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A Goal Without a Plan is Just a Wish

Where are you going and how are you getting there?

Let’s face it, exercising our bodies most days of the week, year in and year out, for the rest of our lives can seem daunting. Sometimes we fall off the wagon of mostly healthy eating. Occasionally we feel stuck in various aspects of our lives and we need to make changes.

Here is one way to keep it fresh — set a kedge for yourself!

Kedging is a sailing term; a method of moving a sailboat, typically against the wind or out from a dead calm. A sailing vessel places its anchor into a small rowing boat, which is then rowed out away from the ship. Once the “kedge” anchor is dropped, the sailors on the ship then haul on the anchor cable, pulling the ship in the direction of the anchor. This can be a slow and exhausting process but is often the only way to move when there is no wind.

So, drop a kedge for yourself. Make a goal. All sizes, shapes and ages: Set your sights on an EVENT of some kind; running a 5k at Sunburst, walking a mile nonstop before the grandkids visit this summer, grab a friend and train for Bike Michiana for Hospice this fall. COMMIT to it. And then map out, ON PAPER, the very specific daily action steps it will take to get you from where you are now, to your kedge. Suddenly your workouts have new meaning. The food you eat, the sleep you get, all take on greater purpose. PULL yourself to that kedge!

When you reach your kedge, rejoice in your amazing awesomeness! Have fun! Feel proud of yourself. You did it! Celebrate and rest a little. And then set your next kedge. It’s simple, but not always easy. Over time, though, you’ll end up somewhere beyond where you even thought imaginable!