Happy New Year!!!
Normally, I don’t like to set tangible goals as my New Year’s Resolutions. Of course that means that most of my past resolutions have fizzled and faded by the time that the officials in New York City have finished cleaning up Times Square. Maybe that is a bit of an exaggeration but by the end of January I have lost all interest in my resolutions.
Last year was the exception. For me, the year 2011 will go down in the books as the year I got my life back. In 2011, I didn’t just start my healthy living journey or my weight loss journey. I found my love of running and fitness. I learned what healthy eating and true portions really are. I joined the blogging community. In all, I did things in 2011 that I never thought were possible for me but I did them. All of that happened because of my New Year’s Resolution … “I want to change my lifestyle. I want to become healthy.”
Now that resolution is not even close to being tangible. It is vague. It has no measurable results. It is not time-bound. I think the only thing that helped me achieve my resolution was the fact that I didn’t define it until January 20th. Almost three weeks after New Year’s Day, I determined what my resolution for 2011 would be. Why so late? I wasn’t planning on having a resolution last year. They never worked out before (mostly because I didn’t commit to them) so why in the world should 2011 be any different. On January 20th, I hit my breaking point. People I knew were living the life I wanted to live, doing the things I wanted to do, and in general being the person I wanted to be. Not anymore is what I told myself. Never again is what I am telling myself now.
For 2012, I have decided to set tangible goals as my resolution. Goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound. In other words, my 2012 resolutions are going to be SMART. The goals themselves are vague but I set “sub goals” that are SMART to help me achieve the vague ones. I have also tried to set at least one goal for each aspect of my life: professional, blogging, physical/fitness, and personal. Subdividing my goals should help me stay organized and focus my efforts in the right place.
Pass the PE (professional engineering) exam.
Blog at least once daily.
Focus on food journaling and fitness journaling.
Prepare my body to run a full marathon.
Firm/tone up my stomach, arms, and legs/glutes.
Run 1,000 miles.
Practice yoga once a week.
Become a morning person.
Complete my 27 things list.
Put myself together daily.
What are your New Year’s Resolutions for 2012?