Take it from me, it is a a big old bummer to start a new year with a cold. My head is achy, my throat is achy, and my body is tired. I had been planning on running today but since this cold was percolating for a while and finally knocked me down today, I decided I might be better off getting some rest (the past few days have been pretty tiring, after all). I may attempt a yoga practice later, though, and the run will certainly get done tomorrow. I’m hoping for about 18 miles this week, which means I have 5 to go. Hopefully I can reach my goal.
Speaking of goals, happy New Year! Welcome to 2011, everyone. I hope it will be better than 2010. This morning I was wondering whether the way you start off the year sets the tone for the rest of it. Last year at this time I was finishing up my second stay in the hospital, which was followed by my starting an out-patient program. This year, even though I’m not feeling great physically, I’m in my own home with my fiancé and in a much happier place overall. I’m crossing my fingers and hoping that this bodes well.
I don’t usually make resolutions for myself, but I do try to set goals for the new year (last year, I didn’t really succeed in accomplishing any of them). I know these could be considered the same thing, but to me they’re different: I think “resolutions” as a general term has a stigma attached to it and I want to avoid that, and I prefer to think of the small changes I’m making as being ways to build on something that’s already there and not start something entirely new (which is what I tend to associate with resolutions, anyway). At any rate, to help structure my goals, I set some of them up through Social Workout:
As you can see, they’re a motley bunch, and this doesn’t include everything I hope to do. Here’s the thing, though: I want to make improvements to different areas of my life, and I’m looking to arrange my goals according to those areas. You might notice that a lot of these are repeats of or related to goals I already discussed in previous posts. Well, that’s because I still think they are worthy of pursuit. Just because it’s a new year doesn’t mean I have to be doing all new things, right?
- Food: Aim for 20 healthy meals in 28 days; maintain a food journal to get an accurate view of what I’m eating in order to combat my tendency to convince myself I’m overeating when I’m not.
- Home: at least 10 minutes of tidying or work around my apartment every day.
- Body: Aim for 20 yoga practices in 31 days; 8 glasses of water each day this month; establish a structured and consistent running schedule (I’ve been working on the plan for this for a while, it’s still “to come”); floss at least once a day (I’m so bad about this. Gross, I know).
- Mind: see above about yoga practice; expand the Yoga Project and apply its principles to daily life (also in the “to come” category); blog once a day.
At this point I’m not really interested in things like “PR a marathon”, “run X number of races”, etc., because in the past I think I’ve made the mistake of trying to convince myself I’m at that point when I haven’t been. So this year, and this month especially, is going to initially be about establishing a firm foundation upon which there is plenty of room to build. I want to revisit these goals each month in order to keep tabs on how things are going, reevaluate if needed, and acknowledge any progress I’ve made. My hope is that in doing this, I’m setting myself up for success rather than failure.
Do you make resolutions or goals? How do you structure them, if at all? Are you successful in meeting your goals?