It’s been a bit since my last post, but so much has been going on with getting through holidays and through the New Year and I am sure you have been feeling the same pressures.

This is the time that many people make New Year’s Resolutions or promises to themselves and we all know how those usually work out-usually forgotten by the wayside just like our bathroom scales. Chuckle chuckle.

I on the other hand have always done something a little different. It is not the holidays that brings about thought provoking goals. I usually take the time around my birthday just after the first of the year to set goals and look at my accomplishments over the years. It is the same concept just a different time of year and for some reason it works for me when I do it.

First I look at my past year and things that I learned from the year whether it was good or bad.  From  here I set my goals. The key for me has always been to set specific goals. For example, when I was younger, many years ago and was only making $20,000 a year, I said to myself by this time next year I will be making $30,000. At that early time I had no idea how I was going to do it, but by writing down these specific goals I was always able to make them come true. To achieve this specific goal, at first I had to work several jobs at one time leaving no free time for myself, but I earned and income and learned new skills.

I actually had friends that joked with me back then, “hey Chris how many jobs are you working these days four or five?” Let them laugh, at least I had a goal in mind and I was on my way there. Yes , I worked a full time job during the day, a customer service job until from 6-11-12pm every night and I worked a completely separate administrative job on the weekends. Next I had to learn some more new skills by volunteering to work for free at times, but in the end, I always accomplished my goals as I climbed the ladder.

Oh Yes, I had to make some sacrifices but anyone will tell you you get what you work for. Nothing is just given to you.

So you may be wondering what my goals are for this year 2016? Well it’s not my birthday yet, but I have already looked over my past year and becoming more healthy has been number one goal on my radar.

After having cancer several years ago and then just a string of complications I set forth to become a healthier person last year changing many things that I ate or just the way I cooked the food. Mainly if you have read previous blogs you know I have become gluten free as much as possible. I have never been diagnosed with anything like Ciliacs Disease, but after many self trials I have found that my body is gluten intolerant and not only do my aches and pains go away but my migraines that leave one side of my body in a stroke like state have almost ceased with the disappearance or low levels of gluten.

This year it is time to become even heathier and lose weight. Yes, I know almost every living soul says this at the beginning of the year, but my desire comes from my age and recent stress tests combined with a family history of heart disease. Now that I am eating the foods my body wants such as salads and nuts, with smaller amounts of red meat, it is time to start exercising.

So you are hearing it here first and I will tell you just how hard it is going to be. I am tired after working all day, helping my daughter with homework, doing my homework for my I.T degree, and now I am going to add in working out to this daily plan? Well I didn’t join a gym I’ll tell you that straight up. I have a membership to Daily Burn (an online program) allowing me any type of work out from Yoga to Kick Boxing to their new 365 which you can catch live at times. I love it. I have no excuse because I can log on via the internet at on any of my devices or log on through a smart tv or Rocu. So now that my excuse of what am I going to do with my daughter or when would I have time to make it to the gym is gone, my only excuse is I’m exhausted and will do it later. But that is one of the great things about my goals, is that my goal is on my mind every day and once I work out, I have so much more energy physically and mentally that sometimes I want to do another workout or go for a run.

So now I have put this out there so there is no going back. That is one of my important aspects of my goals. I have to tell someone because just writing them down and keeping them to myself gives me no accountability. So as the days and weeks go by I will let you know how I am proceeding. I can tell you right now I am larger than I have ever been in my entire life and that is even larger than when I had any of my three children. I am ready for my journey which has already begun. Let’s see where I get to.

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I am a single parent of three wonderful children. Two boys who are grown and live out on their own and a teenage daughter at home. I have gone through a lot of drama with divorce and sickness- just to start, but have found my way out of the shadows and I am ready to motivate and empower women with what I have learned. Being unqualified is exactly what makes me qualified. I work full time in the corporate world, I'm a parent, and I resell products on several different online platforms. Last, but the most important, I am a Christ follower at Church By The Glades.