Goals. Did you set any for 2015? How did you do? Did you accomplish any big ones? I couldn’t even tell you if I set any for 2015, but given the fact that I’m the happiest & healthiest that I’ve ever been in my life, I’m just going to say that I kicked ass this year.
With that being said, I have big goals for 2016. There are several career goals that I have in plan, but most of my goals relate to my health, so let’s talk about those health goals I have set for 2016, because let’s face it, fitness and eating are more fun to talk about than your career.
In November I switched to a more Paleo-focused way of eating, which I plan on continuing into the New Year. My body is continuing to lean out thanks to meals focused on meat, loads of veggies and healthy fats, so processed foods will hopefully stay limited.
I will continue to focus on finding the foods that provide optimal endurance and energy, and test out foods in trial and error to see which I generally should avoid.
Continue to lean out. I don’t care about the number on the scale. Why? Well, I’m currently leaner than I was in September, yet I weigh 5 more pounds than I did back then. This one still baffles me, but hey, I went down a size in pants, so I will not not not complain about that!
Plain and simple. Get stronger. My coworker has been encouraging me for almost a year now to do Tough Mudder and Spartan Races with him, and several weeks ago I told him that I will run the Tough Mudder. Is an event like this in my comfort zone? Heck no, but our lives should not be spent in the “c-word zone.”
How do you expect to grow as a daughter, a mother, a coworker, an athlete, or a friend if you never take those scary steps to think outside of the box and risk failure or embarrassment?.. because let me tell you, when I’m having a panic attack at the top of a high obstacle, there will be a lot of embarrassment on my end.
Frank, the above mentioned coworker of mine, has truly helped me break free of my comfort at the gym. Frank doesn’t allow me to doubt my strength or ability, and he is the first one to constantly tell me to get out and lift with the men. “Frank, that’s scary and intimidating!” “Allie, stop being a sissy and get out there. You’re strong; don’t underestimate your power.”
My point is, find a friend, a workout buddy, or just anyone that will encourage you to push harder and to never stop tackling a new challenge. Also, be that person for someone else. Monday morning he came to my desk to ask why I “casually strolled in” 30 minutes later than normal to the gym. Officially busted for having a late Sunday night out.
Pull-up. I will do a pull-up before my 28th birthday in March. That is my big goal that I’ve been focusing on working towards thanks to Frank and my brother. I have the upper body strength, but I’m carrying around too much junk in the trunk to lift myself up unassisted, which again, circles back to nutrition and leaning out.
Oh my lovely running goals! These are what I am most excited about. What do I want to get better at? Every damn thing! I want to shave time off of my paces, increase my mileage in a smart way, recover faster. If I can improve in any area of running, I want to.
A fun running goal that Jaime, Melissa and I discussed after the Santa Shuffle was to run 1 race every month in 2016, and since our local running club, Millennium Running hosts at least 1 race a month, this will be doable. Plus, incorporating fitness with friendship is a great way to stay connected!
To keep up with accountability, instead of seeing how I did with my goals at the end of 2016, I’ll monitor my goals quarterly to stay in check with where I’m at and how I can improve in the next quarter. With that being said, there will certainly be some changes both in my life and also on this blog, so be on the lookout for a fun year on Running on Peanut Butter!
Do you set goals? How often do you check in to see how you’re doing?
How’d you do with your 2015 goals?
What are your goals for 2016?