My 2016 New Year’s Resolutions

We’re one week in to the new year already! It’s felt like a funny time to try to make any changes. First, starting the year with a three day weekend is definitely not the time to do a juice fast or anything. Jack and I enjoyed the time off together and with our families, and there was absolutely no cleansing going on 😉 In fact, there was one night that we had pizza and linguine for dinner (along with giant martinis) and then went to a bar, where we had tequila shots and soft pretzels and Oreo cheesecake. I am still a little bit in shock at our gluttony.

So then we headed back to work, but we had Christmas #6 with my stepdaughter, which consisted of more linguine and wine and exciting news that she is moving to California. Now, we’re trying to settle in and behave ourselves, but we’re going to Mexico in a week so I’m kind of like, what’s the point???

The good news is that I’m sticking with my diet (in spite of the previously mentioned carb-a-thon) and am now officially down 10 pounds from my summer chubster-ism. Woo hoo! In my dreams I will lose another 8, but no pressure right now.

In terms of my goals for the year, I’m going to start off by focusing on the first half of 2016. And I’m not going to have as many lofty goals as I did last year; this time, they are more specific.

Fitness/Health

  1. Continue my diet for as long as I can stand it.
  2. Eat primarily vegan meals, but not freak out when I have a cheeseburger or some ice cream.
  3. Learn to use the kickass Garmin I got for Christmas.
  4. Run a sub-25 minute 5k by July.

Organization

  1. Clean out the linen closet.
  2. Clean up, organize, and decorate our home office.
  3. Follow a schedule with my volunteering.
  4. Focus our donations on one nonprofit, rather than giving small amounts to a lot of groups.
  5. Make new passwords for all our accounts (and keep track of them!).
  6. Replant all my sad houseplants that have outgrown their pots.
  7. Unsubscribe to a LOT of email lists.

Reading

  1. Stop buying Kindle books. Reserve books at the library.
  2. Read: On the Move, H is for Hawk, M Train.

Finances

  1. Start using Personal Capital (or something like that) to track our expenses.
  2. Pay off my $8700 private student loan.
  3. Limit our weekly going-out budget to $100. Related: learn the weekly specials at restaurants in our area 🙂
  4. Cancel our credit cards that we never use.

I feel like none of these are overwhelming. I’ll probably do something like take on one of these each Saturday, so that I stay on top of everything over the first half of the year. The second half of the year will see me examining my job and what I want my future career to look like, but for now, I want to keep learning and see how I feel after a full year in this role.

Did you make any resolutions? Do you think it’s more important to make lofty, dreamy goals, or (kind of boring) check-off-the-list goals that are more easily attainable?

 

Race Week!

It’s here: it’s the week of my first half-marathon. I’m nervous! But also kind of excited. Mostly I’m just looking forward to crossing the finish line 🙂

I’m taking good care of myself this week. I’m eating well (with extra carbs, how fun is that?), not drinking much, and going to bed very early (8:30 last night!). I have two work events, which is not the best timing: a dinner tonight and Top Golf on Thursday. So in between I will be extra healthy.

Since this is my first race of this distance, I don’t have any experience with how much I should be running this week. The various training plans are all over the place; some have you running just twice at three miles each, but others say I should do a four and five mile run leading up to Saturday. I’m going to primarily just take it easy and do some light workouts. Yesterday I walked on the treadmill and did some ab work and body weight exercises. This morning, if the rain will stop, I’m planning on jogging two or three miles. Then I’ll do another short run or walk on Thursday, and take Wednesday and Friday off.

Our race is Saturday morning, bright and early. It’s about 30 miles from our house; not too bad, but it makes for a very early morning. I’m a little nervous about that too, since our long runs have all been in the late morning/early afternoon, not at 7am (you try getting my husband out of the house before 10am on the weekend!). Anyway, I know I’ll be slow – I’m just hoping I won’t be the last one to finish 🙂 But even if I am, this will be still be a major accomplishment for me, and we can have an epic brunch afterwards!

Advice time: How do you prepare for longer runs? What’s your race week ritual?