January 2 – time to review 2008 and officially declare my New Year’s resolutions! (And none of them are to avoid procrastinating… hmm…)
Last year, I set three goals: to complete a half-marathon, to get certified as a personal trainer, and to run 600 miles. In reverse order:
I hit 575 miles by September 7 (and that was with a lot of miles not counted, because I sucked at tracking them). I have certainly run more than 25 miles since then. Done.
I did not get certified as a personal trainer, and it’s still something I’d be interested in doing, but I’m not nearly as psyched about it as I once was. In a way, this blog has kind of taken the place of that goal, as it gives me a way to pass on my insights, give advice, and learn a lot more about health and fitness through your blogs – which were my primary reasons for wanting my CPT anyway. Therefore, I’ll give myself half-credit for this one.
I did complete a half-marathon. In fact, I completed six of them. I also completed twelve marathons. I think I pretty much knocked that one out of the park!
Total score: 2.5/3, and I’ll give myself bonus points for the half-marathon one, so let’s just call me completely successful :)
I liked having a few goals to strive for, and I’m going to do that again for 2009. As I mentioned in a previous post, I decided to categorize my resolutions so that I could try to improve each major area of my life. However, rather than having a few resolutions for each category, I’m identifying one broad resolution and then providing a few ways check my progress. Each resolution is going to be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Relevant, and Time-bound. (Oh, the wonderful things I’ve learned as a consultant!)
Fitness: run faster, run farther, run better.
I will run 1,000 miles this year (I will also log all miles ran so I know if I’m on track for this).
I will complete 25 marathons this year.
I will finish a marathon in under 4 hours.
I will get some form of exercise at least 6 days a week. No excuses.
Family and friends: stay in touch.
I will call my dad at least every other day.
I will call my big brothers at least once a week.
I will send something or do something nice for my little sister (she’s 5 – she’s easy to please) at least once a month.
I will organize/host a get-together with friends at least once a month.
I will communicate better with Boyfriend and tell him exactly what I’m thinking rather than trying to let things go but then actually stewing about them.
Career: I will save these goals for after I get feedback from my mid-year review (our fiscal year starts in June, so mid-years were in December and I get the feedback in January). I probably won’t post them on the blog, but we’ll see.
What are your resolutions for 2009? How can we work together to achieve our goals? Post your thoughts in the comments!
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