This is the third update in a series, following the launch of BlogHer's 2008 Good Health-a-thon. Read about how it began and how you can set goals you can actually attain here.
I don't know about you, but it feels to me as though the month of January has lasted approximately two years. It is just dragggggging on, as though to say, "I know you are trying to make lifestyle changes, so I am going to test your resolve! I am going to make this month last an eternity! Bwahahahaha!" Because I guess January has nothing better to do than taunt all of us and our New Year's resolutions.
The trouble is, if you have your sights set on some major goals (as I do), getting there seems to take forever. For. Ev. Er. Which is why I have to remind myself again and again that setting short-term goals is really quite necessary. Otherwise, I'm going to feel discouraged.
So here is what I'm going to do, and where being a BlogHer is going to make all the difference in the world:
Every week, I'm going to set a healthy goal. Sometimes, it will be weight-related. Sometimes, it won't be. Always, it will be something I know I can do and that I'll feel good for doing. But perhaps most importantly, it's something I'm going to be accountable for. (Gah! "Accountable" is such a scary word!)
Because each week...*drum roll, please*...
...I am going to post my goal on my blog.
Okay, so this isn't the first time anyone's thought of doing something like this, but it's the first time I've decided to get "official" about it. And I'm hoping you'll decide to do it with me. Yeah?
I mean, this is why we have blogs, right? To share, to support, to be all up in each other's business?
Erm, well, maybe not that last part, but you know what I'm getting at: there is a reason we blog, and a certain satisfaction we get from posting regularly: If we blog it, it must be so.
Right then. Here's how we can use our blogs to make it work and stay inspired! In just 4 steps!
1. Review how to set "S.M.A.R.T." Goals.
2. Pick a healthy goal (get some ideas here), and give yourself a reasonable time frame for achieving it: a day, a week, two weeks, a month.
3. Add one of the 2008 BlogHer Good Health-a-thon buttons to your blog. (Accountability!) There's one for "gentle" inspiration (i.e., no "pledging" required), and one that means you'll need to re-set your goals every time you achieve one. Woo hoo! (Buttons and code below).
4. Let us know how you're doing: add your buttoned-blog URL and results to the comments.
So...you ready? I'll add mine if you'll add yours...
(Take that, January!)
Button without pledge:
Or you can get more specific and add this button with a pledge (this requires you hand-enter your goal and due date on your own).
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