If you’re new here, #MotivateME Monday is a weekly link-up co-hosted by myself and Run Mommy Run for accountability and encouragement. It’s a place for us to share goals, plans, successes and have each other to pick us up to keep moving forward.
Happy New Year everyone!
It’s time for my favorite post of the year… writing out my goals, and more importantly, creating a PLAN to achieve those goals. Goals are a great start, but in order to accomplish those a plan is essential. I like to write out my plans on a weekly and daily level – that’s what the #MotivateME Monday linkup is all about. Every Sunday I revisit my BIG GOAL(S), revisit my progress from the previous week and share what I’ve done to move towards my BIG GOAL(S), then create a plan for the next week with activities that will help me progress towards my BIG GOAL(S). Truthfully this an activity I learned in my Psychology of Sport course, it was presented as a way for us to help the athletes we coach to reach their goals, but it can be applied towards just about any goal.
Last Year’s BIG GOAL:
Last year my BIG GOAL was to to lose 20lbs. Without directly saying it in that post, it appears that the plan for reaching that goal was to be more active and to use a planner to visualize my activity. Spoiler alert: it worked. I didn’t lose 20lbs, I’ve lost 12 since last January. For the first part of the year I hit some setbacks that prevented me from progressing (I battled a nutritional deficiency, and a back injury) so by August I had gained an additional 5lbs from my starting weight. Since August I’ve lost 18 lbs so I would say I was successful.
(If you want to read up on how I lost the weight this post sums it up pretty well, and is my most popular post ever!).
This Year’s BIG GOAL(S):
Truthfully I was in a pretty dark place last year so I only set the one big goal, as I worked towards that goal it helped to pull me out of that dark place and to where I am today. Tackling the nutritional deficiency that was causing my fatigue and depression was a crucial first step. This year I’m feeling a lot more optimistic about things in general, so I have multiple goals that I’ve broken down into the following categories (in no particular order): Financial, Nutritional, Fitness, Home, Blogging, Work. I’m sharing them here for accountability, as well I’ll be sharing my progress and plans here weekly – they say accountability is the secret to reaching your goals.
Note: I’ve listed the financial goal first because $$ impacts all of my other goals. While it would probably be easier to reach my other goals with an unlimited budget, being able to reach them with limits is more challenging. Setting the financial limitations first will help to chart out the plan for reaching those other goals while allowing me to still reach the financial goal.
Confession time: I’ve been carrying a balance on a personal credit card for far too long. Last year I upped my monthly payment in order to make some progress on it, and I managed to start making a dent on it. This year I’ve logged into my bank and set up automatic payments on my payday in order to increase my monthly payment to pay it off finally. I took the balance, divided by 26 (as that’s the # of paydays I’ll have) to figure out what my bi-weekly payment needs to be to pay off the card. The payment is rather large, but it’ll force me to make a lot of adjustments to my spending habits this year. If I can stick with this ambitious payment schedule I’ll be credit card debt free by next year! (It’ll be really nice not to have to make credit card payments in 2019).
They say abs are made in the kitchen and last year I learned that is mostly true, the food choices I made certainly played a large role in my success. More specifically I learned that abs are made in the produce section – you do not need to cook to eat lean, nutritious foods. Keeping whole foods readily available was key. I’d like to continue those habits for 2018, but do it in a more financially sustainable way, which means I’ll be meal planning more (and sharing those plans), preparing my lunches (salads) at home (instead of relying on quick store bought bagged salads), carrying non-processed snacks with me (wouldn’t it be cool if Michael Kors, Coach etc made a stylish cooler purse to keep snacks cold?), and buying my coffee on my way to work less.
Last year’s focus on consistency worked well for me. I liked the goal of two strength training sessions + 4 running sessions/week. I want to continue on that path this year, and lower my body fat percentage to 25 – the only way to do that is through nutirtion and strength training. I also learned through my boot camp class that a strong core is the secret to keeping my cranky SI Joint happy, so along with the strength and running I’d like to focus on core strength. Bedtime Core workouts seem to be the ideal timing for me, so for January I’ll start myself on a personal 30-day bedtime core challenge – I get a star in my planner every time I do my core workout. Once the core workouts become a habit, I’d like to add in a third strength workout on the weekends between the kids sports – there’s time for it, I just haven’t been using that time to it’s full potential. So February’s focus will be on making the weekend strength a habit.
My house is over 40 years old and is pretty much stuck in the 80’s/90’s. I updated my bedroom, Sierra’s bedroom, and a bathroom with paint last year. Looking ahead at our hockey and softball schedules we don’t have many free weekends for painting. To continue the journey I began last year I’ll have to plan ahead and take some time off from work in order to paint. My first goal is to order a bin in late May, take two days off and declutter the house. Then, if I can get hubby’s approval (and financial assistance), hire a painting company in the fall to finish what I started and paint the living room, hallways, two remaining bedrooms, and the basement. For the kitchen I’d like to hire a company to paint the cabinets, replace the counters and backsplash and update the lighting. The kitchen is likely a 2019 goal.
At the end of 2017 you may have noticed that I started to take a different direction with my blog. I updated the look and started sharing less content about myself, and more recipes and workouts. This year my goal is to share more healthy recipes (this goes along with my nutritional goal of meal planning) and to share more at-home workouts (this goes along with my strength training on weekends at home goal). I’ve spent the past week working on my food photography (Oh iPhone 7 plus +Light Room I love you!) and developing recipes to share here so that I can also use an editorial calendar to work on recipes a month in advance. I’m admittedly a bit behind in creating workouts, so for January you may see me reposting older content while I develop content for the future (for that I apologize). I’d also like work more closely with food, cooking and fitness brands to earn some more income from the blog. The blog has been mostly a hobby blog up until now, and it probably costs me more to run it every year than I make from it, so in 2018 I’d like to reverse that. By providing more useful content to you I also hope to grow my blog audience.
Work this past year consumed my life – I took 1 sick day, didn’t participate in a program that allows us to work extra time to earn a day off every three weeks, took only half of my allotted vacation time, only took half of my allotted personal time, didn’t take advantage of the ability to work from home and essentially worked my tail off for my employer. You know what I was rewarded with from doing that? More work! My goal for this year is to set boundaries, to manage my workload so that I can be effective, take advantage of programs that allow us to be as productive as we can, and mentor my co-workers so that they can help me with the workload etc. This will make me an overall better employee, and much happier. My first order of business is to book a personal day in January to attend to some appointments/self-care for myself. I have been putting off the dentist, a trip to the eye doctor, a follow up appointment regarding my nutritional deficiencies and truthfully I really need a haircut (it’s been 14 months)!
With all of that said, here’s this week’s plan:
Monday: New Year’s Day roller skate with the girls, HIIT Workout – pack leftovers for Tuesday’s lunch, prepare Apple Pie Overnight Oats for breakfast
Tuesday: Easy 8k lunch run + Sheet Pan Chicken Dinner
Wednesday: 8k morning run + California Rolls
Thursday: Easy 6k lunch run + Kettlebell HIIT workout + Rice, Meatballs & Salad
Friday: Speedwork 7k + Pizza night
Saturday: Kettlebell HIIT Workout
Sunday: 10k run?
Have a great 2018!
What are your goals for 2018?
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