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My Goals for 2013

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

I had considerable success with my 2012 goals of exercising for 2012+ miles in 2012 and completing my first half marathon. And I relearned that I am goal driven - I like to check things off my lists. I've always been this way. Now I'm going to use it for my advantage.

Some of my biggest struggles are with food and arm & ab strength. I couldn't figure out how to be very specific about the strength goals until I found and completed SparkPeople's fitness tests for crunches and pushups. My goals there move me up two levels on the charts.

So, without further ado, here are MY GOALS FOR 2013:

Food prep: 30-60 minutes/day
Pushups (modified): 20
Crunches: 15
10K in 59:59 minutes or less
Marathon - finish
2013 exercise miles

FOOD PREP: I will spend at least this much time planning menus, actually preparing and preportioning food, tracking my fuel.

PUSHUPS (20) - Did 7 on first test. Retest on last day of month. Do ST 3x/week.

CRUNCHES (15) - Did zero on first test. Retest on last day of month. Do ST 3x/week.

10K in 59:59 MINUTES OR LESS - PR is 69:07. Follow Galloway's training program for this - currently in week 6. I have three more races in the Winter Run Series in which to achieve this goal, with the last one in mid-March.

MARATHON - Participate in Milwaukee's Galloway Group Training starting in spring. Will stop 10K for time training when I start this training. Completed my first half marathon last November. I trained on my own and with my husband using the Galloway program.

2013 EXERCISE MILES - PR is 2026 in 2012. I will continue to log my miles spent hiking, run/walking, walking, biking and on the recumbent bike. I REALLY love to hike, so I hope to add lots of miles hiking the Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin. I've done 320 of the 1200 miles in 9 of the 30 counties so far.

Since I am a morning person, my plan is to work on these goals right after breakfast/lightbox time, or right after my early morning work shifts. My work schedule varies, but I am trying to make routines that work for my real life.

I will be doing ST everyday in order to build the habit, alternating between arms on run days, and core work on non-run days.

I will be participating in the BLC21 challenge :)

I am reading "The Power of Habit" by Charles Duhigg. Both personally and as a former psychology/social work student, I am fascinated by the ideas in this book. So much of what I've sort of known intuitively and am struggling to grasp and use to my advantage is talked about in this book. And so much of what SparkPeople is about is supported by this book. :)

I am so very grateful for this site, my teams and you, my Spark Friends!

We CAN do this!
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    Great goals!!!! I need to do this too!
    1985 days ago
    Very good goals for 2013...

    I really like the food prep and planning goal.
    I would like to include this into my daily routine.
    1986 days ago
    What a terrific list! What challenging goals! I look forward to watching you meet everyone of them this year.
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    1986 days ago
    what a great goal for 2012 - and you met it! Great goals for 2013 too..... you will be doing full push ups in very little time.
    1987 days ago
    You weren't kidding when you said you needed some time to think about your goals!! emoticon The miles you put in are phenomenal!! I admire your ability to put in so many miles!! ST is a great goal for you to work on... like the idea of apps for ST. emoticon emoticon
    1987 days ago
  • JESSIKA_56
    Great goals! I love to hike, too, but unfortunately not a lot of opportunities where I live in Kansas!
    1987 days ago
  • AMYJEAN911
    I LOVE your goals!! Do you have a smartphone? I have some cool apps for abs and push ups (and squats, if you want that too), send me a message if you're interested and I'll find you a link. ;)

    How did you arrive at your mileage goal? Just the year?

    I'm a list checker-offer too. And I need massive goals to stay on track. I didn't make any race plans for late fall/early winter 2012 and basically fell completely off the wagon! I'm back on it with my first Half in May and Full in October.

    I'm off to google-image your Ice Age Trail. Sounds lovely!!

    1987 days ago
  • SAASHA17
    Way to go..u can do it..wooooohooo
    1988 days ago
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