As you may know, I came up with a list of goals for 2016 at the start of the year and I check in on them each month. For the past 5 months it’s been challenging to really work towards most of these goals due to an injury. Some of my goals were more about forming habits, which I feel like by this point I have accomplished. I decided it was time to think about what I would realistically like to achieve by the end of the year. It worked out that this happened to be the topic for Tuesdays on the Run, so I figured I would post now rather than waiting until the beginning of November.
Which of my goals have I already accomplished?
Most of my fitness goals were derailed when I had to take quite a bit of time off of running. One of my goals was to continue to work towards staying strong and healthy. I never felt like I stopped working on this, but I learned that I had to take a slightly different approach to my injury prevention. So while I didn’t really achieve this goal, I put in SO much work towards it, so that has to count for something.
My other fitness goal was to do at least 10 push-ups 3 days a week. Most of the time I include push-ups in my workouts, even though I still don’t love them. (Does anyone really love push-ups?) This is one of those goals that has become a habit and I don’t think I need to focus on it anymore. Besides, I would rather work on increasing reps or focusing on form rather than worry about doing them 3 days a week.
As for my “other goals” (improve posture, move more, save more money, meal prep, and unplug), I think these are all things I have put enough effort into and I know think about them each week. I would rather shift my attention towards some specific things I want to work on for the rest of the year.
Goals for the rest of 2016:
1. Practice Pilates once a week
I definitely think Pilates can be beneficial for improving my strength and stability, so I want to try making it a part of my routine for the rest of this year. I think I need to give it enough time to see whether or not it should be a consistent part of my workout routine.
2. Update the blog
I mentioned a few months ago that I wanted to makeover my blog. I have been thinking about this a lot and am hoping to start the process soon- maybe even this week. This may mean posting less and putting more time into developing my blog. Stay tuned!
3. Engage in exercises that feel good, mentally and physically
I know better than to try to live up to any expectations with my running for right now. Of course I want to be able to run more, but it’s too frustrating to think about reaching a certain milestone when I am constantly having setbacks. Instead, I want to enjoy staying active in whatever way I can. Hopefully having access to a bike now will give me a chance to improve my endurance and use other muscles besides those I use for running. However, there will definitely be days where I just need to get outside and clear my head. The goal is to just work with what I need mentally and physically each day.
4. Eat different vegetables
I have gotten into a rut with my meals, and I recently realized I eat the same vegetables every day. Even if this just means planning one different meal a week with a veggie I don’t eat regularly, that is good enough. I usually gradually switch up my meals/foods every 6 months or so but I don’t feel like that has happened in a long time.
5. Take time to turn off my brain
Some days I feel like I am constantly “on”- between working all day and doing blog stuff and other chores and errands. I want to start making time for activities like reading, journaling, or just doing nothing. This is probably the hardest goal of all but I think I can try to do this at least once a week.
Have you revised your goals for this year?
What do you want to accomplish by the end of the year?