New Year’s Goals, Not Resolutions, For a Healthier You

Happy New Year! It’s a new year, and with the new year comes the mindset of having a new chance to be the person you envision. Typically, this comes in the form of creating New Year’s Resolutions, all-or-nothing statements of change, which are usually forgotten within a month’s time. For example,  many people’s health resolution may be to “Lose weight,” with the idea that they will lose all of the weight they gained in the last 10 years. Read the rest of this entry »

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THD Wednesday Challenge: Break Up a Long Term Goal

This week is going to be about breaking up one of your long term goals. We want you to take a current long term goal, or create a new one, and break it up into at least three smaller goals. The goal can be anything, absolutely anything you want to accomplish. THD Wednesday Challenge

There are many reasons for setting long term goals, but probably the biggest reason is that it gives you direction, something to work towards. However, you also need smaller goals so you do not get frustrated or bored when your main goal is not reached right away.

For example, you want to run a half marathon. Running the half marathon, perhaps even a specific race, would be your ultimate goal. Your smaller goals might be to run a 5K, then a 10K, and then a 10 mile race. Those goals could ideally be met about every 4-6 weeks while you train and they would build towards your main goal.

Also, make sure your goals are SMART! That is, make sure they are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. This will give you the most benefit from your goals, as well as give you the highest chance of success.

Obviously, setting goals is quite personal, but if you want to chat about it or have questions, don’t hesitate to use our Twitter hashtag #THDWednesdayChallenge or leave a comment.  Zee (@zeethd), Suze (@suzethd), and fellow THDers will be there to help you out.  And you can join us on Facebook too!

We look forward to seeing you!


THD Weekly Wednesday Challenge

Hello! Remember us? We know we’ve been gone for a long time. Life got in the way. And admittedly, when you aren’t doing that great at sticking to your food tracking and exercise goals, it’s really tough to write about all of it.

THD Wednesday ChallengeBut we’re back! And we are both working at getting back on track and staying there. With that in mind, and to help us get back to blogging as well, we’re starting the THD Wednesday Challenge. Each week will be something different. It could be exercise related, it could be food related, or it could be something mental. We have some ideas to get us all started, but we value your suggestions as well.

This week’s challenge is squats!  We’ll start at 10am and go until 5pm. Each hour you will do the same number of squats as the hour, in military time. So 10am will be 10 squats, 11am will be 11 squats, 12pm will be 12 squats, 1pm (or 13:00) will be 13 squats, etc.

Join us and use the Twitter hashtag #THDWednesdayChallenge to let us know how you are doing!  Zee (@zeethd) and Suze (@suzethd) will be there!  And you can join us on Facebook too!

We look forward to seeing you!


Zee’s Status (1/5/12)

Status: Gained
Mood: Trying to get motivated … at a slower than snail’s pace.

Happy New Year From THD, on FlickrEvery new year you hear these themes or goals for the year, sometimes the themes rhyme with the year such as “more in store for 2004”.  They always serve as a motivational tool for how to begin and move forward in the new year.  Well, I’ve always liked that idea, and thought I’d share my personal one to go with this new year, and the new and bigger hill I have to climb, my theme is Creating Solutions.

The idea came to me from a post I read on www.tinybuddha.com about thinking of solutions instead of creating resolutions. The premise being that a resolution, the firm decision to do or not do something, isn’t as strong as, making a decision to solve a problem.

So the idea I’m taking away from this is that yes, this year I do plan to lose weight as I had planned last year.  The difference is this year I’m going to focus on the solutions to issues that will help me not gain weight, which is my problem.  For instance, one problem I have is exercise, what to do and when to do it.  A solution at least for this winter season, is to do more of the exercise methods I have at home and do it before I plan to leave the house.  This week it’s fitness shows on my cable company’s On Demand.  So far I’ve tried Hip Hop Cardio twice, and I’m eying this Power Core next.

So that’s my status for now. Do you have any fitness/healthy solutions you are doing?