Help setting realistic goals please!

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Jacqui90:  I would recommend the following modest goals over the next 6 months:

1) Achieving at least a B in every college class for the semester.

2) Lose one pound per week average over 6 months (24 pounds in 6 months is very doable!)  Try the 30 day shred and check out #5 which I’m guessing is your biggest diet buster.

3) Produce a complete resume within 60 days and apply for 5 jobs per week starting in mid-May and until the end of the 6 months.  Check out your local Craigslist, Monster, and Career Builder.  Also, apply in person at local restaurants and shops.  Even a part time job would go a long way at building some independence from your parents.

4) Save up enough money over 6 months to purchase your learner’s license again.  Set aside $5-10 every time your parents provide you with money.  Ask anyone and everyone if they will help you out with the requisite number of driving hours.  100 hours is lot to depend on one person but spread across 2-3 people is much more manageable.

5) Phase out junk food to one day per week.  We try to cook our own food and eat healthy Monday through Friday when we pack lunches and plan dinners.  Then we pick Saturday or Sunday to be our splurge day when we can eat whatever we want.  Try to figure out which healthy snacks you like and have them available all the time so they are an easy option over the junk food.  If your parents buy you junk food during their trips to the store, give them healthier options and ask them to please stop buying the junk food for you.  Also, cut out sodas and surgary drinks.  Even diet soda is bad for you.  Work on replacing your sodas with water or tea.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

For food, how about trying to follow an 80/20 rule such as eating junk food 2 days out of the week, or 1 portion of junk food a day (not sure how much you eat), and then decreasing the frequency/amount of junkfood. I think quitting cold turkey would be difficult because things happen, birthdays, special events, a cookie from a friend, etc. Since you like to walk, maybe go on longer walks, or take a walk between classes. 

I think one to two months before the semester is over would be good if you wanted to wait. It can take time to find a job, so allowing yourself some wiggle room would be less stressful than finding yourself with all this time and struggling to find work. Depending on what type of job, making you can start with just 4 hours a week now, and then bump it up as school finishes.

And relearning to drive sounds like a great goal! Maybe start off slowly and just practice practice practice. Could be a nice way to spend time with your dad or FI or helpful friend too. And it could keep you busy and feel accomplished.

 

I really like the advice and the way the above poster laid out some goals.

Maybe you have heard of SMART goals?

http://topachievement.com/smart.html 

I’ve found this style of goal-setting to be helpful. 

Feel free to message me anytime if you need some more brainstorming ideas. It’s always helpful to just hear other ideas that might spark some of your own.

And lastly, I’d just like to applaud you on working on your physical/mental/emotional health. It takes a wise and strong person to do that, so I think you’re on the right path!

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