Goal Digging

Goal #2 Making Healthy Choices

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My second goal for 2019 is all about the road to being healthy and losing weight. This doesn’t just mean becoming thinner, but also healthier, which will result in less joint stress and a better overall quality of life.

I have lost a little over 27 pounds since I started my weight loss journey last summer. And though my weight has gone down steadily for the most part, I still need to lose approximately 100 more pounds.

Weight Watchers

While I don’t think I will lose that much this year, below I list the steps I am taking in an effort to make good progress towards it:

  1. Accountability – In August of 2018, I joined Weight Watchers (WW). Their weekly weigh-ins keep me motivated and hold me accountable.
  2. Planning Meals – Knowing what I’m going to eat each day is half the battle. Having a plan in place keeps me on track.
  3. Prepping Meals – Having ready-made meals not only lets me stick to my diet while I’m at work, but it allows me to avoid drive-thrus and provides more “me” time in the evenings.
  4. Tracking Food – Since joining WW, I have consistently tracked my foods. Doing this has kept me aware of how much and what I have eaten.
  5. Working Out – Doing Zumba four times a week has increased my metabolism and range of motion. Plus, I have learned some cool new dance moves.
  6. Standing – Sitting all day is not good for anyone’s health. Soon, I will begin using a stand-up desk at work (like this one). Until it arrives, I will keep using my Apple Watch’s “stand” notice to alert me to get up and stretch my legs.
  7. Mammogram – While this isn’t in the weight loss category, it does fit in with my health goals. I’ve been putting this off long enough, and I will get one done before year’s end.

As I move closer to my weight loss and health goals each week, my hope is that in spite of my Rheumatoid Arthritis, I will continue to move better and be able to enjoy life to its fullest.

Did you set any health-related goals this year? I would love to hear about them. Please leave them in the comments.

Healthy Living


  • Ellen Sedberry

    First, I want to tell you that you’re doing great. Congrats on the weight loss.

    I’m trying to eat smaller portions, as well as eating more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains; and less meat and processed foods. Just need to work in some exercise.

    • Karen Morris

      Thank you! Small changes add up over time to big results. When I look at how much food we used to prepare compared to actual serving sizes, there’s a huge difference. An added bonus is that smaller portion sizes also means food lasts longer and you don’t have to shop as often.

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