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Wow, this is the time to get S.M.A.R.T.  Being a school teacher, we love acronyms for our students as a guide or perhaps a strategic learning tool.  With the end of the school year, I have relied heavily on my teammates to push me through this time.  It's one of a teachers "hectic" times where it is easy to say, "I'm so busy, I'm not going to make it today".  However, I made it! Accountability has always been an issue with my workout routine, so I would like to thank my warrior, Jo Voros as  . . . [View Full]
As of today I have reached my original goal as far as weight and size for the be healthy challenge.  In setting smart goals for myself for twelve more weeks seems easy, but when the challenge ends and the team is no longer pushing me I'm a little apprehensive. My goal is... I will maintain my current weight and build my strength, I will maintain weight and build strength by continuing to use my fitness pal to track my food and exercising three times each week. I have learned so much  . . . [View Full]
How can something called SMART goals make me feel so dumb? I’ve had two weeks two write a blog post about a concept that was new to me, SMART goals, which are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound. But I really, really didn’t want to do it. I am more of an impulse person. I go with my gut. I get a feeling about something and I go with it. So the moment I read about SMART goals, I started to get twitchy. Stopping to think about goals that are specific, measurable, achiev . . . [View Full]
Sung to the tune of 'My favorite things' from the Sound of Music. Quinoa and kale chips and green colored veggies. Salads and fruit bowls and watermelon wedges. Legend Homes as my sponsor and all my team mates Be Healthy Challenge is ever so great! Week 8/9 are in the books and we are heading down the home stretch.  It is very easy for me to know what my future plans hold as each day I feel better, healthier and stronger than the day before.   I love the natural high a good workout brin . . . [View Full]
  This is the 9th week of the Be Healthy Challenge and I have seen some great results.  I’ve been meeting with a great group of people three times per week at Chadwicks Personal Fitness, changed my eating habits and making better health decisions every day.  I feel better, my pants fit better and my energy level has increased.  But what I’m I going to do when the program ends in three weeks?  I have set some SMART goals for myself to make sure I keep seeing the results I have enjoyed s . . . [View Full]
I have learned that being healthy requires some planning and being smart about our choices.  This brings to mind a saying I have heard before, “failure to plan is a plan to fail”!  It just makes sense to think about what you’re doing and where you’re going and take the time to set goals for yourself.  As we are nearing the end of our challenge, on this week 9, we have set a S.M.A.R.T plan.  It’s not only smart, but a good plan of action for continuing my journey of health and nutri . . . [View Full]
So, we all agree that goals are a good thing, right? They should be SMART goals. Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound. So, related to fitness and health, here are some of my SMART goals.   Goal 1 Specific- I will lose an additional 40 pounds  Measurable - I will accomplish this by the end of September  Achievable - I am currently on track to do this.  Relevant-I know that this will help me to achieve my cycling goals not to mention the added health benefits of sha . . . [View Full]
The 12-week 2015 Be Healthy Challenge kicked off the week of March 23, and it will end the week of June 8. As of today, May 24, we have three more weeks. I am already feeling the pangs of not having my team and trainer to support and encourage me and hold me accountable when the BHC is over. And I'll just tell you now, the support and accountability are two things I haven't figured out how to maintain. In other areas, though, I have set some goals in managing my future health, which I will share . . . [View Full]
It's so hard to believe that the 12-week Be Healthy Challenge is winding down.  For our current blog entry, Challengers are charged to set SMART goals for the upcoming 12 weeks, so we can continue our current momentum and keep making positive, healthy choices in the weeks to come.  Setting measurable, short-term goals is a great way to make sure that we keep making strides in the right direction to continue becoming healthier.  In thinking about how I want my health journey to look in the wee . . . [View Full]
This week team members were asked to create S.M.A.R.T. plans for personal health and wellness and to share them with our readers. S.M.A.R.T. stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound. Here is my S.M.A.R.T. plan: Specific: I want to join a 9 hole golf group/play again regularly Measurable: I will do specific exercises at the gym that will improve overall strength and go to the driving range at least twice a week. Achievable: I haven't played in a while and u . . . [View Full]
Week 9 has ended and there is only three more weeks of the Be Healthy Challenge.  Our blog challenge this week is SMART Goals.  I thought long and hard on this subject.  I really don't have any big goals of walking a 10k or running a race.  I began this challenge to lose weight, get in shape and feel better about myself.  All of this has happen plus much more!  I have made some wonderful friends, learned some great nutritional information plus I am feeling healthier and stronger.  So what . . . [View Full]
HOW is it time for the Be Healthy Challenge wind-down?  I feel bittersweet about the BHC coming to an end!   I've made a few goals for myself. These were done using the S.M.A.R.T Goals Method. SMART GOALS ARE: Specific: What do I want to accomplish? Measurable: time, distance, weight, percent are all measurable. Make sure your goal has a measurable criteria. Achievable: Within reach, and do-able. Relevant: If you want to get your health in order, your goals should be health-related. T . . . [View Full]
For the last couple of weeks, we were asked to think about life after the challenge is over with. What are our goals and how are we going to achieve them. I have thought about this many times over the course of this challenge and what I am going to do to ensure that I continue my quest to be healthy and be fit. Turning 43 in a few days with a son going into 4th grade and a 3 year old that is constantly keeping me on my toes is great motivation to keep in shape and eat healthier on a daily basis! . . . [View Full]

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