Today is the day that half the nation will have sat making a list of resolutions, lots of new faces at the gym come tomorrow morning. A few new members starting at Weightwatchers on Monday.
Most will last less than half the year. Sticking at something so ambiguous for that long is commendable, really.
I have many goals for this year. One for each month (and a 13th to
scare push me) - I've spent this afternoon thinking about what I want to do to work towards my dream of where I want to be, this year. I've set myself 12 goals to achieve, one for each month (though some will be worked on over a few months).
The theme for January is 'Make A Plan' - so I spent an hour making my goals 'S.M.A.R.T' -
Measurable how much
I am going to run a marathon (26.2 miles) during January by completing c25k then doing 5km twice weekly to keep me running once I finish c25k.
- Run a marathon during January
- Perform 150 dips
- Complete level 1 kettlebells
- Run 10km
- Have a healthy BMI
- Work up to Sprint Triathlon distances
- Swim in the sea
- Compete in a Spartan Race
- Gorilla Run
- Lose 50% of my start weight
- Have graduated to Kettlebells circuits
- Half Marathon
1 - DONE - Run a Marathon during January - by running 26.2 miles over the month. I will track my runs using Endomondo ticker at the top of my blog. The last 3 runs of c25k & then running 5k 2x a week will have me doing just over the required milage. I want to keep running after completing c25k, and feel comfy running 5k at a time before moving on to longer distances, this should keep my focus.
2 - Perform 150 dips - by completing the 150 dips program. I am currently halfway through, and even with repeating each week, I should hit target of managing 150 by the end of February. I will do the program 2x a week to improve tone in the back of my upper arms, an area that's needing attention!
3 - Complete level one kettlebells course. (and book on to a level 2) 6 weeks course learning basic moves/workouts, be ready to move up to level 2 by end of March. Relevant as I have great fear of fitness classes, which I need to beat if I want to go to fitness classes... and I've paid in advance for the course, and booked on so I'll go!
4 - Run 10km at a time by the end of April (so starting in March). By continuing to go running three times a week and using the Bridge to 10k App. Continuing to make running something I just 'do' without too much effort/hassle.
5 - Have a Healthy BMI (weigh 145lbs) by May 8th - ties in with my new challenge with Rachael 'Get Ready For Eddie' - and being at a healthy weight BEFORE my babies turn 5 would be a bit of a boost!
6 - Work up to Sprint Triathlon distances - June through August (as well as continuing to run 10k twice a week) work on getting my distances from 10k/2.5k/400m to the sprint distances of 20k/5k/750m.
7 - Swim in the sea - get a cossie on and get out in the summer, stop worrying about how I look and ENJOY a family seaside day out. Properly. Swim, paddle, collect rocks, eat chips on the beach. (Set for July, but somewhat weather dependant!!)
8 - Spartan Race - 5k obstacle course. Booked on already, as I promised myself I would when I ran 5k. I'll be running the distance easily, but the obstacles should make a good challenge. I know once I've been there and got the t-shirt it'll feel AWESOME.
9 - Gorilla Run - similar vein - it's relevant to me as it's part of my 30 for 30, it's conservation and running and fun. 7km through London in a gorilla suit will push me, need to make sure I enter once I'm running 10k in April.
10 - Lose half my start weight. Losing 1/2lb a week from May will see me at 117lb for the end of October. I'd love to do a 'half of me' post with pictures. It's a BMI of 20, it's attainable and I'd like to earn my title as 'halfling mama' ;)
11 - Graduate to kettlebell circuits. Attending level 1 and 2 and then advanced courses first, I'll be able to take part in circuits classes. I've heard such good things about kettlebells, I want to get me some of that.
12 - Run a Half Marathon by end of 2013 - Starting after the training for Spartan/Gorilla Run in August/September, train towards running 13.1 miles.