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I have a writing friend who is an amazing example to me. She makes writing goals and then makes them happen. She keeps me accountable.

Tonight I sent her a message that I was going to work on my Biblical Counselling exam. And then I went and checked my email…read a writing magazine…responded to some posts on a writing forum…posted a story to a critique circle…wrote a review on Amazon. In short, I got everything done on my to do list for the next few days (aside from cleaning my house) except work on my counselling exam.

Are you a procrastinator too? I’m glad I’m not alone here, people. 🙂 It’s not that I don’t want to have my exam completed. This is an amazing course, and I love it that they make the digital copies of most of the course free. I believe this is important…but it’s hard. And I often resist doing the hard things in life.

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What helped me get back on track is the knowledge that this dear friend is going to ask me, “Did you do it?” And I really want to be able to say yes. Sometimes setting clear goals and being accountable to a friend is the very thing to help us overcome procrastination.

P.S. – The idea for this post popped into my mind as I was working on my exam, and believe it or not, I almost stopped working on it and started writing this post, before I realized how ridiculous that was. Short attention span here! I did actually complete the work I planned on doing, and I’m only a few days away from being done. Yay!

P.P.S- You can check out the IBCD counselling course here.

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Trying to achieve and maintain a healthy weight has been a 20 year battle for me. I have made more resolutions than I can remember, or care to admit and each time I have returned to unhealthy eating habits.

It is a lot of work for me to lose only a couple of pounds. It will take me a month of painstaking diligence to lose a mere 5 pounds, and only 1 week to gain it back. Oh, how I hate to admit it, but I just gained five pounds in the past week. {sigh}

Which leads me to the reason behind this post. Sharing my struggles and goals is going to make me feel much more accountable than I would feel if I hadn’t shared this with half the world, (slight exaggeration. 😉 ) and should help me to stay on track.

My goal is: to not eat until I’m hungry, eat slowly and stop as soon as I feel full. This seems so simple and really it is, but busyness makes me feel rushed and I eat too quickly. Nervousness and insecurities make me want to eat when I’m not really hungry, and learning to feel those tiny feelings of fullness takes tuning into my body as well as the self-control to actually be able to stop at that point.

I’d like to lose 10 pounds in 10 weeks, but it’s more about the lifestyle than the weight for me. I’ll write in September and tell you how it went. Thanks for keeping me accountable. 🙂

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