My Insights Into Goal Setting

2010 ended much differently than it started for me. and that was a good - no, GREAT thing! What I'm revealing here is pretty private but I think it's important for you to know.

As usual I started the year (2010) with a goal of taking off weight.  Does this ring any bells with you?

However, as usual, it got derailed fairly quickly. In fact, it was derailed even before the year started.

How could that be? Well, last December (2009) I developed significant back pain that pretty much limited me from doing any exercise.  That really was the pits. There was no way I could take off weight without exercise. And a lot of it. So right away I knew I was doomed. How's that for setting my mind up for failure? Side note here: For some reason early in 2010 I decided that it was time to give up caffeine (hard to do for a long time coffee drinker - 30 years in the Navy didn't help that).  This is important later.

Then in March (2010) I developed difficulty breathing when exercising - this persisted and I actually began to worry about it.  I finally made an appointment and this is where it gets very interesting.

After a bunch of hassle with my primary care provider I ended up with a cardiology appointment. The first thing this young man said to me was "well, you're almost at the weight where we'd refer you for a gastric bypass". I was so upset with him because he didn't even seem to want to know what was bothering me. He just wanted to lecture me on my weight. Well, we finally got that straightened out and I ended up after tests and catheterization with a diagnosis of ventricular dysfunction (a form of heart failure). I had always been "fat but healthy" (there is no such thing by the way).

Also about this time, I gave up using NSAIDs (like Aleve and Ibuprofen) completely since they didn't help my back and I was trying to learn a healthier lifestyle and had read about things that we eat or ingest that make inflammation worse.

I then had lunch with a very dear friend who told me about a friend of hers who had had this MGB (mini-gastric bypass) procedure and had lost over 100 pounds and how she was up and at 'em in no time at all.

I went home and looked at the website and the video and thought "that's not what God meant for my body to do - all that rearranging and stuff". So I didn't think much more about it.

Then my friend went to a clinic with the woman and sent me the notes. I began to think more as the medication I was on helped alot but not completely with my breathing.

Finally I realized that I had never (in my later life) been able to lose any weight except by running and there was no way I was going to be able to run now with my back. So, I began to investigate and finally decided to have the procedure.

I had the surgery on the 10th of November 2010 and my life has changed tremendously already. I can breathe much better. My back has improved markedly etc.

Now this is not a testimonial for the surgery (although I would be glad to discuss it with anyone who's serious and wants to know more).

It's meant to explain that sometimes our goals are achieved in ways we've never conceived AND things happen for a reason at the time and place they need to.

I NEVER even thought of surgery to lose weight. Sometimes our minds don't even entertain things (you may remember the same story when I found out you could trade in more than one car for a new car - I had never known you could do that). But that young man whom I cursed for a long time put that idea into my head. Now, I really do owe him alot. Because without him opening my eyes (sort of - I was NOT open at the time) and implanting the suggestion, I would never have gone where I did.

Also, I don't know why I decided to give up caffeine but that's been a big part of this process. The same goes for giving up the NSAIDs because they are one thing I can never take again and I had given them up long enough in advance that it was not a problem for me.

Then, look at the odds of my finding a person who had the one surgery that I think  was the only type of surgery I could have?

Everything worked out perfectly once I set the goal, was specific about it, and it took on its proper importance (my heart raised this goal to the highest level of importance) and I then let the Universe take care of it for me. Of course I had to take action - alot of action - I've never been so determined in my life and believe me there was a lot of unchartered territory I needed to cover and I did it with a purpose. I got more done in a month than I could have ever imagined!

Let the Universe take care of you once you look into your heart (no pun intended) and find out what you really do want!

Terrie

2010 ended much differently than it started for me. and that was a good - no, GREAT thing! What I'm revealing here is pretty private but I think it's important for you to know.

As usual I started the year (2010) with a goal of taking off weight.  Does this ring any bells with you?

However, as usual, it got derailed fairly quickly. In fact, it was derailed even before the year started.

How could that be? Well, last December (2009) I developed significant back pain that pretty much limited me from doing any exercise.  That really was the pits. There was no way I could take off weight without exercise. And a lot of it. So right away I knew I was doomed. How's that for setting my mind up for failure?

Side note here: For some reason early in 2010 I decided that it was time to give up caffeine (hard to do for a long time coffee drinker - 30 years in the Navy didn't help that).  This is important later.

Then in March (2010) I developed difficulty breathing when exercising - this persisted and I actually began to worry about it.  I finally made an appointment and this is where it gets very interesting.

After a bunch of hassle with my primary care provider I ended up with a cardiology appointment. The first thing this young man said to me was "well, you're almost at the weight where we'd refer you for a gastric bypass". I was so upset with him because he didn't even seem to want to know what was bothering me. He just wanted to lecture me on my weight. Well, we finally got that straightened out and I ended up after tests and catheterization with a diagnosis of ventricular dysfunction (a form of heart failure). I had always been "fat but healthy" (there is no such thing by the way).

Also about this time, I gave up using NSAIDs (like Aleve and Ibuprofen) completely since they didn't help my back and I was trying to learn a healthier lifestyle and had read about things that we eat or ingest that make inflammation worse.

I then had lunch with a very dear friend who told me about a friend of hers who had had this MGB (mini-gastric bypass) procedure and had lost over 100 pounds and how she was up and at 'em in no time at all.

I went home and looked at the website and the video and thought "that's not what God meant for my body to do - all that rearranging and stuff". So I didn't think much more about it.

Then my friend went to a clinic with the woman and sent me the notes. I began to think more as the medication I was on helped alot but not completely with my breathing.

Finally I realized that I had never (in my later life) been able to lose any weight except by running and there was no way I was going to be able to run now with my back. So, I began to investigate and finally decided to have the procedure.

I had the surgery on the 10th of November 2010 and my life has changed tremendously already. I can breathe much better. My back has improved markedly etc.

Now this is not a testimonial for the surgery (although I would be glad to discuss it with anyone who's serious and wants to know more).

It's meant to explain that sometimes our goals are achieved in ways we've never conceived AND things happen for a reason at the time and place they need to.

I NEVER even thought of surgery to lose weight. Sometimes our minds don't even entertain things (you may remember the same story when I found out you could trade in more than one car for a new car - I had never known you could do that). But that young man whom I cursed for a long time put that idea into my head. Now, I really do owe him alot. Because without him opening my eyes (sort of - I was NOT open at the time) and implanting the suggestion, I would never have gone where I did.

Also, I don't know why I decided to give up caffeine but that's been a big part of this process. The same goes for giving up the NSAIDs because they are one thing I can never take again and I had given them up long enough in advance that it was not a problem for me.

Then, look at the odds of my finding a person who had the one surgery that I think  was the only type of surgery I could have?

Everything worked out perfectly once I set the goal, was specific about it, and it took on its proper importance (my heart raised this goal to the highest level of importance) and I then let the Universe take care of it for me. Of course I had to take action - alot of action - I've never been so determined in my life and believe me there was a lot of unchartered territory I needed to cover and I did it with a purpose. I got more done in a month than I could have ever imagined!

Let the Universe take care of you once you look into your heart (no pun intended) and find out what you really do want!

Let us help you with your goal setting for 2011.

Terrie



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2 thoughts on “My Insights Into Goal Setting

  1. Manual entry of a comment that didn’t get migrated. This came from Sarah on 7 Jan:

    Dear Terrie,
    I am so happy for you and I am glad that you have had so much success with the surgery and your health. What is wonderful is the way you explained this goal, how it became yours, and how the whole process unfolded to accomodate every single step necessary for its accomplishment. I feel so charged with enthusiasm that you have showed us how all of this came about, and the importance of setting a goal that you really want. Thanks Terrie, have a fabulous day. Sarah

  2. Thanks so much for your well wishes Sarah. You are a great member of this community and I’m so grateful for your comments and interaction here.

    Terrie