I have been avoiding the topic of goals for some reason over the past few weeks. Well, not so much avoiding, but just unable to make any sort of real commitments in this area. I’m not sure why, because I always love goals. I love planning out what I want to accomplish and figuring out a strategy to get there. I started my blog in August of 2013 and shared goals at the beginning of both 2014 and 2015.
Over the course of 2015 I shared monthly updates on the progress of my goals. (See my most recent post here with links to all other months). It helped to keep me focused and motivated, even though I knew that I would need to adjust my goals for the year. However, I said from the start that my goals for last year would be a work in progress; if I didn’t achieve them in 2015, that would be ok. The point was to work towards them, and to do what I needed to do to make them happen eventually.
I don’t want to get too much into how my 2015 goals played out because I am planning on posting about that tomorrow, but today I will talk about my 2016 goals.
5 Fitness Goals
1. Continue to work on staying strong and healthy: I believe that there are always ways to improve in this area. I want to keep doing strength work but learn to incorporate different things.
2. Run/Walk 2016 miles: I am planning to sign up for Run The Year 2016, but not to focus on running mileage. I want to start wearing my Vivofit again and include my daily steps towards that 2016 mile total. I should be walking enough each day to reach that goal when combined with my running mileage. The real goal will be to walk a little more during each day while I am at work or on the weekends (rest days from running).
3. Work towards a BQ (sub 3:35): I don’t even know if I will run a marathon in 2016, but I am carrying over this goal from last year.
4. Work towards a sub-1:40 half-marathon: I would like to train for a half-marathon this year and see what kind of a time I can get, but the goal is 1:40 (my PR from October is 1:41:58).
5. Do at least 10 push-ups 3 days per week: Last year I challenged myself to plank 5 days a week, so this year I thought I would switch it up and focus on push-ups. Ideally I would like to be doing more than 10 each time I do them, but 10 seemed like a good starting point.
5 Other Goals
1. Improve posture: As I have been sitting at a desk more at work, I am realizing that my posture is awful. I feel so tight at the end of the workday and I can tell that I am slouching and pushing my head forward with my neck. I need to figure out a way to sit better (and less) during the work day and I would like to improve my posture in general.
2. Move more: Are you noticing a trend here? I spend hours on end staring at the computer at work, and I am noticing the effects. I need to get into the habit of taking breaks to move around. I also think it would be good to go for a walk or do some really easy yoga after work just to loosen up my muscles and get everything moving.
3. Focus on saving money: There are still a lot of things we want to do in our house (we have lots of empty unfinished rooms) so I would like to be more careful about my spending and put some more effort into saving.
4. Get back in the habit of weekly meal prep: I’ve still been doing some meal prep, but nothing like what I used to do. I blamed marathon training but now that’s over and my weekends are a little more open. I know that it helps a ton when I get home from work and dinner is almost ready to go. Maybe this would even allow me to have time for some yoga or a walk (see above).
5. Make time to unplug: I was going to make a blogging-related goal, but I haven’t figured out what that would be. I really want to get to a place where I am in a routine of posting 2-3 days per week but also spending time reading other blogs, replying to comments, and working on social media stuff. However, I want to make sure I am also making time to get away from the computer. Now that I sit at a computer at work all day I can’t really handle coming home and using my laptop for hours. I need to figure out a routine that will allow me to stay engaged with the blogging community but also have time to step away from the screen.
So that’s it! I guess that wasn’t as bad as I thought. I am not sure if I will continue with the monthly updates this year, but I do feel like they really helped me to stay focused on my goals last year, so it might be worth trying. My last monthly check-in will be up tomorrow, along with an overall review of 2015 goals!
Do you like setting goals?