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How To Achieve Goals And Resolutions The Fun Way.

Updated on August 18, 2013

How To Achieve Your Goals

This is the time of year when we begin to look to the future and wonder how successful our lives will be in the next few months. We all want to achieve new goals, and there’s not many of us who don’t start out without making a New Year resolution of some kind.

And to be fair, most of us manage to stick to our goals for at least a month, or maybe two. But then life gets in the way, and our hard work gets left at the wayside. Maybe its because we never really expected to achieve that one particular goal, and sometimes we pick the wrong one to start with.

So what makes it all go wrong? First of all you have to understand that nearly all of us have a set routine that takes us through our day, and even into our evenings. From the second we get up in the morning we tend to do the same thing every day. Breakfast, work, lunch, home and then TV. Interspersed with the evening meal and bath time.

This routine has probably taken years to perfect, so its not going to be easy incorporating a new set of goals for the year somewhere in the middle of our hectic schedule.

So, what to do?

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Shaping Your Goals

The first thing that you have to do to start achieving your goals this year, is to train your brain. What you have to remember is that your brain is a bit like a house full of rooms, or compartments. Most of them cluttered I might add!

And the trouble is that whether they are full of rubbish or completely clean and tidy, they are full of things that are in their place. And they have been for years. So what you have to do is find a place for your new goal, or goals. Just like any room, you don’t have space or you think you don’t.

The second problem is trying to incorporate these new goals into an area that will make your brain keep hold of them. This isn’t always easy. Imagine your goal as a grey blob that needs to be shaped. How are you going to start making it look interesting and colorful? Yes, I said colorful.

The thing about resolutions or goals, is that they look and feel bright and wonderful when you start the idea. But like anything else they soon get dark and drab. So, the idea is to make them memorable. You have to make your brain want to remember them. So the first thing we have to look for is color and fun.

Color Up Your Food!

Any idea needs the glue that will hold it in place. Just trying to start a new goal is fun to start with, but soon wears off. So you need an incentive. Take for example, that new diet. Food is something that we quickly incorporate into our schedule. Now you have to cut certain foods out, and add others. So it starts with the shopping list. Looks boring doesn’t it? Well, it doesn’t have too.

Instead of just buying fruit and veg, and lots of diet this and that, make sure that you add treats to go with it. it’s a fact that chocolate has loads of calories, but did you know that its eating it with your usual meals that causes the problem? I used to be on a diet, and I ate my food by calories and not diet food.

Cutting a long story short, instead of eating diet bars, I would make a huge salad roll with a tiny bit of cheese or meat. Eating this way filled me up, and it was a lot less calories than a diet bar! Trust me! Try it and see. Keep your calories low, and out comes the chocolate!


Eat lot's of colorful salad. courtesy of
Eat lot's of colorful salad. courtesy of

Buy low calorie cakes! They taste just as good! The idea is to trick your body into believing that you aren’t on a diet. that’s how it always worked for me! And of course buy loads of salads and add colorful vegetables, fruit and nuts. Use your own ideas, and the great thing about it is that you can eat as many salads as you like and lose lots of weight!

Draw up wall charts, with big pictures of fruit and veg, and stick a photo of you on there too. When you start to lose weight, add another one, then another. And so on. Not only will it brighten up your room, but will help your brain to learn quickly by seeing and doing. Buy that new dress or suit that's one size to small, and hang it on the wall in your kitchen. It will drive you mad at first, but after a while you will just want to wear it. And that is when the weight will drop off. Please don't try it on when you buy it, you will only end up looking like a sack of potatoes!

 Strut that Tie!
Strut that Tie!

Use Color To Get That Promotion

If your goal is to get that promotion at work, then you need to start getting your mind tidy. First of all clean up your desk. This may sound obvious, but you would be amazed at how many of us just leave it more or less empty, or untidy. Get yourself into the mindset that you have already got the promotion. How would you act if you had got that promotion? The goal is in sight, just be positive.

The majority of people will buy a new suit, place photos of their family on the desk, and even add a pot plant or two. Add color to your desk. And tell yourself that its only a matter of time before you get the job. Just these few little things will help you stick to your goals because you will see the new you every day.

You need to make yourself stand out from the crowd. Learn to be polite but not over friendly, and always look efficient. Invest in a bright tie or scarf, make yourself stand out from the crowd. In an office environment these things will start to get noticed, and quickly.

Everything is about psychology, manipulation and playing the game. Once you have done these few changes, you will soon forget how you used to be. You will be efficient, fun but hard working. And don't forget a sense of humour. As long as it's appropriate! Women will see you as fun, and men will see you as a potential friend, and vice versa all depending on whether you are male or female of course!

Two Really Funny Dad's Getting In The Dance Mood!

Lose Weight Dance Around Your Kitchen!

Every time you say those horrible words, jogging, gym and aerobics, your neck turns into a red rash of sweat and panic. I know you want to lose weight, but the trouble is you hate exercise! The reason for this is your brain automatically grimaces away from the idea of a set workout, not sure if you will be able to keep it up, and more importantly are you going to have a heart attack just putting on the track suit!

Don't panic! Exercise comes in all shapes and sizes. Want to know what I do? I dance. Well, I suppose you could call it that! It's more like flinging myself around my kitchen, waving my arms in the air, shaking my butt and screaming out the words to the songs! Yep, it's fun being my neighbor! Most people think I have a cat that's got it's tail caught in the dryer! So what? i am losing weight, and loving every minute of it! And the great thing about it is that it is exercise!

Yep. it qualifies as exercise. Why? because it's the same thing as doing aerobics! Why spend money on doing it in a dance studio or gym? Just so that you can follow the instructor? Nah! Not enough fun going on! Try it! Who cares what you look like? You are losing pounds, and that's what counts!

 Colored balloons
Colored balloons

Use Smell Sound Color And Fun To Write

Now to your article writing. We all try and set goals to write our work, but everyday things get in the way. Make your desk fun to work at. Buy some balloons and tie them to the legs of your chair! Put loads of colourful pot plants on and around your desk, and maybe a beautiful antique lamp. To get you in the mood buy a new mug and coffee pot, and set that aside for use only when writing. Make your work desk a fun space. Add colourful pictures on the walls around you, and set up your radio or sound system ready with all your favorite music.

This will make you want to work there. All the best known authors have their favorite music playing in the background. If you prefer slopping about in your robe and slippers then fine. Get a nice blue rug and place it under the desk. Blue is a soothing color and will calm your brain down to get you into work mode.

Add smelly candles or Pot Pourri. Make it so that you want to sit there and do some work. If you want to set a goal for this coming year, bring color, music and fun to your life. By training your brain to see, smell and feel comfortable, you will be able to stick to your goals.

So, you see? If you really want to achieve your goals this year, make them fun!


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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Nyamache, I am so glad you found it helpful, thanks!

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      Joshua Nyamache 5 years ago from Kenya

      What else can I say other than appreciating this hub by voting it up since I found it very useful in my life! Well done.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Pinkchic, thanks so much! you are so right there every bit helps, I dance around the kitchen, and especially when I am cleaning, two things together get the work done and work out! lol!

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      Sarah Carlsley 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Awesome job as always Nell!! These are all wonderful points, and really good advice as well. I love exercising any way that I can. It's like putting spare change in a jar, all the little things will eventually add up to something big :)

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Millionaire, I forgot to mention the singing! lol! drives people mad, but I think I am good! hee hee!

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      These are great ideas - making the goals fun and colorful does make them more reachable - an important thing to keep in mind especially in the drary winter. I could so picture you "dancing", cause I dance like that too! LOL. Voted up.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, MsDora, thanks for reading, I am trying to make sure I keep to them every day! lol!

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      Dora Weithers 5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Really like this hub, especially the "fun to write" section. Thanks for the inspiration.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, alocsin, thanks! hope they work, I am trying out all the ideas and the color is really helping to make me wake up, do some work and feel great about it! cheers nell

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      What inventive suggestions. I'm going to try these to see how they work. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks acaetnna, I am trying to keep to them! lol!

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      acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

      Brilliant advice and a great article as always.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Thanks chelseacharleston, glad you liked it! cheers nell

      Hi, billybuc, thanks so much, I will be over to read shortly, cheers nell

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Fun article and informative too! Looking foward to more of your work!

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      chelseacharleston 6 years ago

      Way to turn all that around! Brilliant!

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, sunkentreasure, that was beautiful thank you! and thanks for reading my hub, I try and keep to my goals, I have been exercising on and off all day! lol!

      Hi, bizwin, yes if you make your goals fun then you will stick to them! lol! thanks!

      Hi, Injured lamb, color always makes me take notice, and the music! lol! I just dance to help me lose weight, its a great way of doing and setting your goals, thanks nell

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      Injured lamb 6 years ago

      Brilliant ideas Nell, love them all...brand new year, brand new ideas, brand new us! Cheers Nell!

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      Christabel Evans 6 years ago from England, UK

      Great tips. Life is good if we devote a bit of our time to make it fun. Thanks for sharing.

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      Follow your heart

      to the path of greatness

      that lies within you.

      The secret of life

      is to have something

      to look forward to


      Find a dream that excites you

      and make plans

      of how you are going

      to achieve it.

      Feed your mind daily

      with positive energy

      and words of inspiration.

      Take your life to a higher level.

      Stay focused and go forward

      with your eyes on the prize.

      When you run towards your destination

      with passion in your heart

      you will see your dreams come true.

      © Bernard Levine

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Angela, thanks, I am glad you found it helpful, it takes me ages to make my goals work, but doing it this way, I can sneak them in without my brain noticing! lol!

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      Angela Kane 6 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      I think making the goal or task a must and a natural part of your day also helps. I always have goals that I stop because it just doesn't fit into my schedule. I think your ideas are very good and I will be following some of these suggestions immediately.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, myrtle, thanks for all your reading, and its a pleasure, I will be over shortly, my pc is playing up tonight! lol! think its got the gremlins in!

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      myrtle McKinley 6 years ago

      Hi Again Nell

      Loved this hub, such great advice. Determination and motivation, two very powerful forces if we can just harness them successfully. Thanks for checking me out and leaving favorable commentary. I really appreciate it and all your writings. Myrtle

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Green Lotus, thanks I remember reading the book ask the universe and it said always make it sound like you have already achieved what you want, still trying for that million dollars! lol! thanks again, nell

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      Hillary 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Great advice and very original too! I particularly think setting your mindset to the idea you have already got the promotion or are already thin an beautiful is very powerful. Cheers and here's to a positive new year!

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Hello hello, thanks as always, nell

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      You had some great ideas and I am sure they help.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, midnight, thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Haydee Anderson 6 years ago from Hermosa Beach

      i love this article, a great motivation that changes ain't that difficult if we have the determination and be creative in doing it.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, poet, lol! so did you throw it out the window? I can totally relate to that! thanks for reading, and Happy New Year to you too, thanks!

      Hi, wonderingwoolley, glad you found it useful, I have to do it this way, otherwise I would never get any goals done! lol! thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      wonderingwoolley 6 years ago from Madison, WI

      I really like your tips about getting a promotion, and exercising. These things can seem really daunting, but you broke these down to achievable things, and that's really great! Great Hub!

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      poetvix 6 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      I'm really liking the pictures idea. Visuals could be a great motivator and reminder for me in a way that won't annoy me. I tried the Nintendo game thing to diet and every time it "spoke" to me it just made me want to throw it out the window! Nell, you always teach me something and make it fun at the same time. Thank you and Happy New Year!

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, coolmon, thanks so much, cheers nell

      Hi, Jackie, Happy New Year to you and yours too! and thanks!

      Hi, Max, thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Ravi Singh 6 years ago from India

      Such a wonderful message, I like your every hub.. voted up!

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      Jackie Lynnley 6 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Happy New Year, Nell!

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      Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      Good advice with a little fun and color mixed in, I like it. Rated Up

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Alastar, thank you! I am trying to set some new goals this year, but the trouble with goals is that I try and do too many! lol! Have a great New Year, and I am pleased to have met you too, here's to more hubbing! cheers nell

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      Alastar Packer 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Nell, I got to thinking about you today when i heard your 16 year Bertie singing Skinny Love on the not-for-profit radio. Man, does that young lady have an angel's voice. One thing about your hubs Nell is they're so eclectic, always good and always interesting. Extra nice when you throw in some Nell wit n humor too. We do fall into a daily routine. Goals, color, and fun are winning combinations. Losing weight is also on the agenda for next years resolutions. Well, good stuff as always and Ms. Nell I wish you a happy, productive and just plain marvelous New Years; I feel blessed having had the extreme pleasure of meeting you this year.:)

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Gypsy, that sounds just like me! the dancing I mean! its great isn't it? you don't realise that you are losing weight, until you check the scales! thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Gypsy48 6 years ago

      Excellent hub Nell!I have cut back on my chocoholic binges and have actually been enjoying huge colorful salads. Dancing has also helped me lose weight. I turn some music up loud and get moving :)

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, pmccray, thanks, I hope they help, I am really hard to get motivated so thats why I use all these colors and fun things, cheers nell

      Hi, Sunshine, Aw, thank you! lol! I have tried so many things over the years and these ideas are the only ones that get me moving on my goals! thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL are a hub genius!! These are fantastic ideas!! Voted way UP!!

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      pmccray 6 years ago from Utah

      You've come across some methods that maybe quite affective and I going to try them out. I so tire of procrastinating every dang year. Voted up, marked useful, interesting and book marked

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Thanks Diana, I just like being surrounded by color, it makes me remember things better, have a great New Year! cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Thanks Simone! have a great New Year!

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, chamilj, thanks so much for reading, and Happy New year!

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      Diana Grant 6 years ago from London

      I would never have thought of using colour to achieve goals although I have other methods - lists all over the place, on my computer, on sticky notes and on scrap paper, all of which are dated; and sometimes I set them into A B and C priorities, being

      "Important and Urgent" - A,

      "Important but not Urgent" - B,

      "Urgent but not Important" - B again, and

      "Not Urgent or Important but still need to be done" - C. It works quite well.

      I've voted you up and thanks for the suggestions

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, cardelean, thats a great idea to get others dancing with you, much more fun, especially if they are like my friend who has two left feet! lol! thanks for reading, cheers nell

      Hi, pras, thanks as always, and I hope you have a Great New Year!

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, thanks Christopher, I do get carried away with the dancing and all, but I do try to keep it to a minimum when people are in! lol! thanks as always, and have a great New Year!

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, DzyM, I always had a pot plant on my window ledge at work, in fact when I got made redundant they let me take it home! looking back I must have been a sight walking up the road, bag in one hand and a three foot tall plant in the other, sobbing my heart out because I had lost my job! lol! funny now, but not then! ha ha! thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Thanks for reading barry, I am off to get the salad! lol!

      Hi, Arlene, I know just what you mean! I live near a school and the parents try and get the car nearly inside the gates! why oh why can't they let the kids walk a little way? they are not helping train them for being adults, thanks for reading, cheers nell

      Hi, ITcoach, why not try the salad rolls approach? it really does work, and have a large bowl of salad munchies to dive into instead of other things, good luck! and thanks!

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, hostage, ha ha! I know just how you feel! I actually tried exercising yesterday but gave up and ate a chocolate bar! not new year yet! lol! thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Jynzly, thanks for reading, I always try and add pictures and color to anything I do, it tends to go into my memory better! lol!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Goodness me, you've turned achieving goals from a chore into a party! I love these ideas, and I love your explanation of how room has to be found for new goals in one's consciousness and habits. Fabulous Hub!

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      chamilj 6 years ago from Sri Lanka

      Excellent hub. Voted up! Thanks and Happy New Year!

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      My friend, you have beautiful advice for us. I learn many things from you and I got new motivation after reading this hub. Well done and rated up. Happy New Year!


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      cardelean 6 years ago from Michigan

      We dance all the time through our house. It is great exercise and fun for all of us. And color is a wonderful thing. When life gets dull, definitely add color, especially to food. Great ideas.

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      Christopher Antony Meade 6 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      I think I will leave some of those things out. I dont want to be evicted for anti-social behaviour. They do sound like a lot of fun however. Maybe, I might sneakily try a few of them. Thanks for the suggestions Nell. You are certainly one of lifes "originals".

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      Liz Elias 6 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Good ideas, all. (I'm not quite sure how a pot plant would go over at work, however... ;-) it's ok..I know what you meant...)

      Thanks for the reminder about dance. I've never had a dance lesson in my life, but I used to "move to the mood of the music" all the time...maybe I can do that again...if my bum knee will let me.

      And maybe I should bet back to my karate lessons.... Some good tips here, for sure!

      Voted up, interesting and awesome.

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      Arlene V. Poma 6 years ago

      Very, very, nice. Color is a nice way to go, but I still stay away from chocolate. I have this habit of parking far, far away when I go shopping or have appointments. I laugh at people who are waiting around for parking spots. When they get out of their vehicles, you know just by looking that they could use some walking! Baby steps! Voted up and everything else. I could work on eating more colorful vegetables. Fruit, I've never had a problem with.

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      Barry Rutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes like the concept add color to your world. Food looks great & healthy too !

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      SJ 6 years ago

      Awesome, I hate dieting, but I just realized I'm gaining weight again, and it's makes me mildly suicidal. Online work, chilly weather, and "comfort food" is not helping. This is right on time for me, Nell! Thanks!

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      Jynzly 6 years ago

      What a fun way, yes I will do just that, I like most the incorporating of fun activities and the colours to the goal. Thanks for sharing such awesome ideas.