Ready, Set, GOALS! The Link Up

New Year, New You. Set goals and then make them happen! @shrinkingjeans

Hello Shrinkers!!  If you were paying attention, a couple of days ago Lissa challenged all of us to come up with goals for the next 8 weeks for our new weight loss challenge.  Did you come up with yours?  Did you blog about them?  Well, it’s time to link up!

Now I know from reading the comments on Lissa’s post that some of you linked up over there.  If you don’t mind, could you please link up again here?  Thanks!  There’s a cool Linky Tools gadget below where you can add them.  By putting them all here together, it’ll be easy at the end of the challenge to go back and see how we all did with meeting our goals.

If you haven’t already decided on your goals and written them out, now’s the time!  As a remember, make them specific! Don’t just list the goal, but list your plans on how you’ll accomplish it, too.  Be as detailed as possible because the more you can map out your plan, the more likely you are to reach your goals.  To help you out, here are my goals for the challenge:

Weight Loss – Lose 15 pounds

  • Attend my weekly Weight Watchers meeting unless I’m sick or out of town.
  • Track my food every day — good, bad, or ugly.
  • Drink at least 64 oz. of non-carbonated beverages every day (water, juice, milk, etc.)


  • Complete at least 200 minutes of intentional exercise per week.
  • Wear my Fitbit every day.
  • Make use of the extensive collection of mostly unused (oops!) fitness DVDs I have by trying one new workout per week.

Well, those are my goals.  Now, don’t forget, you need to reward yourself as part of this process, too!  I’m on a Spending Diet this year, so my reward for meeting my goals will be going for a deluxe spa pedi.  Seriously, after giving up my beloved biweekly pedicures for the year, being able to get one at the end of this challenge is a HUGE motivation to make sure I meet my goals. LOL

Ok, so now is the time to link up. The link up list will only be available until 11:59pm CT next Friday night (Jan. 11), so be sure to get your link added soon.  Once you’ve added your own link, be sure to stop by some of the blogs of your fellow challengers to check out their goals and encourage them.

Here’s to a GREAT challenge!!

  • Kari Lewallen

    I must be crazy, I’m not seeing a Linky Tools gadget to sign up. Can someone help?

    • LissaJoy

      The linky tools server is down this morning, apparently! Hoping it’s fixed soon!

    • LissaJoy

      Maybe just leave your link here in the comments for now! Sorry!

  • Andrea Levesque

    Since I don’t have a blog, I’m following Lissa’s suggestion from the previous post and writing a comment about my goals, instead of linking to a blog:

    Weight Loss: Lose 10 lbs (that will have me down 20 lbs by my birthday on Feb 28th)

    Health/Fitness Goals to achieve this weight loss:
    1) Drink at least 6 cups of water per day
    2) Exercise at least 30 mins per day (C25K program on 3 days and Wii Fit on others)
    3) Being mindful about what I’m eating and choosing “cleaner” options for my fave foods
    4) Make sure I’m eating all my meals/snacks on time as much as possible.
    5) When I weigh-in, posting about my success/failure on this site and with my group on FB…it helps keep me honest! ;-)

    Much success to those who are on this journey!!

    • LissaJoy

      Awesome goals, Andrea! You can do it!

  • rlaural

    I have no idea how to blog. Kindof sad I know. Can we just comment on the link?

    • LissaJoy

      Yes! That’s fine!

  • Ellison

    I don’t have a blog either. So I am writing them out here.

    Lose 20lbs- Drink at least 86 oz of water a day. Exercise 5 days a week. Avoid fast food and cook at home. Track what I’m eating in My Fitness Pal no matter what.

    • LissaJoy

      Great goals! I love MFP!

  • Erin Perry Perdu

    No blog for me…so here are my goals for the 8 weeks (I have goals for the whole year too):

    Lose 8 lbs by:

    Attending all of my WW meetings

    Tracking EVERY BITE that goes in my mouth…if I’m not honest I am only cheating myself, no one else

    Getting the fitness gadget at my WW meeting and incorporating fitness back into my life (and wearing it every day!)

    Checking in with my partner every day for support :)

  • stacey

    I don’t blog either but some of my goals are:

    To lose 20+ pounds by being more active
    Tracking all the food I eat
    Drink more water (that means cutting out all soda)
    Stop telling myself that I will start tomorrow!

  • Lindsey R

    No blog here :)
    #1 goal: NO MORE EXCUSES!!! I always give myself an excuse to not take care of myself, it stops this year, and I am going to take care of me for me :) I will continue going tothe gym for circuit training three times a week, I will exercise on my off days at the gym, which right now is C25K(I will finish it this time); I will stop putting “junk” in my mouth. MFP is my new BFF. I will live it and love it!!

    #2 goal: refer to number one please :)

  • Amanda Koopman

    1) stop focusing on the weight, focus on the getting fit

    2)increase my water intake to 6 or more glasses a day

    3)increase my fruit and veggie intake by substituting junk for the good stuff and prepping my veggies ahead of time so i can just grab and go

    4)do my exercises everyday-reward, fitting into that pair of jeans i have that are two sizes too small (my 8 year old is making sure i exercise in the morning before she goes to school, evil child lol)

    5)don’t give up if my bad habits creep up and i accidentally have that soda or cookie, just work harder the next day

  • Janelle Britton

    Since I don’t have a blog, I’ll post my goals here as well.
    1) Finish Shaun T’s Insanity fitness program. I’m already to day 7…I can do this.
    2) Stop judging my progress completely by the number on the scale. Yes, that number is important, but it doesn’t always tell the whole story. I’m going to focus more on how I look, feel, & how my clothes fit.
    3) Lose 25+ pounds by the summer. My cousin is getting married in July & I’m a bridesmaid so I want to look good for her wedding. I know I can achieve that so long as I track what I’m eating on MyFitnessPal & exercise at least 5 days a week. No excuses.
    4) Go for lifetime fitness, not a specific number on the scale. This isn’t a “I’ll be happy when I reach this specific weight” or “I just need to get to this weight and I can relax.” No, I’m looking to be fit for the rest of my life.
    5) Appreciate my small victories. Focus on winning the fitness battle today. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. I’ll get there. If I fail one day, I’m not going to beat myself up. I’m going to put it behind me and move on.

    I’m going to be 21 in less than two weeks. I’m young & I don’t want to spend these years carrying excess weight. Good luck to everyone else taking on this journey! Let’s do it! :)

  • Kim Prytherch
  • Riquise Barley Yay for Goals!!!!

  • Lilly J.

    2013 Goals:

    1. Complete my half marathon later this month without passing out….no goal time, I just want to finish :)

    2. Continue losing weight by eating healthy, balanced, and fresh meals 80% of the time. Instead of being on a diet, I want to learn to make healthy choices. This means eating more veggies and eating less processed, pre-packaged food.

    3. Learn to cook new foods. Eating healthy, homemade food at least 5 days a week will force me to think outside the box and explore new meals and foods. Maybe try a new recipe a couple times a month?

    4. Exercise at least 5 days a week. I will exercise by doing things I enjoy vs. forcing myself on an elliptical for an hour. I will try to make it to group classes such as Zumba and Turbokick at least 3 days a week. The other 2 days, I will strength train and get outside. I tend to do most of my workouts indoors, so another goal of mine is to get outside and enjoy the California weather even if I just take a walk around the block.

    5. By the end if the year, I would like to be fit and confident enough to sign up for another half marathon but this time I want to aim for a goal time :)

  • Kirsti

    2013 Goals:
    1. Do one daily strengthening routine.

    2. Do Couch to 5K 3x per week

    3. Eat plant based only 2 days/week

  • DianaLourdes
  • Sarah

    Stay strong and keep fit!

  • mona V.

    I want to feel confident and sexy in my clothes and even better naked! To show my husband I still care about looking good for him :). I want to get toned and lose the baby pooch by working my @#% off because I deserve to be the person I envision when I look in the mirror. I’ll eat that hummus and celery when all really want is a fat burger with bacon.

    To get past the point of junk food cravings and self loathing and look forward to the chances I have to just get up and go! Before I know it, being healthy and active is what I do. My husband will see the energy I have and will be encouraged to join me in just getting happy for ourselves and our son.

  • Catherine

    Weight Loss Goal: To lose 25 lbs.
    * Follow my food program (medifast)
    * Increase water to around 100 oz.
    * Take my vitamins/supplements
    * FOCUS on the day ahead. Don’t get discouraged if I slip. Remember my
    mantra: “You’re not getting away with anything if you eat that

    Fitness Goals:
    * Jan.- Play Just Dance or go on a walk each day.
    Do the Jan. calendar exercises
    * Feb.-Activate my gym membership and start Zumba
    Start the Wii exercise thing I got for Christmas
    Do the Feb. calendar exercises

  • Heather Walton

    Hey everyone .. check out my blog that has my goals set on there… feel free to follow me on the blog… follow me on Fitness Pal at ehvball00 … or on Twitter @aHeatherW … Let’s team up.. we can do this everyone

  • Rachelle M

    No blog for me, so here’s my goals:
    1. To lose 10 lbs during the challenge..15 lbs by summer.
    2. Drink a lot more water and no more soda.
    3. Eat more fruits and veggies and cut out sweets/candy (my weakness!)
    4. Complete the C25K program during the challenge and continue on to complete a half-marathon in September.
    5. Exercise a minimum of 5 days per week…3 days running and 2 days walking/yoga/exercise videos.
    6. Overall my goal is to overhaul my more dieting, just eating healthy, drinking lots of water, exercising, stressing less and enjoying life more!

  • Becky-Jorge Soto

    Goals, wow, I must say I have a lot of them. I want to lose some weight but most importantly I just want to get fit. I plan on accomplishing this my creating a routine that I can stick with. I have downloaded the myfitnesspal app and the endomondo app. Now I am looking for a good app that can help me keep more detailed track of my measurements. That way even if I don’t see weight come off if I at least see changes in my body it will keep me motivated. I am also going back to school. So want to find techniques to help me study and work smarter not harder. I want to be a better wife and mother. Will wirk on that. Want to be more organized. Will look up techniques to help me do that. This is a start. I have a blog and am considering tracking my progress but I haven’t really been good at keeping up with it. Will send link soon.

  • Sharon

    Long post – sorry – my first post!
    Find myself again=happy Sharon, happy house.
    I have lost myself along the way, over the years.
    I’ve suddenly snapped out of it and found myself 30-40
    pounds overweight and out of shape. How did this happen?

    Overall, 2013 means more, much more, attention to ME. That
    devil that sits on my shoulder telling me that is selfish ideology and I can
    never do it has just been flicked off! I deserve to be happy and healthy ! I
    know that means sacrifice and life change but it is all for the good –
    everyone’s good – all the way around – so here goes:
    Goal for the next 8 weeks of this challenge (I need to focus
    on the near-to-hand TO STAY FOCUSED – historically my problem me focus) to start my journey to my ultimate goal: lose 20 lbs. (working harder for more but trying to be realistic too) by my son’s high school graduation mid-June 2013 – about 23 weeks away!
    Lose 8 pounds, concentrating on a pound a week, working
    harder for more.

    How: tracking/journaling food, following the Weight
    Watcher’s the philosophy and using the fitness calendars in addition to bike
    aerobic workouts and walking to start (lower back injury in December has set me back a little on more physical activity right now). Carving out – NO – SCHEDULING time for ME daily to accomplish these things just like any other appointment or “to do” for work, the kids or hubby.

    Of course tracking everything in a spreadsheet -after all, I am SPREADSHEET GIRL!
    I can do this. We can all do this together. I (we) are not
    alone in this! Thank you Shrinking Jean Staff and ESPECIALLY my NYNR teammate – MARY!!!! You are truly someone I look up to
    and admire! You’re always providing me with tools to improve! I love you!
    New Year=New Rear!!!!!!! Together we CAN all do it!

    • Mary P. in Baltimore

      OK Shar, you got me all choked up now! YOU GOT THIS! And the time for and focus on YOU is NOT NEGOTIABLE!!! We’re on it!

  • Elisha Dew

    I linked my blog post, but it was about goals for the year instead of goals for this challenge. Specifically, my goals for the next 8 weeks are:
    1. Complete at least one round of Whole30
    2. Exercise at least 3x per week
    3. Hire a personal trainer OR sign up for a class
    4. Lose 10 pounds

  • Sherry

    My goal for the next 8 wks are to
    lose 8 lbs by
    boxing at least 3x week
    tracking In my food journal
    drink 64 oz h2o daily
    doing monthly challenges you provide
    eating more fruits & veggies
    Good Luck Everyone!!!

  • Heather

    You’ll never believe it, but I BLOGGED. Holy shit.

    • Lisa

      I don’t believe it : ). Lisa

  • Kahleel Hamilton

    Hi all, I am joing this challenge too and just blogged about my goal.
    Please feel free to check out my blog and follow along on my journey. I will be following along with you to gain inspiration and support. Good luck!

  • Anna Wegner

    Haven’t been blogging lately, so I’ll post here.

    1. Be more intentional in eating. (for hunger/health, not emotional/social/habit). Portion control.

    2. Drink water 64 oz/day, more when it’s hot.

    3. Eat more salt. (Weird, I know. It’s under doctors orders. I have low blood pressure.)

    4. Keep moving. Biking, walking or treadmill 3-4xs a week.

    5. Stretches & calisthenics 4-5xs a week.

  • Margo

    Still very new to the whole blogging thing, however if you would like to follow my journey my blog is Have a great day! Way to go everyone!

  • Donna Freeman

    Have never blogged before…
    1. Exercise everyday
    2. Eat healthy
    3.Try to drink more water

  • Sara Flasher

    I do not have a blog…so here goes :)
    #1 Track my intake…EVERY day, EVERY bit
    #2 Drink a minimum of 90 ounces of water a day
    #3 Exercise at least 3 times a week
    #4 Continue to decrease the amount of artificial sweetners and processed foods in my diet
    #5 Lose at least 10 pounds in the next 8 weeks….my long term goal is to goal is to lose a TOTAL of 38 pounds

  • amanda a

    hi i dont blog either yet
    my goals are to lose 15 pounds by the end.
    i will do cardio 4-5 days a week, and do the ab challenge
    stop drinking pop and eating chocolate, watch my portions! Track my food. drink more water. 85 oz

  • sensible.sara

    Hoping that sharing my goals will help me obtain them!!!
    Wear my fitbit everyday
    take 10000 steps each day
    allow only 2 soda a week
    lose 10 pounds in the next 8 weeks, lose a total of 30 by June
    weight train 3 times a week
    cardio 5 times a week

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  • Diane W

    I don’t have a public blog so here are my goals:

    — Focus on one month at a time. This month I hope to…

    1. Lose 8 pounds (or more) 4% of my body weight

    2. drink 8 glasses of water a day

    3. track all my foods and calories & continue to use the Lose It app

    4. journal about my successes and failures

    5. follow the hate loss challenge and explore my emotional eating and learn to love myself more

    6. prep my foods and plan all my meals so there are no surprises and no binges because I am hungry

    7. exercise every day, whether it be 20 minutes on the treadmill or my exercise ball routine…just move a little more!

    8. Stop eating after dinner since I have recognized it is not really hunger but a bad routine born out of boredom and fatigue.

  • Tami H

    My goals are:

    1. Get 7 hours of sleep per night.
    2. Exercise at least 30 mins per day, 6 days per week. I am doing the C25K Challenge as well. Including weight training with the cardio.

    3. Drink half my body weight in ounces of water per day.

    4. Track my food and exercise with My Fitness Pal.

    5. Lost 15 pounds or more.

    6. Remind myself everyday that I am worth this!

  • K8

    Here are my goals:
    1) Track my food/exercise daily on MFP
    2) Get at least 5 workouts in a week
    3) Continue the mile-a-day challenge
    4) Take 15 mins a day to do something creative
    5) Eat more veggies!
    6) Lose 15lbs or more
    7) Motivate my teammate everyday! We got this!