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2013: A Year of New Goals
December 31, 2012 | Home >In the News >2013: A Year of New Goals

2013: A Year of New Goals

Warning:  This is going to get personal.  Read at your own risk 🙂  We all have things happen to us that shape our lives, our priorities and our goals.  We go on living our lives and then something unexpected happens and we change courses a bit.  I was diagnosed with skin cancer in May of 2012.  When I first went in, I really wasn’t worried and didn’t think it was a big deal.  And neither did my doctor.  I first saw the PA at my dermatologist office and so he froze off the spot with nitrogen.  By August, I could tell that it wasn’t going away, and so I made an appointment with my regular dermatologist.  When I went in, she looked at it and said ‘I have never seen anything like this on someone your age’.  That is when you start to freak out a little bit!  At first she was worried it was an invasive cancer.  So she cut it out and then froze it again.  Off it went to pathology to get a biopsy.  The results came back as squamous cell carcinoma.  So the bad news is that it was cancer, and the good news is that it was not invasive.  So then I scheduled a follow-up for 3 months.  My follow-up appointment was last Friday.  When I went in the cancer had grown back.  So she cut the rest out and froze it again.  The next treatment step is to do a topical chemo type medication that stimulates your immune system to attack the cancer cells.  The good news is that caught in the early stages, squamous cell is very treatable.  We feel really positive about it, and are confident this is just a bump in the road.

Isn’t it interesting that when you start having issues related to your health that it changes your perspective on things??  I keep thinking ‘I’m only 30 for heaven’s sakes!’  Unfortunately, cancer definitely is in my genetics.  My dad and his 2 brothers have both had skin cancer.  My grandma has had non-hodgkin’s lymphoma and skin cancer.   Both of my grandpa’s parents died of leukemia.  So if you have bad genes then what do you do?  I recently watched the documentary ‘Forks over Knives’.  It is all about how meat and dairy can ‘trigger’ cancer.  One of the researchers in the film wrote a book called the ‘China Study’ which further explores this theory.  Since last week I keep contemplating eating a more Whole Foods Plant Based diet.  We really aren’t big meat eaters at our house anyway, but we do eat dairy.  I never in all my life have even considered eating a vegan lifestyle.  I’m still on the fence about completely cutting these things our of our diet, but like I said, my perspective has changed.

One thing I strongly believe is that the food we eat does effect our health.  Research has confirmed that there is a strong protective effect of fruits and vegetables against certain types of cancer.  So my goal for 2013 is to eat at least 1/2 of all my food as fruits and veggies if not more.  Phew – its a hefty goal even for a person who eats a lot of fruits and veggies.   So this leads me to my next question – it is easy to make a goal, but how do you make sure you accomplish your goal?

My husband and I read a book last year called ‘No Excuses’ by Brian Tracy.  Completely changed the way we think about goals.  He suggests the following method:

1) Everyday for 1 week, write down 10 goals you would like to accomplish.  Don’t look at the previous day’s goals.  Just write down the goals you think of when you are doing it for that day.

2) At the end of the week, the goals you have written down are the goals that you really want to accomplish.

3) Write each goal on a note card.

4) Below each goal, write 3 ways you will accomplish that goal.

5) Review your goals weekly for the remainder of the year.

We did this in the beginning of 2012, and although we didn’t accomplish every goal we made – we can’t believe what we did accomplish!  This method totally works and it is amazing what you can achieve.  I want to be around for my family for a very long time and so I am committed to a healthier lifestyle in 2013!  What about you??

2012 Highlights:

Took our kids to Disneyland for the first time

Ran my first marathon (with my 2 sister-in-laws)

Went to Puerto Rico and Kayaked in a Bio-luminescent Bay

Grew a garden and picked lots and lots of fresh produce with my girls

Ran a Half-Marathon with Amy

Was a mom to these two little munchkins

And most exciting of all…………

We are excited to have a new baby and add a new member to the Super Healthy Kids Family!  Happy New Years!


written by
Natalie Monson

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Thanks for a great year Super Healthy Kids, and congratulations Natalie & family!

Oh gosh, the baby news was so nice I forgot to say best of luck beating the skin cancer! Both my mom & stepdad have had it and beat it in the past and my mom has it again and recently had the same procedure and is waiting for her follow-up. You’ll be in my thoughts along with her now!

Melissa says:

Wow! Congratulations, that is wonderful news. I love what you said about our experiences shaping our goals. I lost my Mum to cancer 4 months ago and it seriously does make you stop and re-evaluate things. I’m 32 and my Mum was 64, no age for her to die and far too young for me to lose my Mum, especially when I have a 2 year old daughter who will never know her Nanny. My goal for this year is to make myself and my family healthier happier and hopefully add another another 2 feet too ;). Thanks for being so inspiring

Amanda says:

Fantastic baby news!

Beth says:

I read about 10 health books over the summer and became a vegetarian as a result. Then I and my husband watched Forks Over Knives, and that convinced my husband to go off dairy completely. People think I’m weird for being a vegetarian, but I FEEL better. Good luck!

Lisa King says:

Thank you for your personal and inspiring story. I will make good use of the information in setting goals and improving my health in 2013. Best to you and your family!

Carmen Hamilton says:

Thank you so much for sharing. I really appreciated the practical advice you shared regarding reaching goals. I am definitely going to try that! Hope you have wonderful New Year!

Carmen Hamilton says:

Oh! and congratulations on the latest addition!!

traci says:

Thanks for sharing your personal post. I know its not easy but it helped me so thank you. I hope to see you and amy running the half’s this summer. Traci,

Erin Dixon says:

Definitely going to check out the goal book! I read the China Study about 4 years ago and changed our eating habits as a result. There are some awesome vegan recipe blogs and books out there, my two faves being, and I have a little one that I keep up at, just to help a few friends with recipes I’ve tried and liked. “Eat to Live” by Dr. Joel Fuhrman is a good read, although I doubt my kids will ever snack on plain romaine leaves like his do. Lots of great info out there, feel free to email me with questions. The difference you’ll feel will be awesome, I can’t describe it any way other than feeling crisp and clean on the inside. Thanks for all you do with this blog, it has such amazing ideas for my boys!

Thank you for this blog post! My struggle with the possibility of skin cancer is with my 14 year old daughter. She is due to go back to the dermatologist on the 10th. Good luck to you on your journey and Good luck to my little sweetie! Congrats on your newest arrival, babies are such a blessing!
I too watched “Forks over Knives”. My oldest daughter, 26, her husband, and my grandson 17 months are all vegetarian. Last March I decided to give it a try after watching that movie and wanting too, to be a more healthy and supportive grandma. I have been strictly Vegetarian since that time. I have not made the transition to Vegan but it is always on my mind. Good luck to you and your family in the new year. You will make the right choices that fit you and your families needs…mom’s are like that! I enjoy following Super Healthy Kids! I also will be trying your goal ideas…you can teach an “old dog” new tricks!!!

Cassie Damewood says:

Although I’d never go vegetarian or vegan, adding fruits and vegetables to “normal” meals not only adds a layer of nutrition, they actually accentuate the tastes and textures of the other foods served at each meal. I’m lucky to live in California where there’s always a new seasonal treat in the produce section to enhance our dining experience!

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