I absolutely love setting new goals. It doesn’t matter what type of goal I am setting: fitness or personal, I am a goal person. I don’t understand why people are hesitant to set goals. Worst case scenario, you don’t accomplish your goal, and that’s okay. Next time you can set more manageable, reachable goals.
A few months ago I set the goal for myself to run a half marathon. I don’t even really like running that much, however, I thought that it would be a good thing to check off a bucket list.
I went from running the occasional 5k to running twenty miles a week. It was crazy. I didn’t know what I was doing, and I thought that the plans I found on Pinterest would work. And, they actually did. I started to like running. The first time I ran eight miles without stopping (at like a 9:30ish pace) I texted and called everyone I knew to tell them. I’m not sure if I was proud of myself, or just shocked that I had accomplished it.
Even though my Pinterest training plan was working out fantastically, after about three months of training the allure vanished. I was bored, and kind of over it. I also had some life things happening and kept getting distracted from my training.
At first, I was disappointed in myself for getting distracted and veering from “the plan.” It took me a few weeks to realize that it was okay that it didn’t work out. I have my whole life to do it, and I know that I will. I also realized that I should be proud of myself. I accomplished so many running goals that I didn’t even know I had. I managed to run A LOT without stopping, and I finally started to enjoy running.
Even though my half marathon didn’t pan out the way that I had planned, I am still excited to set some new fitness goals for the new year!!! Personally, I think that you should set goals throughout the year and not just the new year. However, a new year with new goals is a great way to start!
My goals this year are more manageable than the half marathon goal. I am SO excited!
Goal #1: Go to two workout classes a week
Right now, I only attend one workout class a week: Orangetheory. If you haven’t checked out Orangetheory, I highly recommend it! Your first class is even free! It is a sixty-minute class with a focus on weights, and HIIT running. I wear my Polar watch when I do this class (and wear the required OT heart rate monitor) and I burn at least 700 calories per class. I walk out of the class 100% covered in sweat. I love the class because you are trying to increase your heart rate and stay in the “orange zone.” The zone focuses on the afterburn. If your heart rate stays in the zone for at least twelve minutes, you keep burning calories for the next 24 hours.
My second workout class that I am going to take is going to be at LA Fitness. I think that I’ll switch it up depending on what type of class that I am in the mood for. LA Fitness has so many great classes! Bootcamps, ab classes, spinning, and more.
Goal #2: Walk Allie at least four days a week…and long walks!
Sometimes I am really good at this. In the summer, I walk Allie even twice a day sometimes. When I get super busy, this is the first thing to go. I walk her around my apartment complex of course, but I might not walk her the miles that she deserves. I need to make sure that I am being a good dog mom, and that I am walking her enough!
Goal #3: Drink enough water
I need to make sure that I am drinking enough water. When I start off my day drinking water, I realize that I continue drinking water. When it is 10:00 am and I haven’t drunk any, I feel like I am playing catch up all day!
Goal #4: Lift weights at least once a week
I go through phases of liking to lift. I need to make sure that I lift a few days a week or incorporate weights into the end of my cardio workout.
1) What are your goals for the new year?
2) Do you like weights or cardio?