Last year, I was pretty ambitious and made 10 resolutions for 2010. You might expect me to make 11 resolutions for 2011, but nope… I’m going to be more focused this year, with just three resolutions.
1. I resolve to become fitter, faster, stronger.
Okay, so this is sort of three resolutions, but they all go hand-in-hand, so I am considering them to just be means to one ultimate goal.
Fitter: I plan to lose those last 10-15 pounds… and keep them off. I’ve put on about 5 of the 15 I lost in 2010 since I essentially stopped working out after the Army Ten Miler and I can definitely tell based upon how I feel and how my clothes fit, and I don’t like it.
I’m hoping to get a jump start on this resolution by joining the Biggest Blogging Loser. I don’t expect to be able to actually be in contention for the prize money, because honestly, I don’t have a high percentage of my overall weight to lose. But I am hoping that doing this along with so many other people will keep me accountable and committed to my goal.
Adam and I have also resolved not to eat out at all in January (official work lunches excepted, as we don’t have control over scheduling those)… no grabbing anything from the snack machine, no buying a cup of coffee.
I am also going to do the menu part of the Whole Living Action Plan this month. I did a modified version of it last January and liked how it got me focused back on eating whole foods again after the sugar- and junkfood-filled holiday season. I may try to incorporate some of the other parts of the Action Plan as well.
Faster: I want to get a PR in each of the race distances I run this year. My current PRs (all set in 2010) are:
5K: 29:28 (4/9/2010)
4M: 40:54 (3/13/2010)
10K: 1:03:20 (9/25/2010)
10M: 1:44:07 (10/24/2010)
Half Marathon: 2:32:35 (5/9/2010)
Stronger: When I first started working out regularly in 2007, I mostly did strength training workouts. Then I was bit by this running-bug and strength training fell by the wayside. This year, I will treat my strength workouts as just as important as my running days. Stronger legs = faster legs. Stronger muscles = calorie-burning machines. See? Hand-in-hand with faster and fitter.
2. I resolve to do five things from my “101 things in 1001 days” list each month. The end of my 1001 days is March 24, 2012, which means that I’ll have to cross off the majority of the remaining 50 items of the list this year if I am going to finish the list within 1001 days. I don’t need to cross of five items a month — some things on the list require a task be completed multiple times, so doing one of those items just once counts towards this resolution.
3. I resolve to leave my work at the office. Now, of course there will be instances where I will need to physically bring work home (sickness, blizzards, etc.), but that isn’t want I mean. I spent way too much time at home (or on vacation — my honeymoon, for goodness sake! — or out with friends) over the past few months worrying about things going on at work. I would wake up and get in the shower and start thinking about what I had to do at work. I’d think about it on the drive in, the drive home, during dinner, while trying to fall asleep. I would even dream about work. And it accomplished nothing other than stressing me out… and it’s not as if I can bill the client for all that time where I just can’t turn off my brain, and I wasn’t actually working during that time. :-) So this year, I will only think about work while working, and when I leave the office at night, that part of my brain will be turned off until the next work day.
So there you have it, my resolutions for 2011. Here’s to a fantastic year!