And another year is almost over. Truthfully I love the end of the year – it holds so much promise for the next year. 365 days is a long enough time to accomplish some pretty big goals. You can make a serious dent into debt, make some serious health and fitness gains, and even a pretty significant career move. That said those goals can also quite easily stay as mere dreams with out a plan and action.
Last year my big goal was to run a marathon, giving me the first steps towards my bucket list goal of qualifying for Boston. I managed to build up the endurance to complete a marathon, somewhat upright and smiling, so this year I want to build on that progress. That said, working on that endurance caused me to be pretty self-centered. I was very focused on the goal and in hind sight I was almost too focused.
With that self reflection in mind, I want to share with you my goals:
- Complete Ironman Muskoka 70.3. This year I’ll be turning 40 and my bucket list item has been to complete a 70.3 triathlon. This is my big (and only) self-centered goal for 2015. The race is a few days before my 40th birthday in July. Prior to this race I may do a few “shorter” running and cycling races to prepare: Around The Bay 30k, Ride for Heart 100k ride etc. After this race the rest of the year will be focused on staying active and doing fun races with friends and family.
- Get stronger. I want to lift heavier to get stronger and maintain my strength into old age. I’ll be increasing my strength routine to 3 days/week which means I’ll be rekindling my love for my gym GoodLife Fitness.
- Eat more fruits and veggies. Instead of tracking my calories, I’ll be keeping a tally lop of how many servings of fruits and veggies I eat every day with the goal of hitting at least 7 servings/day.
- Drink less alcohol. Limit my alcohol intake to mostly Saturday nights, and not every single Saturday night. I drank far too much alcohol in 2014.
- Walk more. Other than my training I’m admittedly pretty sedentary. I sit all day long at my job and spend over an hour each day driving. I’m going to remember to wear my FitBit One more often and try to hit 10,000 steps each day. I put this under health because I strongly feel that being active by walking every day is more for general health and longevity than for sport performance.
- Put the focus more on others. This means listening to what other people have to say, being sympathetic to their stories and not one upping. Ask people questions about them, and be a better friend. Reach out to people and invite them over etc. I’ll be putting the phone away more to be in the moment. Instead of blogging all about me and my training, I’ll share more of my fitness and exercise physiology knowledge to be a resource. I’ll share more posts by other bloggers, comment on other blogs and keep my comments on those blogs about the blogger.
- Pay off half of my debt. Last year I had enough money from my tax return to make a serious dent in my debt but instead I spent it on personal training. That was a really selfish move. I learned a lot from my personal training and I’ll be using that knowledge to train myself allowing this year’s tax return to go towards the debt.
- Purge. Hubby and I have scheduled a week off at the end of April to purge the house of junk. We’ll be ordering a junk bin and will be filling it with broken things that haven’t found their way to the junk yard yet, and will be donating all of the stuff that still has a useful life that our family has outgrown.
Action time! All of these goals have actionable items. I’ll be keeping a private journal that I made by printing out pages from my Outlook calendar to record my progress and plans. I’m really excited for 2015 and have already begun to make these dreams come true!
What are your 2015 fitness, health and personal goals?
Have you written them out? If so, link up below so we can support each other!