Hello & Happy New Year again! I know we are all back to the grind and struggling through the first week back to work. I was especially tired after the two days of USATF Level One Coaching Certification class I attended on Saturday and Sunday. More on that later.
Every year I write some goals or resolutions that I later come back to and feel deflated when I realize I missed them. For example last year’s goals of no fast food, a BQ, have fun, and read more came out to about fifty-fifty. I still ate fast food and I have yet to hit a BQ – so, yeah, bummer. I did have a lot of fun in 2015 and I did read a lot more – yay.
Ultimately though, those goals and resolutions leave me feeling flat. I know I had a good year and did a lot of work. It wasn’t perfect, for sure, but do I really need resolutions that make me feel bad? Sure don’t. And guess what? In researching resolutions, I see this trend popping up – just say NO to resolutions.
I’m not making any big resolutions or goals this year as I want to work hard to be my best every day.
This not only means hitting those training runs, but also accepting myself as I am. I am hard on myself and my negative self thinking is what holds me back in a lot of aspects of my life. I am the best cheerleader for everyone else but I really need to work on being a cheerleader for myself. And this is something I can work on every day and not beat myself up about if I slip off now and again.
Now that the resolution and goal talk is out of the way, let’s look at my year in numbers. As Keara would say, just for funsies…
In 2015 I…
ran 1,088 miles.
biked 104 miles.
swam 58 miles.
attended 50 strength and conditioning sessions led by Coach Jon or Coach Nick.
attended 9 yoga classes.
raced 18 times (this includes swim meets & open water races).
My favorite books of the year were The Girl on the Train and All the Light We Cannot See.
I’m looking forward to a fabulous 2016 and can’t wait to see what’s in store for all of you! Did you make any resolutions this year? Why or why not?
You are right on the money about no resolutions! I agree with you, my goal is just to be a better person everyday. My sister and I just picked up girl on the train… I'm glad to hear it was a favorite of last year!
Way to have a positive attitude!! You DO a lot, don't be so hard on yourself! (I have to constantly remind myself this little tip also). Thanks for sharing!
You are a rock star and my resolution is to be happy and healthy! I think there is so much emphasis on so many things 🙂
I loved the girl on the train and I think I actually own All the light we cannot see so I may have to actually read it!
I love to read yet sometimes I would just rather watch mind numbing TV 🙂
Happy New Year!
Only the one resolution for the year…. More Boy Dog …. 2016 will so rock…. Cheers
Down with resolutions!! I am more of a goal setter (maybe there isn't a difference) and it seems like there is less pressure setting a goal than resolution. My only goal that I am going to focus super hard on this year is paying off debt.
You had a great year even if you don't hit all those goals. I'm with you though – setting goals is great but I think maybe it's better to set mini goals as the year goes on than try to set a bunch of big ones in January that may not even apply by a few months in.
Seriously swimming 58 miles makes you a hero in my book! 🙂
Happy New Year!!!
Great year! I loved All the Light We Cannot See. I'm trying to just goal set one month at a time – then I can base my goals on where I am now instead of where I think/hope I'll be six months from now.
I totally get it! I set 3-6 month goals and revisit them often and make them small that way I can actually accomplish them. 🙂
Great numbers last year!
Love, love, love your focus for 2016! You had a 2015 to be proud of and I know 2016 is going to be even better!
Yes and yes! Aspire to do your best every single day… right there with you 🙂