Mindful Monday – Healthy Living: Setting Realistic #Goals for 2016

Welcome to Mindful Monday – Healthy Living! Each week I try to examine new or sometimes old things about myself on my journey to becoming healthier. I have found that being mindful encompasses the act of being watchful, aware, wary, heedful, alert, careful, or attentive, in whatever area in my life I feel it applies to, as I attempt to live in the present. Come and join me on my journey. You never know what you will learn about yourself.

…to all of you who have left comments and cheered me on and are interested in accompanying me on this journey to healthy living! Together, we can offer support and ideas to make this road to “healthy,” a fun journey!

Happy New Year everyone! Now, that we have the holiday’s behind us it time to make a few decisions on planning our healthy living journey for this year. Have you done that yet?

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No… Well, the first question I asked myself, was what do I hope to achieve? Do I want to lose weight? If so, how much? Do I want to eat better? Do I want to exercise more? Do I want it all?

Yes, actually I do want it all. I want to immerse myself into the whole idea of becoming more healthy. However, I want to do it in such a way that the change is not too overpowering. It is human nature to resist change, so I have to play a mind game with myself…

Start small!


You know how most New Year’s you start out making a bunch of rash and outlandish resolutions that you never keep anyway? Don’t do that!

Instead, get a notebook and write down what you really want. I called mine: Mindful Monday – Healthy Living for 2016. I started with ideas that I knew I could achieve. This will help to build confidence in yourself and you will finish what you started.

I try to start with a list of five things. This is my list for this year to begin my healthy living journey:

  1. Lose 5 pounds.
  2. Create a daily walking program with the dogs.
  3. Eat more vegetables and fruits.
  4. Prioritize your time better to find more time for writing.
  5. Stop writing each day at 4 pm. Spend time with Ron.

When I start small, these items I wish to accomplish do not intimidate me. I feel in control and know that with some due diligence on my part, I can do these simple goals.

Lose 5 Pounds

Notice how I did not say that I wanted to lose 20 pounds? That sounds so daunting! If I say I want to lose 5 pounds, I know I can do that.

Once I have achieved the goal of losing 5 pounds, I will cross it off and change the goal to read another 5 pounds! In this way, I trick myself into following through on small goals. These all add up in the end, so I get what I was after in the long run.

Daily Walking


A daily walking plan is just what I need. I know I am sitting too much and that is never a good thing. I have begun scheduling a walk daily. I have added it to my “TO DO” list on my date planner. I like to see my list crossed off with all the things I have completed. This is another mind game I play with myself to achieve my goals. At the end of the day, I am happy if my list is completed.

Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

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Ron and I gave each other a NutriBullet RX this year for Christmas. This is more than a blender. It even makes soup – hot soup! I am excited to begin making smoothies again. I do well with one meal each day replaced with a smoothie or a bowl of soup.

Make Time for Writing a Priority


Part of pursuing a healthy lifestyle is taking the time to do the things you love. I love to write and create, as most of you also do. Why don’t we spend more time with our craft then? I have vowed this year to spend less time on social media and more time writing and perfecting my love for the written word. Make it a priority and it will happen!

Find an End to Your Day



Find time to spend with those you love the most. Step away from the computer. Get off social media. Put your phone down. Let your brain decompress. Relax and get ready for a bedtime ritual. This will ensure that you have a fabulous night’s sleep to begin your new day tomorrow!

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Like most of you, Ron and I celebrated the holidays in style. We decided that we would eat some of the dishes that we don’t normally have throughout the year. We made beef stew, homemade bread, chocolate cake, cookies, lasagna, and even had some yummy cocktails.

What was really interesting was after a couple of days of eating all the richer foods I found myself craving my salad and soups again.

Yes, I gained weight, but that 4 pounds was some of the most enjoyable weight I have ever gained! I think part of being healthy is indulging once in a while. That does not mean that you do this type of eating daily or even weekly.

Try to pace yourself and enjoy holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries. Healthy and happy go hand in hand. If you don’t enjoy the good times in life, how do you determine when those times exist? If each day is exactly the same you have nothing to look forward to.

If you would like to join me in your own healthy living journey, please do. Use whatever program works for you. You do not even have to follow a program if you don’t want to. The whole idea is to start thinking about ways that you can become healthier and fit. This includes going gluten-free, fat-free, lactose-free, starting an exercise program, or even a new way of eating such as becoming a vegetarian. If it has to do with becoming healthy, write about it!

Link to my post with a ping back each week in a separate post on your own blog. I will add your blog to a list of healthy living supporters that others can visit to gain motivation on each of my Mindful Monday posts. Together we can become healthier!

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Remember, this is not a challenge.  Each of us has different goals that we wish to attain. This is an offering of support and a place where my online community can come to participate in attaining a healthy lifestyle.  If you would like to join in with your own Mindful Monday – Healthy Living goals you can do so in the comments, or on a separate post of your own making.  If you want to link back to my post, please feel free to do so, however, it is not necessary.  My main aim here is to give and get support to become more mindful of my journey to healthy living.

Thanks for being part of my fabulous journey to a healthy lifestyle. Don’t forget to share your goals for 2016 and share your journey. ❤ Together we can do it!


44 thoughts on “Mindful Monday – Healthy Living: Setting Realistic #Goals for 2016

  1. Colleen, this echoes so many of my own ‘goals’ for the coming months it’s spooky, even down to losing five pounds as I indulged in the chocolates and sweets rather too much during the holidays! Particularly during the TV dramas such as Downton Abbey etc. I used to go for walks every day – no dogs to accompany me but sometimes a friend – and I have started following an online yoga class which is superb. Wishing you peace and enjoyment in your goals and enjoy that all important writing. 😀

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      • Colleen, I have done a yoga calluses before with but they are often so over-subscribed and everyone was squashed into one hall. Not ideal. I read about Adrienne in the newspaper and she is so reassuring and comforting – no pressure so I’ve really enjoyed following along on the online ‘Boot Camp’ Course this year – not many days yet I know but I feel very positive about it. She goes into the spiritual side of the yoga a bit too which I like. The youtube link is this – I apologise in advance if it comes up too big or anything, please feel free to edit.

        I hope you enjoy the ‘lessons’ as much as I am doing. 😀

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  2. Hi Colleen Happy New Year. Good luck with your goals mine will be 5Ibs to start, A daily walk on the beach the plan is too get out early by 7.30am and then to come back have breakfast and write for 3 hrs.The afternoon will be e-mails/social media for 1 hour.Reading until 5pm then swim and a sundowner( one only) then dinner and relax. It’s on my white board for everyone to see. Good Luck with yours 🙂

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  3. Great tips, Colleen. It’s so important to start small…avoid the failure that will derail it all ! I need to pay attention to having more vegetables. I’m great with fruit, but when I add more veggies, the pounds seem to come off easily. Happy New Year, New Goals !! ❤️

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  4. You definitely have your year ahead looking great, Colleen! I wish you all the best in 2016! I, too, need to make some of those resolutions especially about getting off social media and emails that are in the 1000’s each day. I feel overwhelmed with them and am constantly deleting! Need to stop at a reasonable time each day and spend quality time with my hubbie. He would like that! Thanks for your list that has given me motivation to do better in 2016! Hugs xo

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    • Jan, I finally had to stop all the emails. I was so overwhelmed I could not enjoy writing. I am using the reader now to find blogs. Also, I have a list of blogs that I try to visit at least once a week by just finding them in Google. So much easier. This is supposed be fun right? LOL! If we plan our day, and work our plan we should be able to get everything done we want to accomplish. All the posting on Facebook and Twitter of your books for sale, may I ask… does it really help? I often wonder if we are just marketing to our friends. What do you think?

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  5. Happy New Year to you too. I have a new “baby” and Mindful Monday moved there :-). I love your approach to your goals in 2016. They sound like a plan that will work. You go girl! I have managed to go for a walk in my break as planned. The weather allowed it. It was “just” half an hour but I did it :-). Read more about my plans here: http://aspiritofhealing.com/?p=47

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  6. Loved your post! One of my daughters recently became a vegetarian and I find that I’m more mindful now of the foods the entire family is eating. Though I make something for her to eat when the rest of us have meals with meat, I’m making fewer meals with meat so that we can all eat the same foods together. So her decision is having a healthy impact on all of us. Happy to be on this journey with you!

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  7. I like the idea of writing down goals – makes you more accountable. Small goals sounds so much more attainable than to set larger goals. Food diary – a must! Exercise routine – so easy to say I’ll do it tomorrow, but if it’s on your calendar there are no excuses. I can do this!

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