For the record: I don’t set resolutions.
I don’t set resolutions because I don’t “resolve” to do anything. No – I go two steps further – I create SMART goals, and a plan to help me accomplish those goals. This year, because it’s the first year that I won’t have a baby in the house, I’ve decided to set some pretty big goals.
Goal #1 – Lose 12 lbs
My main goal this year is to lose the last remaining 12 lbs of pregnancy weight. (I know it doesn’t sound like a lot of weight, but losing any weight is hard). The key in this goal is to exercise and eat healthy (or at least consume less calories than my body spends). Unfortunately that’s not as easy as it sounds, because I tend to be an emotional eater – I eat when I’m happy and I eat when I’m upset. However, I find eating well (no fast food and less sugar) is a much easier for me when I’m training for a race…
Goal #2 – Run a 1/2 Marathon
I want to run the Mississauga Half-Marathon. Before kids I ran a lot… (That’s putting it mildly). OK – I’ll be honest, I’ve ran 3 full marathons and at least 7 half-marathons… I know what to expect from a race – but it’s like each pregnancy, while you know what the outcome will be, you have still have to do the training and the actual birth, and no two pregnancies are the same. I’ve run some awful races, and I’ve run some great races (I’m hoping this will be a great race). Training for races helps me stick to a plan, and it helps me to keep my eating on track (it’s hard to train well when all you eat are muffins and coffee).
Basically – those are my 2 main goals – lose weight and run a half-marathon. Thankfully they go hand in hand!