And so it goes – 2014
January 2, 2014
Ah. The obligatory – “NEW YEAR NEW ME!” post. In all honesty – these are some of my favorite posts to read that are written by others and some of my favorite to write. I’m a New Years Resolution junkie and am constantly bugging my friends and family with “whatcha gonna change? How are you going to change it? Huh huh huh??” – so here goes.
2013 was a tricky one for me, it took a lot from me and my family. So, I’ve decided that 2014 is my year.
In the spirit of rising to the challenge, I went to town on resolutions for myself, but since this is a lengthy post as it is – I’ve decided to break down the resolutions over the next week or so, hopefully interspersed with legit posts to get back on track. So lets start with list number 1: probably the easiest and most relevant to this blog. Fitness resolutions.
1. Be active each day. Whether or not its a scheduled day of training or just getting out for a long walk, doing yoga or a hike – I want to feel like I’ve moved each day.
2. Be committed to lifting. This year I re-discovered my love for traditional weight training and I started to put some efforts into creating an at home gym that I could workout in, in lieu of a gym membership. I slacked off a bit over the holidays and worked through some confusion of how to eat and train in order to get the kind of body I want. Its a work in progress and although I have a sneaking suspicion I used it as a coping mechanism this summer, I really do enjoy lifting and have great respect for female lifters.
3. Run 5 miles a week – that’s 260 miles in a year. A few years back, I opted to train for races as my goals and did fairly well. Last year, I didn’t sign up for any races and my running dropped significantly. This year, I’m trying a new to me tactic that I’ve seen floating around before, which is set a weekly mileage goal. Its a concrete goal that I can work for, without having something to train for specifically. I’ve kept my goal fairly small (cough cough: attainable and maintainable cough cough:), because I know my mind’s ability to overwhelm itself when I’m thinking about too stressful of a goal. And since I have a hard time admitting that a few miles and not 3-4-5 miles is worth the time, I’m trying to remember that its not how I get to the goal, but that I achieve it. In preparation for this, I bought myself some fancy new kicks to start it off right.
4. Put at least 20 miles on the bike a month – that’s 240 miles in a year.. We have bikes. Mine is my baby. We have not explored the trails nearly enough to make its purchase worthwhile. Biking is something my husband and I both truly enjoy, both by ourselves and with friends. So this year, in an effort to get out on the bikes more, I’ve set a monthly mileage goal. Anyone who’s hopped on a bike, know that its definitely not a difficult goal to meet and I have big plans of crushing this mileage goal. But at the very least it’ll get us out for a weekend ride 1-2 times a month and that’s really what is most important.
5. Incorporate Yoga and Insanity into weekly workouts. I have a tendency to have tunnel vision when it comes to my “training”. If I’m weight training, then I absolutely cannot replace a lifting day with a cardio day or yoga day, etc. I also have a really hard time saying “OK well, Wednesdays are Yoga only”, because whether I’m lifting or running, its hard for me to give up a day of training, period. But I enjoy yoga, and damn it Insanity was expensive. So as a tie in to goal number 1 – I’d like to include more flexibility to my fitness routine, which will go a long way for making it a lifestyle habit, rather than a training for a specific goal habit.
So far – its been only a day since yesterday, so I haven’t really gotten a chance to put these resolutions into practice, although I got a head start on a few and lifted at home on Monday and Tuesday, which while not a lot – was better than nothing. I have plans to get in a workout tonight and am thinking that an easy little run is in order. I’ve got some shiny new Nike Frees and 5 miles to get in by Sunday, eh?
So there you have it, my fitness resolutions (give or take a few). I tried to keep them concrete and obtainable, which I think is so incredibly important for tracking progress. I’ve got a hefty list of other resolutions that include personal, foodie and work related ideas, but they can wait for another day.
I hope everyone had a wonderful set of holidays and that they stayed relatively healthy :) and here’s to 2014.