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2013 Health and Fitness Goals

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

I love goals, and love making (and achieving!) goals each year. New Years makes me a bit giddy because it means I get to start over with new goals and ideas, and this year is no different in that regard. What IS different this year is the way I'm approaching my health and fitness goals for 2013. I want to focus less on the number on my scale and more on becoming more fit and toned. This past year was difficult for me, when my main focus was on trying to reach a certain weight and I kept running into major hurdles. I don't want to repeat that frustration, especially as I get closer to my eventual goal and weight loss becomes increasingly hard. I do hope to complete my weight loss journey this year, but I also want to be okay if it takes longer than that. And so, most of my goals this year focus on those things I have some control over. Here goes:

1. Lose at least 10% of my body weight (-16 lbs). This will bring me to 143 lbs, which is the top end of my eventual maintenance range. Bonus: to get to the bottom end of the range, at 137 lbs (-22 lbs).

2. Run a 10K. This doesn't have to be an official race or anything - I just want to increase my longest running distance, which is currently 3.5 miles.

3. Run 12+ 5Ks. These can be official OR unofficial runs, and runs of a greater distance still count towards this goal, though only once per run (i.e. a 10K does not equal two 5Ks). Bonus: run a sub-30:00 5K.

4. Continue to strengthen my upper body and back muscles to complete my goal of doing 5+ pull-ups. At present, I can *almost* but not quite do a full pull-up without assistance.

5. Decrease body fat (31.1% on Dec 31st) and increase muscle mass (30% on Dec 31st), until I have more muscle than fat. Also, get my BF into the normal range (under 30%) and my MM into the high category (over 30.3%).

So that's what I've got for health and fitness. I think those are doable! Time to get to work!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 1/6/2013 12:20PM


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TINAJANE76 1/5/2013 1:10PM

    Looks like a great set of very doable goals. I just have one more to add to the mix: join the 'At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance' team. I'm going to keep hounding you until you come on board, lol!

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ROBYNROSE26 1/4/2013 7:42PM

    Great Goals

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PARASELENIC 1/4/2013 4:30PM

    I think these are totally doable, but excessively exciting-- this next year is going to bring about some really great milestones... I hope that you take the time to take some pictures of yourself in "revealing" clothes (not to post here), as this next year is going to have a ton of changes in your body that won't reflect on the scale as much as before. Getting down to the maintenance range is slow-going sometimes number wise, but body-wise can yield some great results. Having pictures to account for it can be very heartening as you kicka$$ through this year.

So excited for you, so dang proud of your accomplishments... wow.

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RYDERB 1/4/2013 9:44AM

    emoticon Amanda!

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  Those are some great goals! You are definitely on the right track! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TRUE-NESS 1/3/2013 3:48PM

    Amanda, these are great goals! And guess what? The 10K and 5K are very similar to mine for this year!!! I have a goal of running a 10K this year!! We'll be in that challenge together since the furthest I've run is 3.1 miles. But, I'm actually okay with a run/walk for that one. I have a goal of running 6 5K's this year...official or unofficial!! I'm excited about getting back into running. I figure I'll be training all year if I have to run a 5K every other month! emoticon

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HEALTHY156 1/3/2013 2:03PM

    these are AWESOME Goals! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Great goals!! I know you can accomplish them all! I really need to think about my long term goals. I've only been making goals for about 3 months ahead right now.

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TANYA602 1/2/2013 7:35PM

    Love these goals! More and more I see SP friends getting closer and closer to maintenance! I applaud how far you've come and hope that 2013 is one of your best years yet!

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Great goals. Let's get going!!!

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CHANGINGSAM 1/2/2013 3:19PM

    Great goals, Amanda! emoticon

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NOTHIN2IT 1/2/2013 1:28PM

    Sounds like very good goals. I know you will absolutely be able to achieve them! You are such an inspiration :)

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C8TSON 1/2/2013 12:02PM

  GREAT goals!!! I know you will have continued success this year. You have done so great despite the battles. I'm hoping for an easier road to success this year for you. emoticon

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KOOKYKATHIE 1/2/2013 11:29AM

    Sounds like a good plan! emoticon

Best of luck in 2013. emoticon

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  I love the BF% goal. I've been really remiss in not thinking much about my BF%. Did you have yours tested somewhere, or do you use a scale?

Comment edited on: 1/2/2013 11:01:19 AM

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 1/2/2013 9:54AM

  I don't even need to wish you good luck, because I know you and your drive to succeed is just as strong (if not stronger!) than when I first met you. You have succeeded and exceeded so many expectations and goals already. You continue to amaze and inspire so many of us. Like I said, I don't "need" to wish you good luck, but you have those wishes anyway. Mostly I wish you continued success and for you to continue to show us the possibilities!

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    Those sounds like GREAT goals!! You can do this!

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    oh you've got this!

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MOMMACASSEY 1/2/2013 9:13AM

    Those are definitely SMART goals. And I thought I was doing well just by having the dates by which I want to reach a certain number... on the scale.

What tools do you use to measure your BF and MM?

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SYNCHRODAD 1/2/2013 8:52AM

    "Without goals there is no motivation." Dr. Robert Frost. Look like you have plenty of motivation. Great success in 2013!

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RUNNING-TURTLE 1/2/2013 8:42AM

    emoticon Goals. emoticon

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SHIRE33 1/2/2013 8:41AM

    I love clear, straightforward goals. These are great.

I'm hoping to reach my weight goal in six months or so, then set goals for maintenance. But I'm not getting hyper focused on the weight side. Mostly I want to have the kind of consistency it takes to get there, even if I don't do it in that time frame. That would be the real achievement.

It's funny, how your perspective changes on goals over the long term. At first, it's like throwing a dart at the wall in the dark. Now know more about the process, and I want more precise placement. :D

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