Saturday, January 7, 2017

My 2017 Fitness, Health and Happiness Goals

Here we are, seven days into 2017, and I finally feel ready to set some goals in place. I've been mulling over the months ahead, trying to decide how I want to live this year and what I want (or need) to accomplish, and I came up with the following.

new years resolutions, goals, dreams
(In the essence of full disclosure: I realized while I was writing this post that I hadn't taken a photo for it yet. I also realized that I hadn't showered yet. So, there you have it. Photographic evidence that I keep it real! *laughing*)

1) Run a 22:00 or less 5K.
As of right now, my 5K record is 22:05. That five seconds is killing me! So this year, I'm going to focus and push. I'm running a 5K later this month, but don't expect to meet this goal. I've been running, but not outside as much. Generally at this time of year, it's all about moving forward through the Winter. Come Spring, I'll reassess how to make this happen.

2) Attend IDEA World 2017 in Las Vegas.
I went to BlogFest at IDEA World two years ago and absolutely fell in love with the event. I skipped a year because it's really hard to for me to get to California inexpensively. But IDEA is moving to Vegas this year, and that makes it much more accessible. I'll be going as a fitness professional, but hope to meet up with all the bloggers at BlogFest, too. Are you going?

3) Become an ACE Fitness Nutrition Specialist.
I do a lot of continuing education to maintain my certification. Most recently, I got my ACE group fitness certification. And since I'll be doing some fitness based continuing education at IDEA, I figure that it's also time I focus on the nutrition aspect of my profession.

4) Host at least one team building event and/or social hour.
As the fitness director at my gym, I am in charge of an incredibly talented group of fitness professionals. But, admittedly, we are so rarely in one place at the same time. You have no idea how hard it is to get everyone in one place at the same time! But I'm bound and determined to make this happen this year. I love my team, they do an awesome job. And I want them to really, truly know it.

1) Get my eyes checked.
I put this on my list every year. But seriously, 2017 is going to be the year I finally get my eyes checked. I don't really have any issues with my vision, then again, maybe I just don't realize they exist.

2) Buy more locally grown fruits and vegetables.
I can't really tackle this one until the Summer months hit, but I want to visit the farmer's market more often and, possibly, sign up for a CSA again. I did this a few years ago and truly enjoyed my weekly box of fresh deliciousness.

3) Curb the sugar (possibly the coffee?) addiction.
I make no promises about the coffee, none at all, but I do need to look at my sugar intake. Know of any good resources on this topic? Like, perhaps, a good book? See #1 below.

4) Find a way to focus on my mental health...start a journal?
When I'm stressed, holy cow. Just leave me alone. Wife, mother, fitness director, personal trainer, group fitness instructor...I wear all of these hats every single day and it wears me down. It makes me forget about that other hat I wear, too. The one that says "me" on it. I need to find a way to wear that hat underneath all the others, all the time. My physical health is spot on, but mental health game gets fuzzy sometimes. I need an outlet, a way to clear my brain of all the fuzz. A blank journal does me no good. I've tried that. Is there something out there that works for you? A guided daily journal that keeps you sane? Let me know.

1) Finish at least one book every month.
I absolutely love to read, but can probably count on one hand the number of books I read in 2016. So I'm vowing to read more this year. I am currently reading "The Trespasser" by Tana French. What should I read next?

2) Avoid mindless use of the iPhone.
I fall asleep flipping through my phone when I could be reading. Or talking to my husband. I pull my phone out of my purse while we're driving to the grocery store to answer a text, then I end up surfing Facebook because why not. This needs to stop. For real.

3) Spend more time saying "yes" and doing things in the moment.
"Wait a minute," and "hold on," and "maybe tomorrow" come out of my mouth a lot. I talk about doing something someday, and then I never do it. So this year, I'm going to make like Nike and just do it (whatever "it" is). Because why not?

4) Do one thing for myself every month.
Aside from my fitness schedule, I don't do much for me. And when I do, I always feel like I have to ask permission, even though I don't. It's the whole "mom guilt" thing, and it's dumb. If I need some time alone, I should take it. If there's something I really want to do, and it's within reason, I should do it. Right? So I'm going to work on that. I'm going to do one thing every month just for me. A race, a manicure. A weekend with my college friends. One thing, and I won't feel guilty about it. This month's "one thing" is going to be that 5K I mentioned earlier. So I'm off to a great start!

Question: What books should I read this year? Do you use a guided journal? If so, which one?

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