I wrote a post last January with my health and fitness goals for 2014. I hadn’t planned to set any new goals this year, but over the last week, I realized I had a few that I wanted to make. And if I share them publicly, it helps keep me accountable. Generally speaking, I’m already fairly healthy: I workout consistently 5-6 days a week, I avoid processed foods almost entirely at home, I eat lots of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis, I make sleep a priority, I drink water almost exclusively, and I’ve never smoked a cigarette in my life. Here’s the thing, though… Even though I do all those things, I always feel like there is room for improvement and I could definitely be healthier in 2015 (without losing my sanity, that is)!!
My 2015 health & fitness goals:
- Drink more water! This was a goal for last year and it remains something I struggle with at times. There are times during the year when I do so well with this goal and make sure to finish my pitcher of water every day. And then sometimes I get in a “counter cleaning frenzy” and just want all the extra stuff off my countertop…so the pitcher of water gets washed, I put it away, and I stop drinking enough. I know it’s bad when I get to the afternoon hours and realized I never even got a water cup out for the day! So, as always, I’m going to continue to work on this. My goal is still to drink over 60 oz of water per day. (Generally speaking, you should be drinking half your body weight in fluid ounces of water each day. If you sweat more than the average person, then you should drink more.) I can honestly say that drinking water helps me fight food cravings, as well as keeping me fully hydrated.
- Sleep at least 7 hours per night. This is also a goal from 2014 and another one with which I continue to struggle. It is very hard for me to stop whatever I’m doing in the evenings to go to bed. The house is quiet, the kids are asleep, and I want to enjoy that. However, getting only 6 hours (or less!) of sleep each night really wears me down after a full week. Plus, my boys still are not the best sleepers and 7 nights out of 10, someone will wake me up for one reason or another. My husband and I get up at 5:00 every morning during the week to workout, so that means I need to be ASLEEP before 10:00 each night. I would love to get 8 hours every night, but I’m going to be realistic and set the goal at 7. I’m going to continue to work on this goal!
- Continue working out 5-6 days a week. Last year at this time we started P90X3. While I wasn’t crazy about that program, like I wrote in my final review, we still do some of the workouts from it. Now we simply combine P90X and P90X3 workouts. (My husband wants me to come up with another schedule to follow–like I’ve done in the past–so I’ll be working on that soon.) I have some ‘holiday weight gain’ that I would like to see disappear. I also need a new pair of jeans. So, I’ve set myself a little weight loss goal and when I get my body back to where I’m most comfortable, I will go buy myself a new pair of jeans! However, I’m fully aware that my abs are made in the kitchen, not my exercise room!
- Changing up my running plan. For the past several years, it seems my running focus has always been on long distances. I’ve run 3 half marathons since having kids and, in my head, that was “better.” However, the long distances have gotten to me and I think I’m ready for a new kind of challenge. I want to train for some 5k and 10k races this year! In the past, these distances always seemed too short and too wimpy for me. However, I also know a part of me is scared of the shorter distances because I am NOT a fast runner. I’m a slow and steady wins the race kind of runner. (Not that I actually win many races, but you get the idea.) I excel at longer distances because I can run negative splits for 13 miles straight. This year, though? I want to focus on enjoying running, maybe increasing my speed, and simply running for the enjoyment (and to stay in shape). I want to stop beating up my body with 10+ mile runs on weekends. No matter what anyone says, I think the long distances are hard on our bodies. Challenging and great for goal-setters like me? Yes! However, I think this is the year I’m going to step back and not run any long distance races. I make no promises for 2016 and beyond, though…. 😉
- Continue eating real foods, with an emphasis on more veggies. We cut processed foods from our house almost 2 years ago (wow!). Are we perfect 100% of the time? Definitely not…but I’ve never claimed perfection when it comes to eating all organic, all real, all the time. It would be very hard to do that in the world we live in and I don’t want to feel like we’re deprived of fun traditions that involve food. I keep hoping that one day we will go to the grocery store (or a restaurant) and everything will be free of artificial ingredients and preservatives, totally organic, and made with only real ingredients…but, unfortunately, that’s not the case right now. I’m hoping that the food industry will continue to make progress as consumers demand these changes, but it’s still hard to avoid these foods at all times. We’ll continue to make smarter choices when we travel and when we go out, but it is definitely harder to do this with kids around. I feel like I’m teaching them healthy habits, but it’s still hard to explain to them for the 100th time why McDonald’s isn’t a good choice. My goal for 2015 is to continue trying new fruits and vegetables, as well as incorporating them into our daily life even more so my kids grow up with that as the norm, not the exception. I honestly believe that the more you put fruits and vegetables on your kids’ plates, the more they will eat, simply because it’s in front of them and they’re hungry! I’ve also noticed I’ve become more aware of the meat in restaurants. I still may order a burger from time to time and not wonder if it’s 100% grass fed (because I know it’s not), but there were many occasions last year when I ordered a veggie burger simply because I couldn’t get past what I know now about conventional meat. I would definitely say that’s a big change from 2013!
- And, finally, my last goal for 2015 is to find a life/blog balance. I love writing my blog. I love sharing, writing, interacting with readers, helping people, motivating others, etc…but I will admit that it takes away from being as present with my kids (and my husband) as I’d like some days. I constantly want to improve my blog and do more with it, but there just aren’t enough hours in the day! I don’t have any plans to stop blogging, but I definitely need to set aside time periods for when I can work on it and when it’s time to put it all away and not even peak! I want to find a happy medium. My kids will only be little for a few more years and I know I don’t want to look back on all this time I had home with them and regret that I didn’t play with them more. However, I also think it’s important for them to see me doing things that I enjoy that don’t revolve around them. They see me taking time to cook and prepare our food, they see me “writing” and occasionally reading books, and they see that I’m passionate about something other than cleaning up after their messes and giving baths. And I think there is a lot of value in them learning to play independently…but I also know I have said, “I’ll come play a game with you after I finish writing this post”…and then by the time I finish, it’s time to start cooking dinner…and we never played that game. Of course, I still play games with them and I think I’m plenty involved in their daily lives, but I think I could do a better job of scheduling my time. My kids see how much I enjoy blogging and I think there are some very important lessons in all of that as well. Here’s to finding that happy medium in 2015!
What are your goals or resolutions for the new year?
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