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2013 Goals

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Since about mid-December, I have been thinking about what I want to accomplish in 2013. I have never laid out a full year of goals before, and I'm sure that things will shift and adjust as the year moves forward and life happens. I have set goals in several areas, but I am writing here the ones that pertain to my physical health.

1. Earn my black belt in both jujitsu and Patriot martial arts.
As of now I may be eligible to test for both in late March, but I will be testing for one at a time to allow me to fully prepare and focus on each. Short term, I will attend 3-5 classes a week, study my notes and practice techniques on my own.

2. Run 1000 miles.
This breaks down to just less than 20 miles a week. Quite an ambitious goal for me, but I plan to run at least two half marathons. The training for these will get me a long way toward reaching this goal.
Additionally, I will be helping my 2 older kids (10 and 7) run a couple times each week. They both love running time with Mom and/or Dad.

3. Start a garden.
I LOVE to garden, but I have lived in TX 7 years now and have yet to attempt this. The climate here is vastly different than where I grew up near Buffalo, NY and I will learn the growing seasons and techniques for this area. I have a small yard and a dog, so if anyone has any tips for making growing boxes or recommendations on where to start I'd love the help.
The fresh herbs and produce I grow can only help support any health goals I set for myself!

4. Lower my body fat %
I am in a weight range where I feel somewhat comfortable right now, but I feel there is room for improvement. My BMI is in the normal range but my body fat percentage is overweight. Diabetes runs rampant in my family, and I am determined to do everything I can to lower my risk.
All of the above goals plus continuing to monitor what I eat (as little processed food as possible) should help me achieve this.

So there it is. My health-related goal list for 2013.
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    I have really been thinking about gardening too! I am from Washington state and have not attempted to tackle South Texas gardening yet. I am seriously thinking of it though!
    1981 days ago
    Great goals! You can do it!
    1985 days ago
    Great and Awesome goals, Jennifer! Please let us know as you accomplish each one and as you get those miles whittled down. Good luck on that garden!
    1986 days ago
  • TAMARA6905
    You may want to check out Smart Gardner. They do all the hard work for you. You supply info like where you live, what you want to grow, etc and they tell you when to plant and tons of other stuff you need to be successful! Good Luck on reaching your goals, I'm sure you'll do it!
    1988 days ago
    Good luck! One of my goals is to hit 1000 miles too. Last year I was at just below 900 miles, so I just need to average about 10 miles per month more. Off to a good start this year, hope you are too!
    1988 days ago
    Wonderful goals!

    I love to garden and am a Master Gardener so would be glad to offer what help I can.
    1989 days ago
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