I really wanted to use a picture of Joey Tribiani…cursed copyrights….
We’re a month into 2018! How did that happen?! It’s time to check in and see how we’re doing on those goals we set at the beginning of the year!
According to U.S. News and World Report, about 80% of people will have given up on their New Year’s resolutions/goals/whatever-you-call-them by February. Are we really only able to stick to something for one month?! Not around here! If you’re reading this, it’s because you want to be better and stronger and achieve those goals you set a month ago! Look at you, rockstar! But now comes the tough part.
How are you really doing so far?
I’m really struggling….
I set two goals for the year: run a 5k every month and stick to my meal plans (you can read all the details here).
Technically, I haven’t missed any races yet, but it’s only February! I have been having trouble with knee pain and shin splints (not to mention ridiculously bipolar weather) that have slowed down my training plan a lot. My next race is this Saturday, and I haven’t run in several days, so feeling a little nervous about that!
Sticking to my meal plan has proven more difficult. I’ve got no problem creating a meal plan. That part’s fun (because I’m a nerd who loves lists and organization)! Where I struggle is 5 pm on Thursday when I’m supposed to cook dinner, but I could just pick up my phone and someone will bring food to me. It’s so much easier and I’m so tired and, sure it costs more, but the couch is so cozy…
So, be honest. How are you doing? Have your goals fallen by the way side already? What is holding you back? Did you set goals that were too ambitious? Did you just not consider the reality of your day-to-day life when you set them? It’s okay if you aren’t still rocking those goals! You’ve got plenty of time to adjust and get back on track!
Renew Your Goals!
I think my goals are still reasonable and attainable. There are just a few changes I need to make to my routine.
- I invested in a new training program specifically designed for injury prevention. Injury Prevention for Runners builds strength training into the race training, and I know that’s where I’ve been failing and why I’ve spent years going through the cycle of running and getting injured and running and getting injured, et cetera, et cetera. I spent weeks researching various training programs trying to find the one that would work best for me, and I’m hoping I chose the right one! I’ll be starting this plan next week, so we’ll see!
- I am giving up the delusion that I will cook dinner on Thursday night! It’s not going to happen! I want to get home, go for a run, and watch the Olympics. So that’s what I’m going to do! No, I’m not going to just plan on eating take away for the second half of the week (my bank account and waist line cannot afford that). I’m going to just do all my cooking over the weekend and stick the food for the end of the week in the freezer. Now, all I need to do is move food from the freezer to the fridge on Wednesday and stick something in the microwave on Thursday night! It’s not a perfect plan and there will be some details that I’ll need to figure out as I go, but I think it will make it much easier to skip the restaurants.
What adjustments are you going to make? How are you going to renew your motivation? Leave a comment with your plan or your questions about how to make adjustments or figure out what adjustments to make! I’m here to help you get to where you want to be. We can do this!