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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.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CASSIOEPIA 1/4/2010 7:07PM

    You know I'm a big fan of the "baby step" approach! Your goals seem fine, and I wish you every success.

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COOPSM 1/4/2010 7:05PM

    Jules--you had alot happen last year, but you still come out on top---you will have a great 2010....we are here to help each other....

Can't wait to follow your progress!!!

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BOBBYD31 1/4/2010 6:50PM

    best of luck jules, we are always here to support each other(even if you disappear for days on end LOL). you had a rough year in 09 so i am sure you be right back on track soon and rock out 2010! all i ask is keep the NM a little cleaner than you girls did last year

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MIAMIA7 1/4/2010 6:50PM

    Sounds like good and achievable goals, Jules! I am looking into setting mine soon. I know you will do fine. Will keep looking for your blogs.

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AUNTIE65 1/4/2010 6:40PM

    Sounds like you made 2009 work regardless of your set backs (good for you) and have a strong plan for 2010! You will do GREAT!!


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GIGI1222 1/4/2010 4:26PM

    Sounds like a good plan. I am thinking baby steps with mine this year, as I do not want to be overwhelmed and throw in the towel. I think you will do great this year!!

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SEEBEES3 1/4/2010 3:59PM

    You've done well in 2009 and 2010 will be even better. You've done amazing all things considered. And you're starting on the right foot this year. I really like the idea of sustainability. Good luck!

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JOPAPGH 1/4/2010 3:00PM

    Considering all the obstacles, you had a great 2009. Plus you got the remodeling done. We still have a kitchen on the books for 2010...

There is nothing like a good workout buddy to keep you accountable.

Have a happy, healthy and productive 2010!

Comment edited on: 1/4/2010 3:07:21 PM

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WBOYACK 1/4/2010 2:32PM

  Even with a few set backs, you have had a remarkable year! Thank you for inspiring me!

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WONGERCHI 1/4/2010 2:19PM

    All the best Jules! You will ROCK it.

Small, attainable goals work for me too, I know you'll hit these!


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GSDMIKE 1/4/2010 12:59PM

    Best of luck this year. I'll be looking for those blogs.

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KING*GET*FIT 1/4/2010 11:10AM

    You always inspire and motivate me. Remember, trials just make us stronger.

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RHALES199 1/4/2010 10:06AM

    2009 was rough for me too... but what's important is that we keep going, despite hardships, and we've both done that!
Sounds like you've made some good goals for 2010.... You can do it!

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SPARKER59 1/4/2010 7:08AM

    So glad to see you again. It sounds like you are still doing really well, despite your setbacks. emoticon

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RACING4ME 1/4/2010 1:30AM

    I love you, I love you,. I love you!!! You did an amazing job last year, and I am so proud of your determination to get rocking it again!

Honey, you are my kindred spirit, and even if crazy is how you describe us, the outcome will be FIRM friends:)


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ETTEZEUS 1/3/2010 11:10PM

    Sounds like 2009 was successful even with the few set back. You're doing great Jules! Keep up the awesome work. I'd love to find a workout buddy. Especially a running buddy to do long runs with once a week.

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