Feb 4th Goals

TGT mast headAs I write my post this afternoon, it is with extreme appreciation for the gifts I have been given, my unique skill set, and the opportunities God gives for me to use them. I drove to another region of NEPA today to speak with a group of MOPS moms about self-confidence.

I know. You’re thinking You? I was thinking that, too.

Me, Lori, speaking on the topic of indecision and confidence, and how we can learn to push back ugly procrastination that keeps us in bondage to the same old failed systems day after day, after miserable day.

I shared with the ladies about my Three Goals Thursday experiment.  Sooo cool!  There was a room full of gorgeous women at this meeting, ranging from young moms to more mature parents.  They were a fun group!

I loved the opportunity I was given today to speak on such an important subject as self-confidence. Many of the women there were able to relate to what I shared, or at least it seemed as though they did from the number of head jiggles I got while speaking.

I love head jiggles!

Head jiggles let me know others “get” where I’m coming from.  There was one lady in the back with long, dark hair this morning. I think she was wearing blue. She was such a great focal point for me during the talk. She smiled again and again, and gave me those head jiggles I like.  She helped me stay focused and on track, and engaged during the sharing. Thank you, you dark raven-haired beauty, You!  I appreciate you more than you know!

One amahzing woman at the meeting asked me if do any counseling?  I don’t, but I do listen well, and I’m always glad to make a new friend and share my story.

A second beautiful daughter of Eve gave me a hug and said she has put together a personal list of likes and dislikes this year, her first venture into teaching people how to treat her. Woohoo, she “gets it” and she’s working on a workable plan to change her life.  I love that!!!

It’s hard to change, but wow, the satisfaction that is ours when we do that hard work and keep pressing forward.  Change IS possible-I believe!

I could go on and on about how exciting today’s time with Moms Of PreschoolerS (MOPS) was for me, but I have goals to set, so I guess I best get to it.

THANK YOU, Danielle, for inviting me to the meeting today.  [Insert big puffy heart here]


1 Continue exercising in the morning, 16-18 minutes in duration each day.

2 Continue meditating each day.

3 Take a 3-pronged approach to food accountability this week. What that means is that I will count calories one day, meal plan one day, and count sugar intake one day this week. I will not do these all on the same day, but will dedicate 3 days to better planning; an homage to my 3 Goals Thursday initiative.


First off, I think I offended someone this week, just by being me. That got me off to a rough start. What I shared with this other was raw, unfiltered frustration with the dieting process and my experiences of late.  Sometimes I think people don’t understand how hard it is for some body types to shed the pounds. My last nerve was struck this week and I let it all hang out. Ooops! Not the best of strategies.

What is it momma taught us:  If you can’t say anything nice, say nothing at all.  Lesson learned, again!

Now to the goals:

No. 1: FAIL. Big Fail. On Sunday, I quit the exercising that has been causing me so much pain. I could not do it anymore. You know I have been wayyy diligent with these exercise sessions, but I just couldn’t do it this week.  From Sunday until today, I have not done my morning exercises. I feel bad about that, emotionally, but my body feels so much relief. I am on the hunt for a new type of exercise that I can do that won’t hurt so much, but in the meantime I will count Goal No. 1 as a fail this week. Boo!

No. 2 SUCCESS. I carved out time each day this week to meditate with the Word in my lap. Meditating is such a satisfying activity you’d think I wouldn’t have to plan to do it, but I do.  I’m glad I did this week.

No. 3 AWESOME! I frankly can’t believe I did as well as I did on goal No. 3, but I did really well. I discovered that it doesn’t take much sugar to exceed your sugar allowance when your calorie count is low. Not much at all! My meal planning day went better than expected, and on the day I counted calories 1553 of them buggers went in my pie hole and down the shoot. Not too shabby. I feel good about the completion of this goal.


This week I am going to establish my goals around FUN ways of being active, and I’m going to spend some energy exploring new exercise options.

Here are my goals for this coming week…

1 Call the Y and the BW in my area to check on swimming options.

2 Plan meals 2 x this week, and count calories 2 days this week. Try to eat enough less that I am hungry before I get to the next week.

3 Talk to a professional about putting together a workable plan for losing 10 lbs before summer.

These are admittedly small goals for the week, but that’s what TGT is all about–keeping goals small enough that I can easily complete them. Keeping those fingers crossed and doing my part to make sure they get done.

Do you regularly eat so little that you’re famished by the time you get to your next meal? How do you do that?!


8 thoughts on “Feb 4th Goals

  1. Jared Barden says:

    I think they say you can actually eat too little and that isn’t good for weight loss either, because it puts your body in “starvation mode” or something like that. Don’t quote me on that though.

    Kudos to you though. I’m not sure if I have any good tips on exercise. I try to walk at the Y. They even have new treadmills with TV included. TV! Sportscenter and walking. Yes please!

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    • lorihoose says:

      I love the gyms that have TVs in front of the treadmills. Its been a while since I had a gym membership. The one next to my work was sold recently, and the membership has gone up $10 per month. 😦 Checking on other alternatives. It will be spring soon, and I can walk. Yay, Spring–Come Quickly!!!


  2. J Bird says:

    Congratulations on your big step forward in confidence by accepting the speaking engagement and then “rocking it out” !!!
    A great decision to look at alternative exercise options. If the exercise starts working against you instead of for you it is time to reevaluate for sure. There are so many other ways to get the exercise in.
    I would love to join you for the swimming exercise.
    Goal number 1 isn’t a fail, it is a learning curve, remember.
    Congrats on knocking out goal 2 and 3!
    Keep rocking on my friend!

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    • lorihoose says:

      You’re right, Jean, I need to see Goal No. 1 fail in another light. Its so hard for me, that black and white thinker you know and love. 🙂 I will try.

      If I do find a way to swim, would you really be interested? I have a thing with swimming that has kept me from it for a while, a long while, but I gotta find something that is less hurty, so I’m on the hunt this week!

      You’re such a great encourager. Thank you for that!!!


  3. J Bird says:

    I would be interested! And I have a thing with swimming as well. For one thing I am not a very good swimmer and secondly the same thing all us women have. I don’t like to be seen in a swim suit. Would be happy to swim with a T-shirt over the swim suit. LOL

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  4. J Bird says:

    I am late on my 3 goal Thursday so was happy to be able to report in person. My 3 tiny goals last week were:
    1. Continue eating oatmeal for breakfast and limit coffee and spicy food
    2. Walk at least 10 minutes every day
    3. Be up, dressed and ready to work in the office by 9:30 am Mon-Fri

    How did I do?
    # 1 100% Victory and my acid reflux has been much better. A big bonus!
    # 2 Missed two days of walking. Just didn’t feel like it, as insomnia persisted at least two nights last week. Just couldn’t seem to put one foot in front of the other. But I walked 5 days and that is 100% more than I did before I started my 3 goal Thursdays. I’ll take that as a win!
    # 3 Changing the time to be in the office made a huge difference. Learning to be more realistic with my expectations and still be flexible with my schedule. Since I work at home most of the time I can make needed changes but my problem had been that I had no schedule so I was letting many things interupt my work and getting frustrated because I wasn’t getting things done that I wanted and needed to get done. With the scheduled office hours I have been able to accomplish so much more! Another bonus!!!

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    • lorihoose says:

      I love how you are embracing the needs you have in your life with a goal list, Jean. I KNOW from experience, it works when we put a workable plan in place. I know, too, that change and revision is a part of any successful plan we make. We have to be flexible and open to changing things up until the right conditions for our success is found. You’re doing just that, and I know it will lead to further success. Learning is a part of the journey, always. So glad we are chipping away at this things together. You’re doing great with your goals. Keep at it! Good job!!!!!


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