Since we are in the first third of January I feel like I can still declare my New Year’s Resolutions. I turned 45 last month (forty-freaking-five!!) and starting jotting down my goals for the year. Some of these goals are pretty lofty and are pushing the envelope to midlife crisis mode. If I am going to accomplish these things, some things have got to change and new habits need to be developed. This year, I have a lot of goals but my focus will be on running and weight loss. It may be a new year, but these resolutions are not new and I am determined to make them happen.
One of my main reoccurring things on my list was I to become a runner again. I miss running and I miss doing races. I currently don’t know my running baseline but considering I got winded walking up a flight of steps, I think I will be starting from ground zero. I am not in good shape at the moment and it can only go up from where I am at.
I am the type of person that needs some sort race or event to keep me motivated. I have signed up for a few races in 2019 and I intend on training for them. I am notorious for saying that but then not putting the time in to properly train. I am setting out to change that pattern! I have determined that in order to sneak in training to my crazy schedule I am going to have to do a couple of things, the first is get up earlier and the second is to actually schedule time on the calendar to get my run in. It is an added benefit that I have friends with similar goals that I can lean on for accountability and to meet up for a quick run.
I have selected a few races that are fun events in the upcoming months.
- May: ALS Superhero Dash. This is a race where I am going to raise money for this terrible disease. My husband has a motor neuron disease that falls under the ALS umbrella so this event is near and dear to my heart.
- June: Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon in Duluth. It is a great race in my hometown.
- October: Twin Cities Marathon. I am not currently signed up but I really have the itch for 26.2 miles. It may not be in the cards but I definitely want to start working towards this goal.
What kind of a year kicks off without weight loss not being on the list? I think that losing weight has been on my list every year since I have been 10 years old. I just turned 45 and I have determined that I need to make some changes that will shrink my waistline and the numbers on the scale. I am not looking to have a bikini body but I want to be healthy. I have a target of about 50-65 lbs to lose.
I am embarrassed to say that I have gained all the weight back from last September when I completed the Whole 30 and I have completely failed my Healthy Wage. I need to dust myself off and get back on the wagon. I know there is not a magic way to drop this weight, I just need to plan better.
I am looking forward to an exciting 2019 and making progress on these two goals.