I have extremely ambitious goals for 2016.
You wouldn’t think I was ambitious as 2016 came into our home at 9 PM Pacific Time on December 31, 2015.
Our kids were in bed before 9:30, and I went to sleep before 10:30 PM.
This is what it’s like in my late thirties baby!
The first thing I did on January 1, 2016 after I woke up and got ready was go for a run.
See the post about my goals here: Goals for 2016 – My Year of Twelves
This is the second post about how I intend on tackling my goals. The first post was for my intellectual goals.
So my pattern for describing how I plan on tackling my goals for the year are the classic formula of who, what, when, where, how, and why, but not described in that order.
My What –
Out of the twelve goals I set for this year, my physical ones include:
Run 12 – miles a week until the half-marathon. Then walk/run 12-miles a week thereafter.
Lose 12 pounds.
Drink 12 cups of water a day.
My How, Where and When –
Exercising two or three times a week at home using Amazon Prime videos or You Tube Videos.
Run at least three times a week around my home or on the trail nearby my home.
Losing weight while I run will be the bonus.
Set a reminder four times a day to remind me to drink my water.
Currently, I run and exercise in the evenings after my children go to sleep, when I wasn’t at the personal trainer.
Backstory – I had a personal trainer for the past two years, and it worked well because I was able to go right after work and come home early enough to feel like I got time to be with my children after 5 PM.
With my new position, I have to work 8 to 5. (Recall ~or know ~ that this position was forced upon me.)
The plan now is to PERHAPS run in the morning (especially when it gets warmer) and exercise in the evening.
Other than continuing to eat low-carb as my “new normal” eating habits, I don’t plan on changing my diet. I learned so much over the past year about eating healthy, that the only major change is that I will be running on a regular basis.
As far as the water is concerned, I only plan on setting my timer for the first two months of the year. I’ve already put them into my IPhone, for 9 AM, 11 AM, 2 PM and 5 PM. It’s for every day.
The last thing I want to tell you about is that I joined a virtual community called Run the Edge. My husband and I are participating in a challenge called 2016 miles in 2016. The idea is to run 2016 miles in 2016. It sounds impossible, but you can have a team or in my case, my husband and I both joined. The idea is to have a total of five miles a day. They also are totally okay if you count those miles as walking miles. I don’t plan on running everyday!
I’ll keep you posted on how we do throughout the year!
My Who & Why –
My husband wants to go with me on some of my runs. He’s done this before and when my amazing mom-in-law is able to take care of the kids, it’s almost like a mini-date! It’s been so fun.
Other than the sometimes-I-get-to-hang-out-with-my-husband, I have an additional reason of why taking care of myself is going to be a key component in 2016. In 2015, my mother passed away from diabetic complications, including heart disease. I know that her diseases were preventable, or at least, could have been better maintained.
My real reason “why” these goals are so important to me are because I can control what I eat, how and when I exercise and overall, know that I did my best to show my children that they were important enough to me to take care of myself.
These could potentially be some tough words for some people to read.
I get that.
I have no magic formula to convince you to make a few changes. But I do want you to know that you are loved, and you do have control over some things, including how you take care of yourself.
Peace to you this week and stay tuned for how I’m going to tackle the next goal – Spiritual.