There is so much I could say about 2017. Very little of it is positive. It was a rough year. All I have to say to 2017 is, “Bye, Felicia!”
Hey, y’all! It’s a new year! Time for a new you! New goals! New shoes! New whatever gets you going!
I’ve always hated the phrase “New Year’s Resolutions”. What’s the point of setting a resolution when society basically tells you that it’s okay to forget about it by the end of January? So, for years, I’ve set goals which (surprise, surprise) are basically the same thing as New Year’s resolutions with a different name. But still, it’s helped to have something to work towards and calling it something else somehow makes it easier to stick to it (at least until the end of February). No, I’m not always successful, and yes, I do sometimes exaggerate my success to feel better about it, but who doesn’t?!
Here are my goals for 2018: the crazy and the reasonable.
Complete Twelve 5K’s
Yes, you read that right. If you read my post about how terrible working out is, you might remember that I settled on running as a form of exercise that I don’t completely hate. In fact, I’ve actually come to enjoy it (GASP!). However, I do still go through phases where it’s difficult to force myself to go outside and do it (it’s zero degrees in St. Louis…anything that requires going outside is currently the worst). I am setting this goal to complete (notice I did not say run) a 5K every month as a fun way to keep myself motivated through the year. Stay tuned for updates on how my training is going (currently waiting for awesome running ninja mask to prevent nose falling off) and for plenty of pictures of my races and all the cool swag I get (there may be a chocolate finishers medal in my future).
I have a couple tools I’m using to help me succeed at this goal. The first (and most powerful so far) is a couple friends who may not be quite as crazy as me, but are willing to support my mania. We have a Facebook chat where we can check in for advice (yes, Melissa, I will wear my gloves) and encouragement (congrats, Rachel, on successfully upping your game!). They are joining me for a few races and make this goal feel so much more achievable. I’m also using a training app, Running for Weight Loss, to keep me progressing and steadily improving. I am not being compensated for linking to their page. I just really love this app.
Plan Menus and Stick To Them
The first part of this one is no big deal. I already do a lot of menu planning so I can minimize “I’m about to eat the next thing that crosses my field of vision” trips to the grocery store and orders on GrubHub. No worries. I got this.
The second part….a little more challenging. It’s all well and good to decide on Saturday what you’re going to cook on Thursday, but when someone calls you up and dangles tacos in front of your face…do I really need to finish that sentence? That’s not to say that I’m never going to eat tacos again. Believe me. There will be copious tacos. It just means that if there are tacos on Thursday and I am supposed to cook on Thursday, I need to really look at my schedule and my budget to see if tacos fit in my life this week. Maybe I need to cook dinner at home and meet up later for just a margarita. Or maybe (deep breath) I need to skip tacos this week. It will be challenging at times, but I can do it.
I have one big strategy for beating the second half of this goal, and it’s you! Along with updates about running (and potentially freezing…seriously…it’s really cold out), I am going to start sharing what I’m cooking and the recipes I’m using. I follow some really great food bloggers, so get ready for some really great food!
What are your goals for the new year? How nuts do you think I am now? Leave a comment and let’s get this party started! And don’t forget to sign up for my email list to get all the latest updates!