Over the past few weeks, I’ve been brainstorming a list of goals that I have for myself in 2013. While writing my 2012 Recap Post, I had a lot of fun reliving all the great memories I’ve made over the past year, but there is still so much that I want to accomplish. It’s important to keep pushing yourself to be the best person that you can, and there’s no better way to do that than with specific, written goals. In addition to just writing them out, I’ve been thinking about the steps it’s going to take to accomplish them and ways to keep track of my progress. I’ll share what I’ve come up with so far, and of course what I come up with along the way.
*** Goals for 2013 ***
1. Eat at least three servings of fruits/vegetables per day. I know this is shooting low, but the truth is that lately there have been numerous days that go by where I don’t eat a single fruit or veggie. I’m going to bring back my daily salad with lunch and drink more smoothies for breakfast. I used to drink smoothies all the time – such an easy and tasty way to sneak in some greens and get a nice punch of protein as well.
2. Write monthly workout schedules with the goal to get in at least four to five workouts per week. When I was in college I would frequently write out a workout plan for a month at a time and it was really effective at keeping me on track with exercise. I would like to start doing this again and I plan on sharing my schedule on the blog, as well as updating my exercise log again.
3. Run a 10K race. I’ve ran one once before, but it was a year and a half ago and I did a lot of walking. This time I am going to make the effort to seriously train for one. I’m giving myself a lot of time – I don’t plan on running a race until late spring or summer – but I’d love to be able to run it with Eric. He is always begging me to go running with him, so I’d like to be able to keep his pace for longer than a tenth of a mile.
4. Complete a bike race. This was on my goal list last year, but sadly it never happened. This year I need to just pick a race and train!
5. Lastly, there’s the obvious goal. Finally reach my goal weight. Will this be the year? Gosh, I hope so. I would really, really like this to be the last year that starts off with having a goal to lose weight. It just gets old! I know I’ve said this a million times, but I’m going to start doing weigh-ins again soon and posting weight-loss updates.
1. Read at least 15 books. Eric and I started a little competition to see who can read the most books this year, and of course he thinks he’s going to whoop my butt. Well, I’ve got news for him: not going to happen. My first book of 2013? The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin. My best friend Melissa got it for me a year ago and I still haven’t read it. I’m only a couple of chapters in, but so far I love it and I think it’s going to be a fantastic way to start my year.
2. Attend church more regularly and pray more. No explanation needed.
3. Work on my time management skills. I have a bad habit of wasting time when I’m not working and I usually end up just sitting around watching television. Keeping up on household chores, blog stuff, workouts, meal planning and errands keeps me in a good mood and leads to more productivity.
4. Blog at least 3 times per week. In addition to regularly blogging, there are a couple of pages on the blog I’d like to update. No more letting the blog fall to the wayside!
Here’s to a fantastic 2013!
What are some of your goals for the new year?