Our 2nd Whole30 | Goals

Let me start by saying that I think New Years resolutions are ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous. I mean really, come on, does anyone actually know someone, anyone, who made a new years resolution and actually stuck with it? For an entire year??? I rest my case. Ridiculous!

But….I do believe in goals. I believe HIGHLY in goals. I believe in writing them out, taping them to my bathroom mirror, putting a copy in my car, emailing them, blogging about them, telling everyone I know about them, reading them everyday. I believe in having a plan, having a schedule, knowing the temptations that will arise, having a plan a b and c, and as a result ACHIEVING my goals.

I mean, come on, isn’t the point of making a goal to ACHIEVE that goal? We’re not talking wishful thinking here people, we’re talking about being REAL!!! This is certainly not an out to make an easy goal. For instance, a goal is not “brush my teeth everyday”. People!!! Please brush your teeth everyday…but don’t make it a goal. Can I use the word again? Ridiculous! A goal is meant to be met. It is also meant to be HARD.

Make a goal. A real goal. An achievable goal. A hard goal. Make a goal that changes your life for the better. Make a goal that changes the people’s lives around you for the better. Make a goal that CHALLENGES you on a daily basis. A REAL goal. Like we did. And please, keep it SIMPLE.

Ladies and gentlemen, without further adieu :::::::: our “Whole Family” January 2012 Whole30 GOALS!!!!!

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1. As a family we are embarking on our 3rd Whole30 for the month of January.

We are going into this whole30 with very clear heads, knowing that it will be a challenge, but a good one. We know what to expect, we know what’s involved, and we’re jumping in with both feet. We all know that there will be temptations but we have a plan and come hell or high water we’re going to stick with it. Can I get anymore REAL about it? I also am striving on this whole30 to cut out the “nightshade” foods. Melissa and Dallas over at Whole9 recommend that if you have an autoimmune condition or inflammatory symptoms to cut out the nightshade foods to see if you might be sensitive to them. Since I have gut issues that I haven’t been able to resolve, the kids and I are all highly sensitive to gluten, and Jeremiah has type 1 diabetes, we are going to add in this extra step and hope that it makes an even bigger difference on our health.

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2. Our “Whole Family” has committed to studying God’s Word everyday, first thing in the morning.

This has been our goal every month and although I would love to tell you that it no longer needs to be a goal because it’s so much of a daily ritual, like brushing our teeth (there that is again!), it’s not. So we make it a goal. We make a commitment. We make a plan. We make a schedule. We know the temptations that will arise (and you better believe they will) and are armed to fight them off. As for the details: Brandon and I will be reading the bible together everyday. Brandon will lead the whole family in a daily devotional mainly from the book Long Story Short. Jeremiah will continue to study the book of Daniel through his Kay Arthur kid’s study guide. I will also continue to study the book of Daniel through my precept upon precept study with my girls. Shiloh will be listening to a story daily through her new bible that comes with cd’s, The Jesus Storybook Bible.

I hope I’m not making this sound easy, because I know it WILL NOT be. It really won’t. We are in a season where we need prayer…a lot of it, we need to pray, we need to be focusing on God’s Word and not our own words, we need to put our focus back where it should be….on God. it won’t be easy but I know that even when we are not faithful, God is. I hope that when I just don’t want to, when I find other things that I deem to be more important, when I’d rather go out for coffee, when I’d rather sleep in, that I remember our goal. That I remember the blessings that come from being obedient. That I remember that this is GOOD.

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3. Exercise!!!

Yes, we will be exercising!!! Brandon has joined a gym that is literally 2 minutes (really) from our house and is open 24 hours. Can’t get any easier than that! He plans on being there 3 times a week and has a goal of losing at least 15 pounds in these 30 days. He really is quite determined to do that and our whole family can’t wait to see how well he does. I am training for a relay half-marathon and a 10k mud run in May so I will be doing some running along with speed work once a week. This is not the easiest thing for me to be committing to as it is pretty darn cold in the early morning hours, and I am not a natural born runner like my runner friends, but I’m committing to dragging my lazy butt out there and working hard. I also am continuing with my TRX training and I am super excited to be joining a Crossfit gym. I’ll let y’all know how it goes! I want to be stronger. I don’t want to bulk up, but build lean muscle. I want to beat my sister Jenny at arm wrestling. I know, I know. Jeremiah is joining us in our exercise goals as he trains for a 2 mile run at the end of the month. He has now competed in a duathlon, a 1 mile race, and a 1/2 mile race. He is super pumped to move up the chain and compete in a 2 miler. Of course, I’ll be running with him which makes it all the more fun.

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4. Shiloh wanted to add in a personal goal that we will be joining her in: To be nice to people.

In her own words: “I want to be nice to people and if somebody looks bad I’m not going to tell them ‘you look bad’, I’m not going to tell them that. I’m just going to tell them ‘you look wonderful’.”

Yep Shiloh. Gotta love the sincerity of a 5 year old.

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So we have our goals set! They won’t be easy to meet, but we WILL meet them. I challenge you to make your own now! Start small. Start manageable. Just START.

I look forward to being encouraged by your amazing results. I hope our journey encourages you and your family.

Remember, this is not a fantasy, we don’t live in a bubble, this won’t be easy. This is REAL. Very, very REAL. This will be a challenge. There will be daily temptations.

But we WILL do it. You WILL do it. We will SUCCEED together. As a “Whole Family”.

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Hello, I'm Jacque. Thanks for stopping by! At Whole Family Strong our desire is to challenge you to get back to the basics both spiritually and physically, as a family. We hope to encourage your family to eat whole foods, exercise, and dig into the word, together. Friends, let's walk this journey together as we continue to make our own whole family strong.

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  1. says

    I popped over from CaveMomma’s blog. I’m going to bookmark your blog and follow your Whole30 journey. I am not ready for that level of commitment yet, but am inspired by those who are! How blessed you are to have your whole family along for the ride.

  2. says

    looking forward to the journey of 2012 in following what He has in store for us. Love it: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

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