Monday, December 31, 2012

Ring out the Old...Goals for the New

Hard to believe the last day of 2012 is already here.  This year has flown by for me.  It's so crazy how quickly time goes now.  This time last year I had only competed in one race and was not remotely confident in myself and my abilities.  I never imagined I would be where I am today.  Let alone be staring down my first half marathon in just seven weeks. 

So fast forward to today.  2012 was a good year for both me and my family.  It brought some challenges and many great blessings.  I competed in 13 races, branching out to further distances. I've shaved 11 minutes off of my 5k time.

 I've gone from thinking that the Princess Half was my one and done half marathon goal, to realizing there are many more half marathons in my future and with the advent of our Disney Vacation Club membership hoping there are more Run Disney events as well.

 I have found a confidence in myself and a happiness in my own skin that I don't think I have ever had.   Maybe I sold myself short without realizing I was capable of more than I thought I was doing as for that I am thankful for my love of running and my super special running friends.  I am no longer a runner by accident, I am now a runner on purpose. 

My goals for this year are flexible as I have come to realize that planning doesn't always work out the way that I hope.  I want to learn to take things as they come and not plan out to the hilt. 

That being said, I've got a couple of goals and this point that I am rock solid committed to seeing to fruition.  The rest of my goals will evolve as the year unfolds. 

My first goal is to complete the 13 in Twenty-Thirteen.  I'm hoping for mostly longer runs but I know I will have several 5k's in there as well.  This is totally doable.  I demonstrated that this year.  The difference is the that I plan to run further distances.

The second my husband and I will be undertaking the Whole 30 challenge in March.  The littles won't be doing this with us at this point.  My super picky eater would never eat if I forced this kind of a change on him.  Also, the secondary goal with this one is to cut my raging sugar addiction down to size.  Yes, I do watch what I eat now, but sugar (especially Reese's Mini's) is a major weakness for me.

I also plan to branch out and add some cross training to my world and add some weight training.  I currently am in possession of a kettlebell and some hand weights and I plan to use them.  Actually I have already started at night while watching TV after the littles go to bed.  But I do plan on integrating them more into my daily routine and you'll see more about that once the plan has unfurled.  I am super excited about having the kettlebell especially and will be purchasing some Kettlebell Bombshell DVD's in the very near future.

I've mentioned this before but the important thing to me is not just being active, but it's being active in simple ways where it's not necessarily going to take additional time out from my day to day life.  To find ways to incorporate into my schedule.  There is always time at home to spare 5, 10, 15, 30 minutes.  So I am going to capitalize on that time.  Looking for fun and creative ways to do that. 

Finally, I just want to continue being the best me I can be, there is plenty of room for me to grow.  I want to be a better wife, mother and friend and keep moving forward for all that know me, and most importantly for myself.

Wishing you all a very wonderful and Happy New Year.