Can you believe we are almost mid-way through the first month of 2018? Time sure flies, doesn’t it?
Maybe I’m just getting old. So a little late in coming, but Happy New Year to all! I don’t usually make resolutions, generally because I (like most everyone else) tend to break them. I do, however, like to set new goals to kick off the new year. This year, I decided to break my fitness goals for the year into quarters. That way I can revisit them every few months and move forward based on how well I do or do not meet them. Plus, making several small goals rather than one or two big ones will be much easier for me to manage.
Have any of you lost 10 pounds recently? If you did, give me a call, because I think I found them. Seriously, 10 pounds…in just two months! Da hell! Combine a lack of exercise with lots of travel and over-indulging in the holiday fare, and it adds up fast. So my first goal for the first three months of the year is to lose what I gained. They (whoever ‘they’ are) say it’s safe and most effective to lose one to two pounds a week, so even at the low end I can safely do this.
My second goal is to run a minimum of 50 miles per month over the next three months, preferably outdoors. If you read my recent post, you know I haven’t historically kept up with running through the winter, largely because I live in Chiberia where the wind chill can sometimes make the temperature feel as low as 50º below zero! Someone remind me why I live here. I’ve already met this goal for January, having participated in the Strava Lululemon 40K | 80K challenge. 80K is just about 50 miles, and I’m happy to say I hit the 53-mile mark yesterday, with four days left in the challenge. The weather was unseasonably warm and hit a high of 58º! Knowing the temperature was going to drop 40 YES FORTY degrees by this morning, I decided to get those final miles in yesterday despite the wind and rain.
My third goal is to stop. drinking. all. the. beer. I generally carry my weight in my hips and my butt and not that I love that about myself, but I have accepted it over the years. This belly fat is new to me and let me tell you, I don’t like it one bit. I can’t say for sure it’s the beer that did it, but I have been drinking more than usual so that’s what I will target first. Just please don’t tell me it’s the wine.
My fourth goal is to strength train twice a week. Before I started running, strength-training was my jam. I absolutely loved it and still do, but it has been largely replaced by running. I need to find a balance between the two, because I ain’t getting any younger, and strong muscles make healthy bones. Did you know that? It’s true! I read it on the internet (seriously, it IS true)! Besides, (re)building strong muscles can only help my running game.
My fifth goals is to practice (and I do mean practice) yoga at least once a week. I’ve played around with it a few times, but never too seriously or long-term. There are so many health benefits both mentally and physically and as you might have heard, I ain’t getting any younger. I’m especially interested in maintaining and even improving my flexibility over time.
How about you? Do you make New Year’s resolutions (and do you keep them)? What fitness goals have you set for the year? Did you join the Strava Lululemon challenge? Drop your Strava profile name here and we can follow each other’s progress!