Planning for a Successful 2010
Sunday, January 03, 2010
Now that the craziness of the December holidays combined with remodeling is over, it's time for me to think about the new year. In doing so, I find it useful to recap my last year.
I took some real hits last year: lost two trainers, got injured, had my husband lose his job.
I had a definite setback with my weightloss, and gained a significant (in my viewpoint) amount of weight back.
My hormones are doing some wacky things, probably age-related, which may be affecting my ability to lose weight.
On the up side, I am learning how to manage my own fitness program. Not without problems and flubs, but I've found a fabulous trainer who teaches classes at my gym, and whose expertise I can enjoy for free just for being a member at my gym. I continued to run, and ran my first two 10K's.
I have successfully made water my drink of choice, and haven't reverted to soda. I am thrilled that I really don't even desire or enjoy soda anymore.
I've made a firm connection with a wonderful workout buddy who is as committed as I am to regular workouts but is flexible schedule-wise, and who is at a comparable fitness level and, most importantly, who is extraordinarily compatible with me personality-wise.
So, in spite of my frustration with my weight gain, I am actually pleased with my progress last year. I handled setbacks, and have taken charge of my own fitness program.
So my goals for this year are going to be simple and broad, to be made more specific on a month-by-month basis. They are, as follows:
Maintain a regular schedule of ST at least twice a week, and 4-6 days of cardio sessions of at least 30 minutes a day.
Make healthy food choices at least 80% of the time.
Work on getting a healthy amount of sleep most nights.
Continue with some performance goals, such as completing at least one more triathlon, doing some more 5K's or 10K's,
Each month I will look at these overall goals and see how I can work on them for that month, hopefully building from one to the next.
January's goals are:
1 - participate in the Spark your Body bootcamp
2 - begin tracking food again
3 - get 10 cups of water a day
4 - Try to blog at least twice more (total of 3, with this one) during the month.
It's not terribly ambitious, but I don't want to go out full bore and burn out quick. I want to focus on small, sustainable changes. So for now, this will be it. I'll see if they need to be tweaked or revisited as I go along.
Thanks to all my friends who have stuck with me - you made a huge difference in my 2009, even if I didn't show it very well. I will try to stay in better touch this year.