Instead of making a yearly resolution, I am going to continue what I started doing last year by making monthly goals. This worked pretty good!
So here are my goals for the month of January:
Complete one tabata exercise per week
My friend and I started these two weeks ago and we love it! Tabata workouts are high intensity that builds endurance and muscle strength. We use the 4 minute 20/10 workouts. Basically you pick 2-4 movements and complete the exercise in 20 seconds on with only a 10 second break in between. Your heart gets pumping fast and the sweat pours! We are mixing in strength and cardio with ours. Doing this workout is tough but you feel so great afterwards. And a little drained! And as a bonus, my gym just posted this week that they are offering Tabata classes starting next week. So we can either do these on our own or the class setting.
Continue working on plank holds
I have a fitness goal to hold a 5 minute plank. This stemmed from my friend and I chatting about the world record. A guy held a plank (from his elbows) for 1 hour and 20 minutes. I can't even begin to imagine the strength it took to hold on for that long. So we are challenging ourselves to work up to a 5 minute hold. Currently I am at 1 minute and 30 seconds. Hopefully by the end of January I will be able to hold one for 2 minutes.
I have held a plank for over 3 minutes but that was with changing directions. Going from side to front and then back to the side. Holding it on your elbows straight is very tough!
Continue with kettlebell training once or twice a week
I picked back up the bells towards the end of last year and have seen some great improvements. I am now up to working out with kettlebells at least twice a week and I am hoping to keep that up!
Painting the kids bedrooms
We are in the process of changing around rooms for the kids. My boys are currently sharing a room and with them getting older we are finding that they need their own space. My oldest Jacob is moving to the playroom and then Andrew and Kacie are switching rooms. So that leaves us with 3 rooms to paint and clean. I am hoping to get at least Jacob's room completed in January.
This may seem like a weird goal but once I explain, you will understand. In a couple of weeks my place of work will be hosting a blood drive. I haven't given blood in years because #1. I HATE needles and #2. I usually pass out. But after seeing first hand what a donation can do I want to start helping out. My Father-in-law has been getting blood transfusions for his leukemia and it has saved his life. I want to help out another person who may be in his shoes or even worse. So I'm going to do it.... I'm going to give blood. I just hope I don't chicken out when the time comes. I will report back!
January is going to be a great month.... I can feel it!