February 11 Goals

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This week has been challenging.  I don’t know what is going on in other areas of NEPA, but in Lori’s World it’s been strange.  I’ve probably been thinking too much. My mind can be a dangerous neighborhood sometimes.  A place where no stranger should ever venture.  🙂

This week I will admit to some working, some fretting, a lil bit of amazement, and a whole lot of behavior modification with me, but like Pete the Cat says, “It’s all good!”

I love Pete the Cat. Do you know him?

000Pete standingLike Pete, I’m standing tall.

If you will allow, I’d like to meander a moment…

In the last millennia, I worked at a drug and alcohol recovery center. I loved that job, because it was 90% about helping other people.  I didn’t like the management so much–they had lots of room to grow when I was there–but I did like our clients.

I loved that job because I love helping others.

I also loved that job because I got to see how people changed because of little things we did while I worked there, little offerings of grace.  A smile shared.  A joke told.  A listening ear and open hearts.  A simple task done without grumbling, like emptying the garbage without being asked or buying creamer and paying for it yourself when you don’t use it.

Creamer makes life for others sweeter.

Half and Half is one of those mood-altering foods that a smoothly running office can live without, but why should they?  Chocolate is another.  I always used chocolate when the psychologist was in the house.  I’m still not sure if that was to sooth him, or me.  He made me nervous.

Lately, I’ve faced some changes that have been challenging.  I think maybe the nastiest part of my current sitch is that we’ll-do-it-this-way-today-but-then-again-tomorrow-maybe-it’ll-be-different pattern I’m seeing develop.

I don’t work well with fluctuation.

I like rules!

I like predictable.

I like rock-steady.

Give me a pasture with strong fences and grass to eat, and I’m content.

Fluctuation is a part of the change game, I know,  but dealing with flux can be exhausting.  If I’ve seemed sullen or negative in my posts of late, let me apologize and say, “I will try harder not to bring that stuff to the blog in the days ahead.”

You don’t need to hear read that!

Besides, I have goals to set and an update to provide, so let’s get to it.


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.


Goal No. 1 DONE, BUT JUST BARELY!  I contacted both a local hotel and the Y about membership fees and swimming options this week.  I now have info I need to make a decision about which way to go for a new exercise experience.  Yay!

Goal No. 2 KINDA DONE!  I did plan meals this week, more than two days actually, and I did pay attention to what I ate.  Once I threw out food I planned to eat but felt would not feed my body well.  I did not count calories this week, though, so this is only a kinda done goal for me.

Goal No. 3 FAIL.  I did not talk to anyone this week about a workable plan for losing that 10 lbs.  Well, that’s not entirely true, I did talk to someone, but I didn’t talk seriously, as in planning to work a particular program.  That being the case, I’m counting this as a fail.


I think I had just too much to think about this week.  the office was really busy, and home was busy, too.  I had those changes to balance, and I’m dealing with others who are going through changes, too.  My mind has been swirling lately, and while that may not sound like a good excuse to some, its what I have to offer.


My hope going forward is that it will be a lil quieter on the upper levels (my brain), this week, and that I will be able to get more done on the lower level (with my body). The wee ones come to the house Saturday evening and will be with us through Wednesday night, so I’m not sure how much thinking will get done, anyway.  More action, no doubt.  I hope to get a lot of hugging time in and some reading time, too.  The elder is now an accomplished reader, you know, so I can’t wait to have him read to me🙂


1  Spend quality time moving with/enjoying the wee ones this week, and doing something extra special on Valentine’s Day.

2  Do 3 things that reflect faith and empowerment, and continue to meditate daily.

3  Exercise each morning, and eat the rainbow every day.

The boys love veggies and doing stuff, so these should not be hard goals for me to achieve.  Woohoo!  These will get done.  Stay tuned to find out how!

What three things will you do to get yourself moving this week?  What one goal have you had for yourself for a while now, but haven’t committed it to paper? 


4 thoughts on “February 11 Goals

  1. J Bird says:

    This will be short and I am cheating and using your format for lack of one of my own.
    My 3 goal last week were:
    1. Eat oatmeal every day for breakfast and limit caffeine and spicy food
    2. Walk at least 10 minutes every day
    3. Be up dressed and in the office to work every day by 9:30 am Mon-Fri.

    How did I do:
    1. Fail on the oatmeal, only ate it 2 days as we ran out and 4 days before grocery day. Did will limiting caffeine and spicy food and find I am drinking more water and decaf herbal tea.
    2. Walked at least 10 minutes 5 days and 20 minutes one day but missed one day as well.
    Giving myself a pass on the one day, not a complete fail.
    3, This one is a little complicated, I was up, dressed and ready to work in the office by 9:30 am this week however there were multiple interruptions that took me out of the office and away from what I should have been doing. I also struggled with distractions like to long on email and on facebook (I do go on facebook to check private messages and family posts about activities).
    My resistance to shiny objects was nill this week so even though I was in the office I didn’t get much done that needed to be done. I had lost my focus and once again the urgent took over and kept me from doing what was important. And the funny thing is, the urgent wasn’t urgent at all.
    I believe the end result, at least in part, was a melt down I experienced this week, big time. This happens when I try to run ahead of God. I lose my peace as I begin projecting tomorrow’s cares and concerns into my todays. I let my focus shift from the Lord to my concerns for the next day, week, or month, my problems and obstacles begin to look bigger and my God smaller.
    But God! He loves us so and He sent a dear friend to remind me. The scripture she shared with me was both convicting and encouraging. And most of all helped me get focused back on the reality of Christ, the one who has promised to be with me always and to provide for all my needs; the one who promised to instruct me and teach me in the way I should go and to counsel me with His eye on me. Psalms 32:8
    My goals this week:
    1. To meditate on the Scriptures shared with me this past week in my morning devotions:
    Luke 10:41-42, 18:29-30; Phil. 4:6-7. 19; Psalm 32:7-8;Romans 8:28
    2. Eat oatmeal for breakfast every morning and walk 10 min every day
    3.In the office by 9:30 am. Limit email and facebook time. Do a written plan for the week on
    Monday morning, including scheduled times for writing during the week.

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    • lorihoose says:

      I am so impressed with your progress this week, Jean. I know you have had a few tough paths to trod too, lately. What is it we say: Together, we get better? Exactly! You inspire me, and I try to inspire you, and together, we are both doing better than we did before we worked as a team, on the same goal setting process.

      I love that you are tackling things as they come to you, but not forsaking your goals in the process. Life is fluid, so of course we will see an eb and flow to it all, but the important thing, and something you have discovered, is the value in circling back around and getting your bearings once again. Yay, You! Keep moving, keep working the plan, and keep being faithful to yourself and God–it works when we work it!

      You are rocking this thing! Can’t wait to hear what comes out, as you invite God into your writing process. Please, share the link when you have a new post up. We all want to benefit from what God is sharing with you!!!


  2. Jo says:

    LOVE Pete the Cat and so do our preschool kids. We live by his motto in his White Shoes book…”But does he cry? Goodness no!” No goals this week, but you’ve inspired me!

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    • lorihoose says:

      We have the White Shoes book and read it with the grands all the time. It is a favorite of mine. Pete has such a good attitude. I ask the question, and A answers, in his tiny boy voice, “Goodness, no!” It always, always, always makes me smile!

      I’m glad you were inspired by the post. It was a rough week for me and I’ve had a few in succession, so knowing my work served some good purposes this week is a blessing.

      Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for mentioning Pete. He’s one cool cat!!!


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