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Distractions and goals


How we find success is determined by our goals and how we keep distractions from deterring us from action.  If we do not have a goal then we are like ships in the sea drifting aimlessly through life.  If you have said I want to lose weight or I need to lose weight then you know that it wont happen through magic or by just wishing it.  The weight will come off if you develop a plan and set some realistic goals.  The first thing you need to realize is that you are entering into a battle.  Your mind may recognize the need to lose weight but the body will be lazy, lethargic and want to provide you with tons of resistance.  In one of my last blog posts I mentioned “mind over matter” and that is the reality of it.  Our minds will have to overcome our bodies and do whatever we need to do in order to whip it into submission and to do our will. 

It is important to have short term and long term goals.  I want to lose 1 lb. per week for the next 52 weeks or 100 lbs. in the next two years.  Those are good short term and long term goals.  Maybe your goal is to get into a different size of clothing or you want to be able to go hiking with the family without having to be air lifted to the nearest emergency room.  We are all different and different things will motivate us to do what needs to be done. 

The important thing is that we find what motivates us to do what needs to be done and not let the distractions in life to keep us from our goals.  Just this morning I am trying to determine if I will go work out this morning or if I will wait until tomorrow.  My goal has been to work out every other day and that typically works out to Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  That leaves me with two days off on the weekend which sort of screws up the every other day routine or goal for scheduling my work outs.  If I work out today then that means that on Tuesday morning I need to be back at the gym.  Tuesday morning is election day so I plan on being at the polls at 6:30 or 6:45 am so that I can be at the front of the line with my wife to vote.  If I can get the voting done super early then perhaps I could run to the gym and spend 60 minutes getting some exercise before I zoom off to work. 

We have to set a battle plan for having solid meaningful goals and what we are going to do in order to overcome the distractions of life that will come our way.  I use the term battle plan because of my involvement with Battle plan ministries and my interaction over the years with my friend Bill Berry.  My friend Bill has developed a method in which people can develop a battle plan in order to overcome addictions in our lives.  Addictions range from pornography, over eating, drugs or whatever it is that ails you.  If you plug in your particular issue then there is a battle plan template that you can use in order to set goals and plan on what you will do when a particular temptation rears its ugly head.  Over eating and being a glutton are two reasons how we have gotten to where we are at.  I know that there are folks out there that have medical complications such as thyroid problems that also contribute to weight gain problems.  No matter what the issues are that cause the weight gain we have to do the following things in order to set a battle plan and goals in place.

  • we have to identify that we have a problem
  • we have to determine what our goals are
  • we have to determine what actions we will take in order to meet these goals
  • we need to identify what distractions will come our way and plan to defeat them
  • we will need to enlist the help of family and friends to support us in our goals.
  • we need to identify the distractions that will keep us from our goals

An important part of our battle plan and goal setting is to educate ourselves with regards to what food is healthy and helps towards burning calories and what foods are detrimental to our over all health. In America it has been said that there is a church on ever city block.  Now I think we can say that there is a fast food establishment on every block.  I think that there are way more fast food restaurants than there are churches.  If you are hungry and you have the cash in your pocket or debit card then there are a ton of choices when you drive down the street and it is so easy to give in to that urge to whip into McDonalds and order that Big Mac oozing with extra cheese and special sauce.  Just typing that makes me hungry and gives me the urge to go eat breakfast.  What we need to realize is that fast food restaurants are not focused on our healthy living goals but they are focused on driving us to their restaurants with their bill boards and advertisement so that they can gather in our dollars.  It is up to us to recognize and to educate ourselves on what kind of food we are sticking in our mouths before we do it. 

To keep the importance of understanding how many calories you are eating think about this fact.  You have to burn 2000 calories to burn one pound of fat.  I spend 30 minutes every other day on the elliptical trainer and I burn 420 calories.  That means that by only using the elliptical trainer 3 or 4 days per week that I am burning a little less than 2000 calories.  That does not take into account how many calories I am consuming each day.  Common sense dictates that if you consume more calories than you burn then your body is going to store those extra calories as fat and that fat will stay with you until you burn it off or it kills you.   I am not sure how many calories I am burning during my circuit training with the weight machines but I am confident that I am burning more than 420 calories during a 60 or 90 minute work out.  That is part of my battle plan to meet my goals.  My plan is to get a good solid aerobic work out to build cardiovascular strength and endurance and weight training so that I can increase the number of calories that I burn.  I also want to do weight training so that I can tone the muscle that is there and build upon i
t so that I will have the ability to use the equipment. 

We must plan for distractions and the things in life that will throw up roadblocks and make it difficult to stick with our plans and meet our goals.  The other day Bill Berry mentioned in our Healthy Living Facebook Group that he has to be careful with not eating comfort foods late at night.  Comfort foods are those favorite foods that we like to eat during times of distraction or emotional trauma that psychologically give us comfort.  We must identify those periods in our life that cause us to be the weakest.  Life is not easy at times and it is full of stress that causes us to stray from our goals and are very detrimental to our battle plans.  O

One of the things I have had to learn how to overcome is not eating junk food while sitting in front of the television set (idiot box) late at night.  There is nothing more comforting than to watch a movie and eat myself into a fat consuming stupor as I stick “who knows what” into my face.  You know what I am talking about.  Something in our minds is triggered and we think that we must be eating something while in front of the t.v. set.  What we fail to remember is that thing we are sticking into our mouth is probably full of calories and fat and it adds to the over all caloric intake for that day.  We may have been counting our calories during the day and been successful not in over eating then but if we let our guard down our “mindless snacking phase” during our down time in front of the T.V. or the Internet can destroy our daily goals.  If you have to snack in front of your computer or T.V. then find healthy alternatives such as sunflower seeds.  I have found that the act of shelling the sun flower seeds and eating the seed fulfills my need to eat in front of the T.V. and I am not eating tons of fat or calories.  I am sure that there are other healthy alternatives out there, you will have to find out which ones work for you. 

I want you to know that losing weight is not impossible but that it is possible but it will require careful planning and determination on your part.  If you set realistic goals for yourself and surround yourself with supportive people and educate yourself then you will meet your goals.  One of the sayings that I have heard years ago at a church we attended in Houston Texas goes like this.  Through the pain, onward to battle and victory.  Identifying the problem and those things that are causing the problem can be painful but necessary.  Planning what our goals are and how we are going to achieve them will require that we establish our own unique battle plans.  If we set realistic goals and we stick with our battle plans faithfully then we will achieve that sweet victory.  You can not win a race if you do not enter into it and run with all of your might and strength.  We can run this race together and I am confident that together we can be victorious. 



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  1. Good job. I only wanted to add that the best way to control what you can stuff into your body while you mindlessly watch tv, or whatever, at night, is to not have those bad choices in your home, to begin with.. shop differently and give yourself different options. Have them ready available to eat. If you have to work to eat them, you’ll choose something else. Your sunflower seeds are a great idea. The sodium, however, made my ankles swell so bad. So please be careful.