Wednesday, June 16, 2010

just a thought

i was preparing a lesson about sacrifice and liked the simple definition the book gave: giving up something good for something better. i like the idea of thinking about that when faced with unhealthy things that look delicious.

and, a question: what do you think about time-sensitive goals? as in, i'm going to lose 15 pounds by christmas. does putting a deadline on it freak you out or motivate you?


Syl said...

Deadlines can be a good motivator. If I don't have a deadline, I feel like I have all the time in the world and I putting off exercising and eating right.

Kathy Haynie said...

A deadline for a weight loss goal is a little tricky, because I only indirectly control the actual weight loss. I can control my exercise, eating, sleep, etc - all definite factors in weight loss - but then the physical and chemical systems within my body have to take it from there.

Personally, I prefer to set timed goals around things I can control, and then know that my body will (hopefully) kick in from there.

By the way, I've been enjoying a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and agave nectar in a 16-oz glass of water several days a week. Very refreshing - it seems to curb my appetite and get my thirst under control. Thanks Marae!

Katie said...

I've heard this definition of sacrifice before and I like it a lot.

As for timed (health) goals, I feel much the same way as my mother. For timed (non health) goals, well, they tend to freak me out a little, but I think they're good for me too.

alee said...

Time-sensitive goals are way too dangerous for me...I usually either start out too strong and can't last OR procrastinate so long that then I never get started. However I do agree that it is helpful sometimes to set time-sensitive goals that I can control for I am going to try x-amount of new recipes by such and such...or I am going to be able to bike 20 miles by the end of the month...etc.

Why do you ask Marae?

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