I'm not much of a resolution person - I always think of those as things people make and break every year. It's all a choice of words and what your personal definition of the word is. I realize this, so I have no problem with other people making resolutions, it just has a bad connotation with me LOL.
It's funny because January IS a great time to get started on things. To me it's not because I sucked last year and this year I am determined to get it right for once haha. It's because once fall hits I'm busy and craving bad food and eating bad food and all the holidays kick off and it was just plain hard to focus and some internal part of me just didn't want to. It's a bit overwhelming. I felt like I needed a break. I needed to focus on getting the house, meals and gifts ready. But with the holidays over and the decorations put away, the house feels less cluttered. I can relax and breathe. There are no pressing matters or deadlines to worry over. The fresh white snow makes things look clean and new too. I think there's even something with the Winter Solstice and astrology, etc about new beginnings at this time, though I don't really follow all that so I'm not sure haha.
Anyway I have been craving January for the reasons above. Yesterday I got all the decorations boxed up. I just left out some general "winter" stuff and the house feels so much more open and clean now that there's not a tree in the living room and less decorations adorning every surface. I did a lot of cleaning and de-cluttering leading up to Christmas so I feel like I'm off to a good start there.
I also joined the January Jumpstart Challenge! Also I had a crazy idea! (okay, crazy to me!) in the past I had always been strict about 1-2 rest days per week. I think that was really important last year (I got started last year at this time due to lots of factors, none of them about the 'new year' though) since I was REALLY challenging my muscles and was SO sore from being inactive for so long. I had to do epsom soaks and lots of resting to recover Just walking was killing me at times. But since I've been staying fairly active things won't be hitting me as hard SO I decided I will work out every day - yay! I still believe in adequate rest, but I also believe in active recovery. On my "rest" days, instead of not doing any activity (which doesn't help make being active part of a healthy lifestyle habit) I will walk at least 10 minutes on the treadmill, or even just do some crunches before bed. SOMETHING. Every day. That is one of my huge goals. And the Jan Jumpstart Challenge should definitely help me get off on the right foot with that!
So here are my goals for the upcoming month that I've thought of so far, or focuses or intentions, whatever:
*Lost 5 lbs (think I can go above and beyond this, but starting small)
*measure and weigh in probably tomorrow so I officially know where I'm at
*complete the challenge
*track food and exercise daily
*Try a live zumba class (I've only done wii, but I know of a few classes in the area now!)
*meditate daily - even 5 mins before a workout or something)
*yoga at least 1x per week
*sleep 7.5-8 hrs a night, at least (stop staying up to watch TV!!)
*cardio (run or dvd) 5 days a week
*plan healthy menu - used to just do dinners, but will try to plan breakfasts and lunches too!
*blog a couple times a week
*measure food when cooking and eat proper servings
*reset goals on here
For the year:
*exercise daily (of course if I'm violently ill or something there could be an exception, but goal is to try my best!)
*hit a healthy bmi
*track food and exercise regularly
*run the crooked river 5k again (my first and only 5k was this one last may in a thunderstorm!)
*Chicago color run!
That's what I've come up with so far.
I also made some lists of breakfast, lunch and snack ideas that are healthy for me to refer to.
Also, I'm looking at the fitness/motivation pins on Pinterest again which help so much! and Pinning healthy recipes and workout ideas. I have a pretty good board for fitness/motivation pics and quotes - here's the link if anyone wants to check it out! pinterest.com/keickman/f
If you are still awake after reading all of this, thanks! After all that I don't even know what else to say haha
Have a happy new year!!!