I went shopping yesterday, and walking into the store, the signs of an impending New Year were in full force! Displayed prominently near the entrance were party favors AND digital scales. Throughout the store, speakers droned on about Slim Fast and treadmills. Apparently a New Year equals a renewed attention to one’s weight.
I think goals are great! I love the feeling of accomplishment when I have met a goal. I love the satisfaction of crossing items off my to-do list. I enjoy trying out a new hobby. However, I am a little perplexed by the plans for drastic diet or exercise changes at the start of a new year. I feel much better about committing to smaller goals, and building on them. I think, for me at least, it is more sustainable and more enjoyable.
For instance, when I decided I would like to start running (see post about how that came about), if I had tried to run a marathon that first summer, I can only imagine I would have crashed and burned. I probably would have hated it and quit long ago.
Instead, I took the summer to build up to a 5K. It felt great to go from zero to 3.1 miles! Since then, I have participated in relays with distances up to 10K, and I have run a bit farther than that in training. It’s incredible to look back and realize that three years ago, I probably couldn’t have run around a block.
On that note, I am pleased to say that I registered for the Fargo Half-Marathon this coming May. This is a distance I have never run, so it will be a challenge. Yes, I am a little nervous. My goal is to train well and to finish. 🙂
Other things I want to do in 2011:
* Finish The Chronicles of Narnia series with my family. We have just started the second book, and we are all enjoying it so much!
* Travel! My husband and I both got passports for the first time (shocking, I know), and I would love to use them!
* Continue trying out new recipes with an emphasis on healthful foods.
* Go on lots of bicycle rides with my children this summer. Last summer marked the end of training wheels at our house, and it makes such a difference. We can really move now!
* Plant an herb garden and make good use of it!!
* Consistently get enough sleep. This means making sure I go to bed at a decent time!
I suppose none of these are what you’d call earth shattering, but they are valuable to me. I think there is great value in reading (more on this some other time), so I am thrilled to be reading the Narnia books aloud as a family and am committed to finishing the entire series. I think that if I train for the half-marathon, spend time being active with my children, and focus on eating fresh and healthful foods, that these small things will contribute to maintaining, or perhaps improving, my health. Adequate sleep is so important, and something I sacrifice too easily. As for travel, well, that’s for fun! Nothing wrong with fun! 🙂
What are your goals for 2011? Wishing you all a safe and happy new year!