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Welcome to the Official Site of The Y in Central Maryland Turkey Trot Charity 5K! We are excited to have you join us for this Thanksgiving morning tradition.

Adults, children and families from across the region come together to not only run (or walk, jog, stroll), but to raise funds so that children living in poverty in Central Maryland have access to Y programs that will forever shape their lives.

Thank you for being part of something good on Thanksgiving Morning!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Get Going! Setting Frustration-Free Goals

Six months ago you most likely set some New Year resolutions. Have you kept them? If not, now is a great time to renew them! Or maybe you were too excited when you made your resolutions and need revamp them a bit, to make them fit the “reality” of your life. Too often we create goals that are too intense, and then when we have one “bad” day we give up.

There is a difference between making goals challenging and making them unattainable. With that said, we need to be challenged in order to make positive change in our lives, so don't be scared to aim high and take it one step at a time!

Let’s set a long-term goal and then break it up into smaller, short-terms goals. As you achieve the short-term goals, you will gain momentum and before you know it you will have met your long-term goal!

Long term goal (example): Live a healthy life and be a role model of health to my friends and family. “Healthy” to me means eating more fruits and vegetables, eating fewer sweets, working out four days a week, sleeping more and making sure to take time to relax.

That is a HUGE goal that takes into account a lot of different things – diet, exercise, rest, and time! You may be able to wake up one day and charge completely at these changes or you may need to work on one thing at a time, so that you do not become overwhelmed. So, take your goal and set mini-goals:

Week one goal: Swap one processed sugary food a day for a fruit.Week two goal: Continue with week one’s goal and exercise with a friend twice a week (exercise does not have to be at a gym, it can be a walk with your dog).
Week three goal: Continue with the other weeks’ goals and go to bed “on-time” at least twice.

Week by week add onto or advance your goal. Making these changes slowly will allow you and others impacted by your changes to adjust. Be sure to share with your friends and family your goals, so that they can support you.

Share with us your long term goal or even your goal for this week in the comment section below.

Good luck and stick with us for more healthy living tips!

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