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.