pm
[taniwhanui]
Old Loom, New Skein.
You say frustration's wearing you down;
the toll of the years, the lie of the ground.
Finding new feet's not easy, it seems,
we're better at walking places we've been.

Old loom, new skein -
find the design for weaving the garment again.
Old loom, new skein -
find the design for weaving the garment again.

So how do you make things over again?
Shoulder the load, and soften the strain.
Come out of hiding, weather the storm,
find colours worthy to be worn.

Old loom, new skein -
find the design for weaving the garment again.
Old loom, new skein -
find the design for weaving the garment again.

Minutes past midnight, we lie in love's embrace,
softer than rain falls - falling - kisses brush your face.
So turn and walk into the wind,
let it blow aging cares away.
Gather your coat, I'll walk with you -
the line of the coast lies long today.

Old loom, new skein -
find the design,
find the design,
find the design,
for weaving the garment again.


Current Mood: okay
Wednesday, December 24th, 2003
9:45 am
[sugarplum708]
Random Goals
I will initiate sex 2 times a week.
I will go to the tanning booth 2 times a week.
I will floss 5 days a week.
I will buy a new CD each month.

Current Mood: hyper
9:18 am
[sugarplum708]
Goal #2
Goal:

I am debt free
I contribute 6% of my salary to 401k
I contribute 4% of my salary to stock options
I have a savings account - that I do not touch

Action:

I make payments until I am out of debt
I am more selective on purchases, as that is money that could go to reduce debt
I make contibuitions to 401k and stock purchase plan
I put money in my savings each paycheck

S.M.A.R.T Actions (Simple, Measurable, Action, Realistic, Time Bound):

Each paycheck I put part of my funds to pay off old debt
I stick to my budget
I do not borrow money from Jake
I get books from the library - not from the bookstore
I only go out to a restaurant for lunch once a week during work

Visual S.M.A.R.T Goals:
I am excited and proud as I make my last payment towards old debt
I am smiling and relieved as I turn in the form to start contributing to 401k and stock options
I am pleased and proud when I receive my bank statement and see the balance of my savings account
I am relieved to be debt free, contribuiting to my future and having money in the bank

List 'why' you want to achieve this goal:

Increased self-esteem
No worry about finances
Feel more independant

Identify exactly your specific strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities:

Strengths:
I am very organized
Jake's support

Weaknesses:
Eating out
Books
Things that sparkle
Being frivolous
Being spontaneous

Opportunities:
Use only cash
Stay focused on budget

List everything that could possibly prevent you from achieving this goal:
Shopping because I am sad
Shopping because I am bored
Wanting a new book
Eating out to much

Cross posted to personal journal.
8:44 am
[sugarplum708]
Goal #1
Goal:

I am 134 pounds.

Action:

I exercise
I drink water
I eat fruits and vegetables
I take vitamins

S.M.A.R.T Actions (Simple, Measurable, Action, Realistic, Time Bound):

I exercise 2 times a week for 20 minutes in January and February
I exercise 3 times a week for 20 minutes in March, April and May
I drink 8 glasses of water a day
I eat 3 servings of fruits and vegetables
I take vitamins at least 5 out of 7 days a week

Visual S.M.A.R.T Goals:

I am smiling and proud as I complete my 2nd 20 minute workout this week.
I am smiling and proud as I finish my 8th glass of water for the day.
I am smiling and proud as I finish my 3rd serving of fruits and vegetables for the day.

List 'why' you want to achieve this goal:

Increased self-esteem
Increased energy
Ability to walk up a flight of stairs without huffing and puffing
Improved health
Wear smaller clothes
Turn heads :-)

Identify exactly your specific strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities:

Strengths:
My desire to lose weight
Jake's support
Knowing that I have lost weight before - knowing that I CAN do it

Weaknesses:
Chocolate
Coca cola
social eating
eating out of boredom
eating as a habit
comfort food

Opportunities:
Membership to gym
Entice myself to go to the gym with a promise of a steam afterwards
Gym upstairs
Videos at home

List everything that could possibly prevent you from achieving this goal:
LAZINESS
Wanting to go straight home after work
Lots of people at the gym (since it is the beginning of the year)

Cross posted to personal journal.

Current Mood: accomplished
Sunday, December 21st, 2003
8:56 am
[browneyedgirl88]
Newbie Here....
Hi Sugarplum!

I heard about this community from the lovely taniwhanui . I've been needing inspiration, support, encourgement, all of it to help kick start my butt in gear and get going on this journey called life.

I've stalled out for quite some time now, and as a result I now find myself in a rut. I am not where I want to be. And quite frankly I am not sure where it is that I even need to start.

I'd like to eventually kick my bad habits, some of which are, in no particualr order:

prcrastination

my recreational drug use ( eek!!, not good I know )

my job ( I just have no inspiration, no interest in what goes on there. But I can't figure what it is that I want to do my life either ;( )

Some things that I'd like to accomplish are:

simply-fying (sp??) my life, I want to get rid of all the junk that I don't need anymore

get my house decorated just the I want it

actually finish the Artist's Way

Put an excercise routine into my life and stick with it *everyday!*



I guess I should state a wee bit about myself too.

I am 31 years old, I'm from oklahoma, I have 3 cats and 2 dogs, and one live in boyfriend. I work as an optometric assistant and I want to live out loud!!!


"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage" ~Anais Nin

Current Mood: hungry
Monday, December 8th, 2003
1:08 pm
[sugarplum708]
Your dearest wish will come true.
That is what the fortune that I keep on my desk says. "Your dearest wish will come true."

My dearest wish is to be at peace with myself. To like who I am.

One of my 'goals' is to lear how to just 'be'. To learn to accept myself just as I am. PERIOD.

There is a big part of me that wants to add to that. 'To learn to accept myself just as I am...but to continue to grow...but to continue to learn...but to continue to change.' But...but...but.

My dearest wish is just to accept myself. To feel at peace.

I don't think that I have ever known that. I may have felt it for moments, but I want that to be a big part of my LIFE.

In making the goals community, it has helped me to come to some realizations. I am hurting my marriage. By refusing to accept myself, I am refusing to let my husband accept me. I need constant reassurance. And I believe I have figured out why.

I had a pretty bad childhood (not an excuse, just a fact - where the story starts). I pretty much raised myself. I don't think that my parents loved me. My father abandoned us and my mother is manic depressive - and I don't really know if she is capable of love. Being a love starved teenager, I turned to guys for love. Usually the wrong type of guys. Guys who were mean to me (just like my step father was to my mother). Then I decided that that is not what I wanted I wanted a NICE guy. And I found one.

Ok...I need to back up. I have never liked myself. As a child I often lied to my parents. I stole. I cheated. I did things that I shouldn't have done and I have always had a guilty consious. I became close to my uncle as I got older. He tried to dominate my life, completely control me. And in some ways I let him, but I also manipulated him and lied to him. Still hating myself.

Back to meeting the nice guy. We got married. Had an ok marriage. We were good friends. I didn't desire him though. And eventually, I didn't respect him - too nice, too much of a push over. I eventually left him for another man. Still hating myself.

Went through the divorce. The man I left my husband for started seeing someone else. I found out by reading his email (say him enter the password one day). I know that I pushed him away by my neediness. And I am afraid that I am doing that to my husband (2nd husband). I am often asking him if he loves me, if he likes the person that I am, etc. I even get tired of all my questions. I can't imagine how he feels.

The weird thing is that there isn't usually anything wrong, I just want to hear him say it.

I have come to the understanding that the reason I feel that I NEED that is because I still don't like myself. I am afraid to look to closely at myself for fear that I won't like what is there. And the thing is, I have come so far. I am not that same person. I'm not the liar, the cheat, the slut, the theft, the manipulator.

Of course, I have my faults. I am not always honest, I do tell white lies. I make excuses for not doing things. I say that I am sick to get out of doing things that I don't want to do. I feel that in some way I have cheated my husband - when he met me, I was much more outgoing, more willing to try new things, was more interested in sex. Over time I have changed. And I am afraid that he won't love me because of those changes. I have to come to some understanding within myself that I need to be who I am and to accept myself.

What is your dearest wish?

x posted
Sunday, December 7th, 2003
4:47 pm
[sugarplum708]
My Goals
1. Get out of debt. Follow my budget (once Laurie goes home - who can stay on a budget when their best friend is coming to visit? I have to be realistic.) I want 'freedom' in this area of my life. My definition of freedom in this area is to be debt free and to not be ruled my 'wants' and 'needs' of material things.

2. Once out of debt, sign up for 401k and Stock Options at work.

3. Be more open to trying new things (to vague). Try something new each month. This month it will be ice skating.

4. Go hot air ballooning.

5. Try swimming again - see if I can still do what I learned last year.

6. Get back to the gym.

7. Take a karate class of some sort.

8. Sign up for a Sign Language class.

9. Work on establishing a relationship with my mother-in-law and my sister-in-law.

10. Finish the book, The Pathway. Follow the suggestions in the book.

11. Floss

12. Go to the dentist.

13. Bring my mom out for a visit.

14. Learn how to just 'BE'. This is the hardest thing for me. "One's action ought to come out of an achieved stillness, not to be a mere rushing on".
-D. H. Lawrence

15. Reestablish my friendship with PK. His girlfriend just recently had a baby and I view their life as very busy, etc. So, I don't call as often and when I do I don't share what is going on in my life - thinking that he doesn't have time for me. If it continues this way, I can only see us growing apart.

I am going to quit there for now. I often find that I make to many goals and then I just stress myself out.

For now, I am going to concentrate on # 1 (debt-free), #3 (open to new things) and #10 (The Pathway).

Current Mood: reflective
4:42 pm
[sugarplum708]
Some Great Quotes
The good man is the man who, no matter how morally unworthy he has been, is moving to become better.
-John Dewey

Goals that are not written down are just wishes.
-Anonymous

If you are serious about your goals, drop the conditions. Go directly to your goal. Be your goal! Conditions often disguise strategies for escaping accountability. Why not just take charge and create the experience you are looking for.

-Eric Allenbaugh

Current Mood: contemplative
4:29 pm
[sugarplum708]
Welcome...
The first posting is a bit stressful, but it is a GOAL of mine to complete the posting and let others know about our new community :-)

I hope that this will become a place where we can share our goals, find and provide encouragement, find and give inspiration, help each other with procrastination.

It's for short term goals, or long term goals. Personal goals. Professional goals.

I think it would be neat to have a buddy system, if you find someone who has similar goals, or who wants to accomplish something that you already have, offer your friendship and support. I know that I would find it incredibly helpful to have a 'buddy' to walk this journey with me.

I think what I'm trying to say is, 'It's whatever we want to make it'.

I want to thank < lj user = "taniwhanui" > for the inspiration to start this community. I also want to thank < lj user = "melancthe" > for the code to set up the community.

X Posted.

Current Mood: accomplished
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