Monday, July 1, 2013

Goal Setting for the Rest of the Year

I am setting some goals for the second half of the year.

Looking back over the first 6 months of 2013 I am pretty happy with the way things have gone and with the progress I have made, both in my nutrition and my fitness.

I am not usually one to look back, to grade my efforts or ever have regrets.  I like to forge ahead; to make improvements, plan new adventures, set new goals, climb new mountains.

But today I am checking my rear view mirror.

And I see that I  have adopted a food plan that I am extremely happy with and makes me feel good.  And I have come to enjoy an exercise philosophy that works for me and fits me and challenges me.  It works my heart and lungs with running and walking and full body interval work, and it strengthens my arms and shoulders and back and legs and core with resistance work.

I feel stronger, more confident, more playful and more flexible.  There is no drudgery or foreboding or dread... only excitement, determination, and joy.

And I have been putting my one word mantra for the year, KAIZEN, into good practice.  KAIZEN… daily improvement in Japanese.


When I came across a book called The Primal Blueprint a short time ago, I realized that I am in fact already living the 10 guidelines – the blueprint - and was quite pleased to find them articulated so concisely… I know that these 10 points are going to be the focus of the rest of my year… heck, likely the rest of  my life!

June 25 Primal Blueprint 001

  1. Eat Lots of Plants and Animals
  2. Avoid Poisonous Things
  3. Move Frequently at a Slow Pace
  4. Lift Heavy Things
  5. Sprint Once in a While
  6. Get Adequate Sleep
  7. Play
  8. Get Adequate Sunlight
  9. Avoid Stupid Mistakes
  10. Use Your Brain
and one more of my very own - it is so important to me:


I know I will write more specifically about each of these points as the weeks unfold ahead of me.  But for now, I am just happy to see (and share) the list.

I feel like I have a delicious little secret and just want to savor it for a while.

Are you making plans for the second half of the year?  Do you review?


  1. I am obsessed with MARK and his approach! I have been living that lifestyle for 10 almost 11 years now!!! How nuts! Ha ha, nuts!

  2. That's Mark of Mark's Daily Apple, right? Love is philohophy. My Caveman is a huge fan.
    Here's to an awesome second half!

  3. Thanks for sharing the list and good luck in the second half of the year. I know you will achieve great things!

  4. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. Sounds like you have a great plan for the second half of the year. I need to set some more concrete goals.

  5. I'm with you; I usually try not to regret the past, only to learn from it. It sounds like you have a solid base and you should have smooth sailing for the rest of the year!

  6. I'll agree with you and Kyria too - I try to learn from the past, not to regret it.

    I LOVE those 10 guidelines. I love the way they are worded. So true.


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