A Brand New Year = An Ever-Improving You

early morning workout

 To celebrate 2016,  I thought I’d start this year off by posting my goals. Hmmmm, long sigh.  🙂   This is a very interesting endeavor for me because this year I participated in this program called, “5 Days to Your Best Year Ever” by Michael Hyatt.  I have nothing to report as of yet because I am waiting to see if doing this program accelerates my success for 2016.  So stay tuned. So far, I am very happy with the exercises I did in the program and I am very optimistic.  BUT – the program strongly encourages you to be very choosy about who you share your goals with and to not share them with everyone.

That leaves me with a burning question – do I tell my blog friends what my health goals are?  Here’s what I decided:

I decided to tell you my plan for achieving those goals but not to tell you my main, most challenging health goal.  Instead, I am making the promise to journal about my progress and when I reach the deadline I will report to you whether or not I met the goal and if I didn’t make it, we’ll discuss my next steps at that point.

I would howoever like to share two smaller health goals that are related to my main goal.

run the year 2016 banner

The first is to walk 2,016 miles in 2016.  I know what you’re thinking – That’s a huge goal! How is that not the main goal?.   Let me explain.  Quite simply it’s not the most important goal to me.  I like the challenge of it and I think it will help me with my general focus of moving more this year – not just exercising but incorporating more movement into my everyday.  I  work in a cubicle/desk setting and I don’t get out and walk much during the day and overall it definitely takes a toll on me.  In a perfect world I’d be one of those maniacs who walks on a treadmill at my desk all .day and by maniac of course I mean – my heroes.  🙂   But alas, I am not there yet but aiming to walk 2,106 miles in 2016 just might get me that much closer to the maniac club.  To motivate myself I am joining this group online called, “Run the Year”.  You can check it out  here:

https://www.signmeup.com/site/reg/register.aspx?formid=108502&q12=RC2J0T7

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The second smaller goal is to journal everything I eat for the first 90 days of the year.  When I look back at 2015 one of the biggest keys to my weight loss successes was that I wrote down what I ate.  When I did that consistently I lose weight.  But I didn’t do it consistently enough so I think that aiming to journal for the first 90 days of the year will set me up for a more successful year overall.

So I will check in on the blog to let you know how I’m doing on those smaller goals throughout the year and how I’m doing in general towards my unspoken goal.

Speaking of accountability, I’ve also decided to declare Mondays and Wednesdays, my official posting days.  So you can expect to see regular new posts from me every Monday and Wednesday.  We’ll see how that goes.  Let me know what you think.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’m also going to be re-starting the Body Revolution program by Jillian Michaels.  I successfully completed that at the end of last year but I didn’t follow the meal plan so I didn’t see the results I was hoping for.  Surprise, surprise.  So, I’m going to do it again with a more intentional approach to my meal planning.  We’ll see what happens.

In addition to the two “smaller” health goals and restarting Body Revolution, the other thing I did to help me start off on a good foot with my biggest goal was to come up with 10 Rules that I am going to live by.

The Rules:

  1.  Stop eating by 8 pm – Monday -Thursday
  2. Eat Greens at every meal
  3. Drink 10 glass of water everyday
  4. Dessert only on weekends
  5. Write down everything you eat
  6. Measure (or weigh) everything
  7. Take one long run per week
  8. Eat at the table
  9. No carbs after 3 pm – Monday – Thursday
  10. Dress well  every day

I will get into some more details about “The Rules” in a later post but for now just know that these are my “health” guidelines for 2016.

We have a lot of things to talk about this year and I’m so excited to get those conversations started with you.  As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts and if you want to share your health goals for 2016, feel free to give me a shout in the comments!

 

 

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