Monday, January 2, 2012

Let's do this!

Yeah!  My first Blog post!  I am SO excited.  The title of my Blog comes from the notes that I leave my family on weekend mornings to let them know why I'm not home if they wake up.  I'll grab a piece of scrap paper and scribble "went running" before heading out the door for an early morning run. 

Exactly two years ago I started my journey to change my lifestyle and get healthy.  It's a journey that I continue on today and one that I know will be one that lasts a lifetime (I'll share what led to the start of that journey in a later post.)  As a working mom with two young children and a husband with a chronic health condition, I was short on time and money.  As a result I have had to find creative ways to incorporate healthy choices into my daily life.  Sound stressful?  Absolutely not!  It's been the exact opposite - I'm having a blast!

I'm excited to start recording my ideas, my successes, my flops and my experiences in order to share them with others.  My hope is that others will share their lives with me.  Learning from others is the best way!

So here is one of the first ideas that started me on my journey:  Start with a small goal.  It's the beginning of a new year and many people make resolutions.  However, people often set themselves up for failure by setting a goal that is WAY to BIG.  For example - "I'm going to lose 50 pounds this year."  While that is a goal that is achievable, it is going to take a long time to get there.  It's easy to get frustrated or lose focus.  I'd start much smaller than that - "I'm going to lose 5 pounds before the end of this month."  When I achieve that goal I can celebrate and feel really good about what I've accomplished.  Then I do it again.  I like the quote by Louis Sachar - "It is better to take many small steps in the right direction than to make a great leap forward only to stumble backward."

My first goal for this year is this - I will set my health goals for 2012 by Friday, January 6th.  (Ha!Ha!  Remember that I mentioned being a working mom with two kids and a husband?)  That seems achievable to me! 


  1. Fantastic! I need your inspiration, Lisa! This working mom with two kids has an unhealthy hubby and is in the midst of a health-related downward spiral that I can't seem to shake! I'm going to try to follow this blog and better yet, try to follow your running footsteps this year. Thanks sister. (Not sure why my profile name includes my family minus daughter, including dog!)

  2. I would like to say that Lisa is the person who motivated ME to learn to run - something I had never been able to do before. Lisa, you changed my life, my self-confidence level, my outlook on my own abilities. I still loathe running but I love the fact that I can do it! The results aren't too bad either! Forever grateful to you! Cheers to your new adventure into the blogging world! Hugs!

  3. You don't know how bad I need this! Thank you for listening to God's prompting! Even from miles and miles are still an encouragement to me! Go Lisa Go!!
    Love you!