Wow… I have been plumb lazy about writing these last few days. After a bit of a whirlwind flight (including being delayed for an hour but still arriving 3 minutes early?! I mean, I get it, a tailwind but CRAZY!) I am happy to be home. Simon is especially happy to have me around since the temp is a cool 24* here in MI and he leaches my body heat on a regular basis!
I am definitely one of those folks who sees promise in a new year. I know many frown on this but I like the chance for a do-over. I don’t want to forget what I learned in 2012 but considering I had a disastrous end to 2011 and a bumpy road in 2012 being able to get a fresh start is, well, refreshing! I’ve been tossing around a ton of goals but I think I have settled on the ones that mean the most to me. They have all been ideas that have made some sort of appearance on this blog before but I’m trying to nail them down into something achievable.
1. Better my mental and physical health
A) I will do this by working with a life coach, staying with a fitness plan and cutting myself some slack.
2. Work towards being more financially healthy
A) Last year I made a committment to spend more on experiences rather than “things”. I’ve done a decent job of this but sometimes I fall off the wagon (why are you so easy, online shopping?!).
B) Try out a “budget” – ewww… but I have a feeling actually useful!
3. Work to build my blog
A) I love this blog of mine! It has become a lovely part of my life and I want it to grow. I am currently doing some research on how to make this happen and hopefully I will get there
B) Share my weight loss story. Does it sound too egotistical to want some fitness magazine to publish my history? YES! But I did drop about 90 lbs so maybe it warrants being slightly egotistical!
4. Stick with a training plan and gain speed
A) I am terrible about sticking to a plan. BUT when I did this (well, mostly) for my first half, I clocked in at a 2:04 – on a hilly course. I desperately want to sub 2:00 this year for a half and I want my 5:25 full to be a “oh that was my first marathon time” memory. I know this requires discipline, which seems to have been on short-order lately. But I also KNOW if I stick with a plan, I can break through my speed glass-ceiling.
B) I am mapping out my plan right now for the Blue Ridge Marathon (which I know won’t be a PR – it’s a freakin’ MOUNTAIN!) and then Chicago will be in my sights for a PR. My 1/2 PR is going to be in Wisconsin, because this is where dreams come true!
5. Develop a healthy relationship
A) This one is a bit harder to create an action plan for but as I mentioned, I am going to give on-line dating a shot.
B) Know my self-worth. Enough said.
6. Write my book
A) I have been talking/thinking about this FOR-E-VER and it’s time. I started it and will spend time each week working on it.
7. Add cross-training
A) I know this will fall into the whole “stick with a training plan” gig but I feel it needs it own number. I have started and dropped many a “I will cross-train twice per week” declarations but I know it’s necessary. Swimming is in my near future.
8. Run 2013 miles in 2013
A) This has been my super-secret-squirrel goal. I am considerably afraid of this number and am nervous I won’t achieve it. I’m tired of fear dictating my goals though so I’m unveiling this puppy.
9. Better deal with my stress
A) Last year this showed up on my performance review for work so clearly I don’t hide my stress as well as I imagine! I know the fitness components on this list will help as well seeing a life coach. I also want to work on my “stress absorption” (wow, that sounds gross!). As I’ve mentioned, I take on the stress of others and this needs to stop.
B) I am a very good hermit – too good. I do want to be careful with how much I depend on this when I am feeling stressed. It’s a dangerous spiral that includes hoarding, having actual conversations with my cat and an ass-print permanently embedded in my recliner. DANGER
10. Cook healthier meals
A) This sounds frightfully cliché… oh well. I lost a lot of motivation to cook this past year and mainly would grab something fast and easy. I didn’t eat out more (thankfully) but I powered through boxes of Blueberry Frosted Mini wheats like a champ! Inevitably, I would be hungry again later and then it was a free-for-all on the late night snacking. Exactly what aided in my weight gain many years before. So, I shall cook.
11. Keep in better contact with my family
A) Remember my hermit skills? Well, this doesn’t just apply to friends but family too! I want to skype more with the fam!
12. Better my vocabulary and let this reflect in my writing and speech
A) Living with 18 year olds for 9 years made me extremely lazy in my use of the English language. Shameful! I am not only very (expensively – yay for student loans!) educated but have always loved utilizing a parade of different words – it’s time to put this in action and get my moneys worth!
13. Be grateful
A) This was a goal last year as well. It definitely helped me to get through some of my darker days but I always felt it was kind of false. I am a true believer in the “fake it ’til you make it” philosophy but sometimes I felt too fake. I want to sincerely be more grateful. I have this quote on a mug I made (Art By Yourself) some years ago and it says the following:
“Be Yourself. Life is precious as it is. All the elements for your happiness are already here.”
Unfortunately, I failed to write down who said this and I certainly am not quoting myself
yet but this speaks to me.
See what I did there? 13 goals for 2013! I am going to work this 13 angle so please be prepared. If you got this far – thanks for reading!