It’s that time of year…….Resolution Season. Fitness apparel and smoothie blenders go on sale, and all the magazines write about ten easy ways to organize your life. Because those are probably the two biggest goals of any New Year – lose weight/get fit and get organized. As a fellow failed resolutionist, I know what a challenge this can be.
My boyfriend, Greg, likes to say “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” He is a high school teacher, and this is currently up on his wall as a reminder to his students. I’ve heard him say it dozens of times, without realizing that it was becoming rooted in my own brain.
My best friend, Jon, gave me a planner for Christmas. The planner I’d wanted but couldn’t justify the money on. It’s a Commit 30 planner. (I love this thing – they aren’t paying me to plug it, trust me.) Mine is bright pink, and it’s awesome.
Here’s how it works: You set an overall vision for the year, which is helpfully broken down into different areas of life. You then set a goal for every month, and break it down into bites, and include a reward at the end of it if you succeed. January……..was “CLEAR THE CLUTTER” emotional, physical, and mental. The plan is to meditate more, clean out the closets, and the big one………..finish the guestroom……….
I am proud to say that this blog post is brought to you by a clean guestroom, which includes a writing nook for me, and a vintage nap spot for Puck Everlasting, who likes to hang with me when I write.
Now on to the fitness goals, because you know they exist. Every year, I say I am going to do big things. Run a full marathon. Run a 50K. Drop 30 pounds. Give up sugar forever. Do planks every time a commercial comes on TV (I watch Netflix, sooooo………………..) I always have good intentions, and I like to MAKE BIG PLANS. They are exciting and splashy and fun!
This year, I’m going a different route. This year I’m looking at the time I have available, the list of possible goals, and what’s actually achievable right now. Do I want to complete a full marathon at some point? Yes. Did I find myself looking at the Savannah Rock n Roll Marathon in November? Yup. Did I look at training plans? Sure did.
But then I realized that while yes, I could force it to work, it wouldn’t be pretty. People I care about would get short shrift, and I would be frustrated. Back to the drawing board.
How about surmountable goals? One you know you can reach without total havoc? That I can do. So here are my goals for CrossFit and running in 2018:
- Sub 30 Minute 5K (I ran a 33:49 in 2011)
- Strict Pull-up
- Spartan Sprint Race
- Double Unders
If I meet any of these goals early, then I can up the ante. If I master pull-ups, I can go for a muscle up. If I master handstands, I can go for a handstand push-up. Right now, I am running/walking 14:11 miles. I have some work to do, but I know I can do it if I keep my head in the game and out of the clouds.
What are your resolutions?