2012 was an amazing year, and I feel like the goals I set last year were very self focused. While I obviously still have many personal goals this year, I am making it a point to set a few goals that keep others in mind as well. Here are my 2013 goals!
Last year, I set a goal to simply get more into yoga. It was something that I knew was a great way to cross train for running, so I did it. This year, I am taking it a step further and keeping myself accountable to practicing yoga 2x a week. Whether I take a class, pop in a DVD, or pull up an online yoga class, I am going to do more yoga. I have really started to love it over the past few months, even more so in the past few weeks.
Since I have become a certified personal trainer, I have not taken any steps to grow my business. I am going to get some experience at a local gym first at a part time level, and then hope to grow a personal business. This will definitely be in baby steps, but I need to start somewhere!
I cut all artificial sweeteners out of my life last summer, and now I want to take it a step further. I want to drink my coffee without sugar. This is a little goal, but a big one for me! I drink 3+ cups of coffee a morning, so cutting out sugars will eliminate a good amount from my diet. I am really looking forward to achieving this!
Marcus and I are working very hard to eat in more often, as it helps us save for other things in life that we are working towards. At these home-cooked meals, I am going to cook 1 vegetarian meal per week. This doesn’t seem like a big goal, but for us it will be an adjustment. We are creatures of habit when it comes to what it on our plate, and we always have some sort of meat. Sticking to one vegetarian meal will help to keep the costs down and the nutrients up!
It is really easy to get set in our ways, and I am breaking out of this habit! I plan to say Yes more than No this year. This is a hard one to really quantify, but it really means that I just want to go for it. If a friend invites me out when I may not normally go, I am going to go. If I feel a little bit out of my comfort zone, who cares! Bring it on!
This one is probably a little weird to some – complete no more than 1 marathon this year. I am going to run a spring race, and then hold off for the fall. Of course I will run other races, but they will just be half marathon distance and under. I want to focus on my body a bit and not worry about a strict training schedule. Putting this out as a goal will help me to focus on it, and not cave in when it comes to sign up for fall marathons.
In the past, I was beyond dedicated with early morning workouts. The past 3 months or so, I have been anything but dedicated. I am going to get back to my normal schedule of waking up early at least 3x a week to workout. I feel so much better when I start my day with a sweat session and I really want to hold myself to this. My evening will be more open for other activities that pertain to other goals.
I want to live in a judgement free zone. Let’s face it – it is human nature to compare things and judge others. I have fallen into this trap lately, and I am crawling back out! From comparing one fitness instructor to another, or thinking someone’s idea that differs from mine is the wrong one –> I am letting it all go.
Tying in with having more time at night, I am going to read for fun 3x per week. I love reading and the soothing effect it has on my evenings. It is an awesome way to wind down, and I am going to make it more of a routine. Waking up early will provide me plenty of time at night to read. I can’t wait to get into a few good books!
To go with the theme of focusing on others, rather than just myself, I am going to volunteer at 6 different road races this year. I want to make sure that I give a part of myself to the running community, as it means so much to me, and is nothing without the volunteers that support each race.