New Year, New Goals, New Challenges

ED: I wrote this on 1/21, but must have failed to actually hit publish.

How in the world are we already three weeks into 2013? I don’t understand how this happens!

Obviously, this post is seriously late if I’m coming here to talk about my hopes, plans, and goals for the New Year, but better late than never, right?

One of the ways in which I set myself up for failure is by setting out too many long term goals with very few short term, more easily achievable goals. This year, I’m changing that. So while my ultimate goal is still to lose (and keep off) a bunch weight, I’m re-focusing on smaller goals to get me there.

First up is adding a new challenge to my fitness routine. I’ve been stuck in a rut lately and only maintaining my current weight. So I decided I needed to do something new. Last week I began the Couch to 5K program. I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with running, but I know it’s exactly the kind of challenge I need right now mentally and physically. Getting on that treadmill is intimidating! This is especially true when I’m surrounded by other folks who are just pounding out mile after mile while I’m doing whatever run/walk combo is scheduled for that day. Even so, I love it so far. The sense of achievement I feel when I’m done is pretty much beyond compare. I can’t wait to see how it feels when I reach the end of the 8 week program and can actually run a 5K! If you are thinking about trying it out I highly suggest downloading the free app. It walks you through each workout while allowing you to listen to your own music. It couldn’t be any easier than that.

In the countdown to the new year I came up with some theme words which I hope will set the tone for 2013: teamwork, gratitude, abundance, and success. These are the things I plan to focus on and take note of throughout the year in my marriage, my work life, and in my individual life. ┬áIt’s so easy to fall into a downward spiral of noticing everything that is wrong or disappointing about life, but there usually is an abundance of things to be grateful for as well.

On that note, the first thing I am extremely grateful for is my husband’s new job! He began working right after the new year began. It’s not great pay and is most likely only temporary, but it takes some of the pressure off and has put him in a much better mood. Hooray for small miracles!

So far, 2013 is off to a great start.