Friday, January 04, 2013

New Year, New You: Setting Goals for 2013, Plus a New Year’s Giveaway from Master Lock!

This is the time of year when many people make resolutions for the coming year. It’s a time of new beginnings, when we envision a “New You” -- getting rid of bad habits and adopting better ones. My resolutions for 2013 fall into three categories: Professional, Family, and Fitness.

Professional: I’ve had an idea brewing in my mind for a fiction book that I’d love to write. I’ve gathered some research (since it’s historical fiction) and written out a few things, but I keep putting the project on the back burner. I’m determined that I’ll make significant progress on the book this year! I need to set a schedule and force myself to work on it instead of saving it for “someday.”

Family: I’m a workaholic. It doesn’t help that my office is in my home because the work is always “calling” to me! It’s so easy to slip into my desk chair and fire off a few more emails while the kids are playing. This year, I’m determined to say “no” to that screen more often and spend more time playing with my children instead. My “babies” are now nine years old, and I know it’s only a matter of time before they won’t want me to play with them. I don’t want them to remember their childhood as a time when their mom was always glued to the computer.

Fitness: I’m not overweight, but I’m out of shape. I’ve actually had people ask me why I’m gasping for breath when I run to answer the phone! I’m an introvert, so I really hate going to gyms or joining classes, but a friend and I have started walking several times a week. There are many days when we admit that we didn’t feel like walking and would probably quit if we’d tried to do it on our own, but having an accountability partner forces us to keep our commitment and keep walking! I know this will make me healthier in the long run, and also help me to have more energy for keeping up with my kids.

For those of you who have committed to be more fit this year by joining a gym (or resolving to attend your current gym more frequently), you won’t want to forget to take along a padlock for your gym locker. Master Lock has a large selection of high-quality locks that work well for this purpose. As a member of Master Lock’s Live Secure Safety Squad, I’ve had the opportunity to check out many of them, and one of my favorites is the Master Lock 1500iD Speed Dial Combination Padlock. This lock is unique because it opens on up, down, left and right directional movements, which means it’s much faster and easier to use than a standard rotary dial combination lock. You can create your own combination and reset it any time you like. And for those of you who prefer a more traditional lock, it includes adhesive letters, numbers, colors, shapes and symbols that you can apply over the arrows. This is also a very strong lock, so it’s unlikely to be broken off by intruders.

So, what about you? Have you set some goals for 2013? You’ll have a chance to answer that question in the Master Lock giveaway below!

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127 comments:

  1. to lose some weight.

    slb3334@gmail.com

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  2. Nicole B6:37 PM

    To be more mindful of how I spend my money.

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  3. not to get so stressed out over things you cant control

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  4. I want to exercise more.

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  5. One of my goals is to get more organized.

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  6. I set a goal of saving money on bills.

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    1. Bella4:28 AM

      exercise a lot more

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  8. take at least 2 real vacations and not work while I'm away :-)

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  9. to eat healthier foods

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  10. Be healthier, read more books and exercise!

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  11. To start sticking up for myself more.

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  12. JOIN A HEALTH CLUB

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  13. I set a goal of procrastinating less and getting more done

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  14. to get my own place again

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  15. I like the Combination Padlocks - No. 1500eDBX

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  16. to get my wife back to good health. Thankyou, ken pohl19@comcast.net

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  17. Anonymous6:19 PM

    eating less fast food

    annabee818@yahoo.com

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  18. To be on time for work.

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  19. To cut out soda!!

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  20. Be more positive and work harder on my blog

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  21. Live well...Love Much...Laugh Often

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  22. cut down on sugar

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  23. Save more money!!

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  24. Nikki Strong1:24 AM

    I need to save more money put up for an emergency fund.

    NStrong3604@yahoo dot com

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  25. I want to eat healthy and be more active.

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  26. i have set many, but the most important is to quit smoking!

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  27. To be more positive and never judge too quickly.

    Kaci Guis.Harrison
    KaciOhio@gmail.com

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  28. Making healthier choices

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  29. Make healthier choices!

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  30. My goal is to develop a Charles Atlas inspired physique.

    Hope to win!

    xxbowietipxx@gmail.com

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  31. To be more active.
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill12@gmail.com

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  32. To get more organized!

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  33. To get in better shape so I can enjoy more family activities.

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  34. Elizabeth Drake10:19 PM

    I want to lose 30 pounds!

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  35. I want to exercise more. Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway and happy New Year!
    Reneewalters3@yahoo.com

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  36. to lose one waist size
    gabbflabber at live.com

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  37. Anonymous4:28 PM

    To find a better job !!!


    Love3570@aol.com

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  38. I plan to cook more at home this year.

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  39. Find a new job and increase my happiness!

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  40. Susan, Let me wish you luck with your professional goal because it is toughest of all the goals that you have mentioned.

    I am an author therefore I know how difficult is to write a book. How we feel when we have a blank piece of paper staring at us,challenging us and we find it really hard to pour some ink. It becomes so difficult and frustrating when our mind is completely out of sync with our intention to write at-least one page of decent content! And more than often after struggling for a while, we give up and hope that tomorrow is going to be a better day, but that tomorrow keeps on eluding us.

    As far as goals are concerned, very religiously, I write them down, year after year, only to find them unmet at the end of the year. With experience and after reading some nice motivational literature, I learned the importance of writing SMART goals,SMART stands for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely.

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  41. I want to eat better and lose weight. Im also going to read 6 Chicken Soup for the Soul books this year. I've won 6 so Im taking time everyday to read them
    Thank you for the great giveaway! Happy New Year :)

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  42. Get out of credit card debt :)

    ktgonyea at gmail.com

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  43. DRINK MORE WATER
    NO19034770 @YAHOO.COM

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  44. I gave up soda. Adding a new diet/health improvement every month, making changes gradually.

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  45. To get out more often

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  46. Shannon Orton smithkayshannon@yahoo.com5:24 PM

    Pay off all of our debt

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  47. I want to pay off all my hospital bills

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  48. Anonymous6:25 PM

    My goal is to lose weight, also get out and socialize more with friends and family.

    lingeena@hotmail.com

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  49. My goal is to get more organized.

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  50. I would like to learn to stick to my budget, create AND stick to my goals, and get into shape while losing weight.

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  51. Anonymous11:15 PM

    I'd like to become more organized and go back to school.

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  52. Valerie L2:09 AM

    Learn a new language

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  53. To get organized. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  54. Gwenn1:24 PM

    Get healthy!

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  55. Megan M1:29 PM

    A new job!

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  56. I am trying to cut soda out of my diet

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  57. One goal is to get more organized, especially in the den.

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  58. JIm Morgan1:53 PM

    I'd like to to become better organized.

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  59. Goal is to figure out a creative way to propose to my girlfriend.

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  60. to eliminate credit card debit this year

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  61. Anonymous4:34 PM

    I have several, loss weight, more recycling, buy a house.

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  62. Get my house organized and KEEP it that way!

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  63. Jessica Rose5:10 PM

    Be more active!

    ijessica_r at yahoo dot com

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  64. Billy S5:28 PM

    get a new job

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  65. To spend more time with Family and Friends.

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  66. Nick H9:02 PM

    Spend more time with the family

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  67. To get into shape again after my daughter is born in April :D

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  68. To live in the moment, no matter what it is... if I decide to eat that cheesecake, I'm going to enjoy every bite and not worry about it...decision made, move on :) I want to spend more quality time with my children...less saying "uh huh" and thinking about making dinner...and more time ACTIVELY listening...they are more important than worrying about chicken or fish :) More memories...more photographs for no reason...I want MORE.

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  69. My goal is to lose 50-60 pounds.

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  70. one goal is to lose 15 lbs

    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

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  71. Anonymous11:13 AM

    weight, organize, healthier, I need them ALL !!!!
    jjjwis@pronetisp.net

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  72. Kelly Archambeau1:30 PM

    excercise more (which is now everyday) and lose weight (now down 17 pounds :)

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  73. kimberly helton4:04 PM

    my 2013 goal is to finish as many pinterest projects as i can. they have been pinned for a long time but i haven't started many of them.
    sahmoftwo0608@yahoo.com

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  74. I want to tone up and lose some weight.
    ericacarnes(at)gmail(dot)com

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  75. My goal is to loose weight - look great!

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  76. Anonymous7:47 PM

    I vow to shed a few pounds

    cccols at hotmail dotcom

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  77. I have set a goal to watch my language a little more

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  78. Anonymous9:35 PM

    To get a degree.

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  79. Our goal is to buy a house this year!!
    h4schaffer at gmail dot com

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  80. Donna8:36 AM

    to lose some weight

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  81. I want to be more careless this year!

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  82. I want to take better care of myself, I'm going to the dentist this year, already made my appointment!

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  83. be healthier
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

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  84. To lose weight
    Crazyweirdo33@yahoo.com

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  85. The ever popular "lose weight"

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  86. I want to walk the dogs more to help me and my dog lose weight and help the other w/anxiety. I need to get a better control on my finances, read more, organize better...etc.

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  87. harolde10:26 PM

    My goal is to eat healthier

    hd6719@gmail.com

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  88. harolde10:48 PM

    I want to eat healthier.

    hd6719@gmail.com

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  89. my goal is to start saving this year

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  90. I want to do a better job of keeping my house
    ltlbit1@hotmail dot com

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  91. to lose some weight

    chromiumman (at) mail (dot) com

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  92. MARY DEBORDE
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail dot com

    To eat healthier and lose weight :)

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  93. I want to lose the baby weight (20lbs).

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  94. Get in shape and be healthy

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  95. I want to lose 20 lbs before summer

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  96. My goal is to become more healthy for my family, and to be more open

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  97. My goal for 2013 is to get down to a healthy weight and maintain it for the rest of my life.

    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

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  98. One goal is to save money for a family vacation :)

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  99. One of our goals is to get our finances in order.
    Michelle Tucker

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  100. To live healthier - has nothing to do with weight, I just want to be healthier all around.

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  101. Move more eat less

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  102. walk a mile everyday- Dorothy Deakyne

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  103. Pay off some debt and lose 30lbs

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