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December 2015

Step Three: Your Goal Must Be Measurable


Hopefully you now have a written goal in your 2016 goal Journal.  You have given it many specifics, the more the better.

Now it is time to make the goal measurable.  Your measurable goal may look something like this…..

” I would like to lose 10 pounds and 10 inches in my thighs and chest by following the THM plan consistently on a daily basis“.  I will weigh myself on the scale and take body measurements every 2 weeks.  This now makes the goal: Measurable.

By making your goal Specific, you have given it an action plan….by making it Measurable, you have given yourself clear criteria, an objective metric to determine and evaluate if you are achieving your goal or not

Remember: “The secret to getting ahead is getting started”…Mark Twain

Let’s get Lean in 2016!!!!!


Step Two: Your Goal Must Be SPECIFIC


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Yesterday We had you write down your 2016 in your journey2trimnhealthy.  Now we are going to help you make that goal very Specific.

One of the reasons people do not achieve their goals are they are not specific enough.  They are too broad.  By not making the goal specific, it is difficult to take action with it.  Action is what propels us forward and move us toward achieving our goal.

Example: Let’s say your 2016 goal for your journey2trimnhealthy in 2016 is to lose weight.  The goal as it is written is a good goal, and probably millions of Americans have this very same goal for 2016.   Truth: Very few will achieve it.  One reason is…few truly have the desire, and second it is not at all specific enough.

Specificity allows us to put action to the goal.  Just stating you want to lose weight is not enough.

The Goal should look more like this: I would like to lose 10 pounds and 10 inches in my thighs and chest by following the THM plan consistently on a daily basis.


If you are having trouble with this step try answering the following questions; Why…How & What

Why: Do I want this goal: This is your Purpose

How: Actions to help you get there…Daily Actions

What: Am I tying to accomplish

Look at your written goal.  How can you make it more specific?  Put as many specifics in as possible.  List them.  Remember this is YOUR goal, something you desire for yourself.  Own it.  Make it as specific as possible.  The more specific, the more likely you will be to achieve your goal.

What One goal would you want to achieve if you knew you couldn’t fail?

Tomorrow we will look at making your goal:  Measurable


Stock Up On Chicken Breast…..Best Price!!!!


Price Chopper

Calling all Journey Mama’s…. Price Chopper is having an awesome sale on Boneless chicken breast this week for $1.69#. That is the lowest price I’ve seen in a long………looooooooooooooooong time! If you have some extra freezer space you will definitely want to  take advantage of this great price. Please note, this price is for the larger pkgs. If you purchase in smaller quantities the price goes up!!!

I will be stopping by later today after work to get mine. This is such a great price to make some freezer meals with, and  utilize your Crockpot during the Winter months. I love coming home from work and having dinner ready. It is a sure fire way to help me stay on plan!!

Step One: Write Down Your Goal on Paper

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My Christmas Gift

Don’t you just love the Polka Dots?…I LOVE Polka Dots!!

I hope you have been thinking and pondering your goal for 2016 in the area of your journey2trimnhealthy!  I know I have and am very excited for the weeks ahead.

I hope you’ve put some serious thought into it………..

Today we are going to put feet to that dream and you are going to write it down on paper.  This is key…you must WRITE the goal down, and it is best if you write it down with pen and paper.  This very act of writing down your goal is the first step in making that goal a reality.

I encourage you to purchase yourself a Goal Journal.  I have kept one for several years.  It has proved invaluable to me in helping me attain my (our) goals, and my husband & I have achieved some pretty big ones.  For starters, we paid off $27,500 in Credit Card debt in 3 years, while I left my job to homeschool our Son!  It all started with a desire to be debt free and writing down that goal.  We took very specific steps, relied on the Lord, gave feet to our faith, and God blessed in amazing ways…but it all started with that written goal.  There is power in the Written Word.

My Son purchased me the above adorable Journal for Christmas, and it will be my 2016 Goal Journal.  This is not my daily planner.  This is a place where I write my dreams and goals.  List specific actions to help me achieve my goals, then an area to evaluate my progress.  My goal journal is a living breathing entity.  It’s very much like our Budget, alas that’s a whole other post!  My second favorite passion…personal finance!!!   My husband and I have spent the last few weeks talking and sharing about our 2016 goals, and we have set some big ones!  For the last several years, I have chosen a Word and this year I have chosen a year long “Theme” goal.  I will share those with you in an upcoming post…

Grab yourself a warm cup of Joe, a clean sheet of paper, and let’s put some feet to those dreams!

Join us tomorrow as we learn how to write SMART goals…..

The SMART Goal


Several years ago, I started writing goals.  I am a results driven person and very goal oriented.  In fact, it is something I read a fair amount about.  I enjoy reading about successful people and business.  I love reading about the strategy they use to gain success.  Throughout the majority of my reading, there is a common theme.  Successful people write goals, then set out to achieve them.

A few years back, one of my favorite blogs moneysavingmom.com wrote a post regarding SMART goals.  I must have read that post twenty times.  While I had some great success in writing goals and giving our lives direction….I was able to achieve and succeed much more when I applied writing my goals with the SMART goal principles. One of my goals for 2016 is to work smarter not harder.  I just don’t want to be busier…..I want to be Effective.  SMART goals are effective goals.  In other words a goal with a plan!!

If you are new to writing goals or are even thinking about setting goals, this is a great start in helping you achieve your desires.  I hope you are pondering and thinking about your 2016 journey2trimnhealthy goals. This method applies to all goals, but we will be focusing on your Journey goals in this series.

Enjoy your Sunday, and I hope you are able to spend some time thinking about what you would like to achieve in 2016 in your journey2trimnhealthy.

Stop back tomorrow as we start a week long series on writing goals and achieving dreams!!!!!

Planning for 2016


“If someone is going down the wrong road~he doesn’t need motivation to speed him up. What he needs is education to turn him around.”

Jim Rohn

There is something about a New Year…a fresh start…a new beginning…

As the Calendar will soon turn into a New Year, Sandy & I want to share our vision with you for 2016 here at ajourney2trimnhealthy!

2016 is all about You ……

We are going to Encourage, Support & Equip all of US to be the very best version of ourselves in 2016.

January is going to be all about setting goals.  Our blog posts will encourage you to write, plan and prioritize your goals.  Are you someone who writes New Year Resolutions, but finds yourself floundering after the first week?  Overwhelmed and discouraged because you haven’t been able to complete or achieve one of your goals…Stay tuned as we are going to help you with that.

It is a proven scientific fact that those people who write down their goals are over 50% more likely to achieve them than those who don’t.  Those who write down their goal and then take daily action toward achieving that goal…are a Thousand  times more likely to achieve that goal!!!  It has been stated that less than 3% of Americans actually write down goals at all!

For those of you who want to follow along and join us for goal setting in January….Start thinking over the next few days what one goal you would like to achieve in the area of your journey2trimnhealthy in 2016.

Really think & mediate on this question….What is the one goal you want to achieve in the area of your health and wellness in 2016?  This is a personal goal, one that will hold meaning and value to you.  Don’t think of specifics or what you “think” you can or cannot achieve.  This is the dreaming stage……Dream BIG!

Over the next several days, we are going to help you write, plan and execute that goal starting January 1st!!!

Stay tuned as we kick off 2016 together in our Journey 2 Trim N Healthy………………


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We would like to take this wonderful time of the year to say thank you to those who have encouraged us to write and challenge you to have a Journey 2 Trim ‘n’ Healthy…May you enjoy your family & friends…take time to relax and find the joy of Christmas in your heart!


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Quest Strawberry Cheesecake Bars ~ On the Cheap!!


Amazon is offering up a great deal on Quest Nutrition Protein Bar, Strawberry Cheesecake, 20g Protein, 2.1oz Bar, 12 Count!  These are regularly a bit on the pricey side. (I have to admit I have paid over $3.50/each for one of these while out shopping and desperate to stay on plan) Don’t judge……….    A girls gotta do, what a girls gotta do!

They are helpful for those emergency times when you are out and about and don’t want to be a drive thru Sue!

They are $21.95 for a box of 12 shipped with Prime! Making them just a $1.83 shipped to my door. Yep you guessed it, mine are on their way!!!!

P.S. These come in many flavors. The following are the THM approved ones: Double Chocolate Chunk, Cinnamon Roll, Strawberry Cheesecake, Lemon Cream Pie, Coconut Cashew & Banana Nut Muffin

Home Made Sugar Scrub


This week in our local group meeting we had a lot of fun making body scrub with the “White” sugar we are no longer using.  Rather than throwing away the sugar, we found a great way to use it without eating it!

We used the same type of  small jars as pictured above. They work perfectly!

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Exfoliating the skin is a wonderful way to rejuvenate our body’s largest organ.  Yep…our Skin is this wonderful, amazing body’s largest Organ.  The top several layers of our skin is actually dead cells that started growing about 30 days prior.  Gentle skin exfoliation help to increase circulation, stimulate lymphatic drainage, and encourage new skin growth.  It gives our skin a healthy glow.

Mine is in my shower, and I’ve been using it the last 2 weeks.  I love it, and it is very easy to use.  My skin feels so smooth.  Next person in the tubbie use caution…as it can be a bit slippery…

Use 2-3x week.  Use caution around your eyes.  The skin around our eyes is thin and delicate.  The tissue around our eyes thins even more as we age.

 This scrub is environmentally friendly.  No harmful microspheres!  It also makes a wonderful gift.

Surviving the Holidays ~ THM Style

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Hi Chickies…another week closer to Christmas, and still so much to do…I know I am not alone…pace yourselves…babysteps…but most of all ENJOY YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!

It is okay if the Christmas tree is not up or decorated yet…mine is up and has been for a week but is still not decorated.  My last major commitment is serving refreshments on Sunday at church after the Christmas special…but in order to eliminate some of the pressure of my hectic schedule, I called on the teens to do the actual serving so now all I have to do is oversee 🙂  Remember work smarter, not harder 🙂

It is my intention to make cookies next week with my son, and yes, they will be THM Style for us and maybe a batch of “other” ones for when we go see family on Christmas Eve…if you haven’t tried any cookies from the “e-Zine” on the THM Page (click HERE), sign up to receive this gem of a magazine on line.  Just remember when baking and cooking with your kids, other family members, friends, or by yourself…PUT YOUR DEVICES AWAY…and focus on quality time…Oh and don’t forget the Christmas music…wear your Christmas socks and slide around your home…and of course, don’t forget to dance!

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Enjoy life, enjoy YOUR Journey 2 Trim ‘n’ Healthy…


(and see results before the New Year!!!)