Setting goals

(Me, holding my sister. 1972)

So, off the bat I’ll say this: I really (really!) don’t want to turn this into a weight loss blog. Ok?


But now that both of my parents have had heart troubles, and I’m just past my 49th birthday, it occurs to me that lifestyle changes are badly needed.

I’ve been taking baby steps, as they say, for a while. It is now time for some of the bigger steps. That means setting a few goals.

Goal #1: Walk 1,000 miles in 2008.

That’s an increase of 150 miles over this year’s mileage goal, but I’m fairly certain I can do it. I’m close to 900 miles now without trying very hard once I reached 2007’s goal of 850 miles.

Goal #2: Lose one stone.

I have a friend in England who talks about weight in terms of stones. I could probably stand to lose a few boulders, but I’ll start with stones. One stone, for those that don’t know, is equal to 14 lbs.

14 lbs. would be a very good start.

Goal #3: Eat 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables each day.

This is not that hard to do, and I can manage it most days. The great thing about eating all those fruits and veggies is that it keeps me too full for junk foods.

I have some more goals in mind, but I’m not sure I’ll be writing about them for a while (or ever). It depends on how things go.

Feel free to join me if you’re in the mood for a few lifestyle changes of your own.