I don’t like to make New Year’s Resolutions. Resolutions seem to have the reputation of being broken shortly after January comes to an end. Generally speaking, I’ve always been healthy, so I prefer to start out the new year with some health and fitness “goals.” It’s not that I’m really waiting for January 1st to begin, but the few weeks leading up to the Near Year are not really an ideal time to focus on making changes. Between Christmas parties, staying out later than usual at events, all of the available food, and with less motivation to workout on a regular schedule, it’s hard to start until January 1st hits. Starting today, though, I’m focused and ready to go again!
These are my 5 health & fitness goals for 2014:
- Drink more water! I always struggle with this during the winter. When it’s hot outside, I’m thirstier, so I drink more. In the winter, I notice that I don’t get as thirsty and sometimes it can get to 1:00 in the afternoon before I realize that (gasp!), I don’t have a water cup out for the day. Ugh. That’s not good for me at all and I know it’s the cause of my headaches and hunger some days. So, starting today, I’ve made the goal to drink at least 60 oz of water per day. How did I come up with that number? Well, generally speaking, you should be drinking half your body weight in fluid ounces. However, because I workout more than the average person, I know I should really be drinking more than this number. I’m setting my goal at 60…but I’m going to try to drink more than this on a daily basis. I think it will help fight off hunger, keep me hydrated, as well as help to flush out any toxins that accumulate in my body.
- Sleep at least 7 hours per night. I will admit, this is going to be hard for me. We get up at 5:05 a.m. every morning, so that means I need to be ASLEEP by 10:00 each night. I would love to get 8 hours every night, but I know that’s not going to be practical. I put my kids to bed between 7:30 and 8:00 every night and then by the time I get all of my ‘chores’ done around the house, I usually don’t sit down until close to 8:30. I also find that I spend a few minutes (okay, more than a few…) catching up on my blog ‘work,’ whether that be social media or typing up a new post. Turning the computer off sometimes can be hard for me! However, my husband and I usually like to watch one TV show together at night, so I’ll have to make sure we start that by 9:00. I know that getting at least 7 hours of sleep every night will make a big difference in my overall mood, too. The hardest days of my life were when my twin boys were in their first year (and I had a toddler as well). The lack of sleep we got was impressive. I remember being THRILLED if I got more than a 2 hour stretch of sleep (and sometimes three hours of sleep TOTAL was all I would get in a night). It was horrible. I now understand how sleep deprivation can be used as a method of torture. No joke. Anyway, my kids MOSTLY sleep through the night these days. If one of my boys does wake up, it’s for a quick trip to the bathroom and he goes right back to sleep. Occasionally, we have a rough night here and there, but thankfully, we’re all getting MUCH more sleep now than we did 2 years ago.
- Start and complete 90 days of P90X3. We’re both really excited about this. We did the original P90X workouts all throughout last year, but we’re ready to be challenged again. These new workouts are only 30 minutes in length, so I know I’ll still be running or using the elliptical afterwards, but I’m really looking to the ‘muscle confusion’ that is about to happen! After a few days, I’ll share our thoughts on the workouts as well as share our ‘before’ pictures. I can’t wait to see the changes in muscle tone! I feel like I’m pretty fit and toned already, so it will be exciting to see just how much definition I can get (especially in my stomach).
- Step up my running routine. I don’t focus much on mileage (though I’ve been recording my mileage for almost 20 years now). I would like to run at least one half marathon, if not two…and, of course, I would like to set a PR when I do. I would love to run another full marathon someday, but I don’t think this will be the year. Maybe next year? Training for a full marathon is such a time commitment…and it’s not one that I feel like I can fully commit to with three little kids still at home with me all day. However, half marathons are ‘do-able’ and I’m 100% committing to running at least one (though, I really want to run two)! I plan to incorporate speed training into my training this year, so that should help me achieve my PR goals.
- And, finally, I want to continue eating real foods. I think I did a really good job avoiding processed foods at home this past year and I’m looking forward to another year of that. I enjoy making so many of our foods from ‘scratch,’ and I know there are so many new foods that I can make at home on my radar. (In fact, I’m going to be making my first batch of all organic homemade ice cream today!!) I’m also looking forward to making my own whole wheat tortillas this year. I hope to buy more locally-raised meat, produce, and eggs than I did last year as well. I’ve learned so much this past year and I know I’m going to continue to keep learning and expanding my food choices. It’s been an amazing journey and one that I’m so excited to be sharing with my family. The fact that my daughter asked for a waffle maker and a juice maker for Christmas is telling you she pays attention to this stuff! She’s already forgotten about so many of the things we bought a year ago at the grocery store. She thinks nothing of me baking a loaf of sandwich bread or eating homemade waffles vs Eggos or that her macaroni and cheese does NOT come from a box. My kids love smoothies with spinach/kale mixed in and, even though they don’t always eat what I serve, they are being exposed to these foods on a regular basis. These are things that are “normal” to them now and I’m very happy about that.
If you have any questions about how to get started on eating more real foods, please ask me! I’m happy to share what I’ve learned over the past year with other people. You can either email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can send me a message/post on my wall at any of my social media accounts. I’m active on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter AND Google+!
Here’s to a healthy, active, and happy 2014!
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