Resolutions are a hot topic during the New Year with regards to losing weight, eating healthier, etc. Since this is the first January for my blog, I thought I’d share with everyone my personal New Year’s Resolutions. Generally I don’t make too many of these but this year I feel like there are a few items in my life that have been slipping so this may be a good way to get back on track.

In comparison to last year, my 2013 resolution was not related to fitness as I was 8 months pregnant at the time. I just wanted to stay healthy and enjoy the arrival of my son in the coming year. All this was definitely accomplished. But I did set one goal for myself last year and that was to do a better job remembering loved one’s birthdays. This is one of my downfalls. I seem to remember about 1 day before when it’s too late to send a card. Overall I think I did a much better job of it last year. I may have not had 100% success but in comparison to the previous years it was definitely an improvement.  A couple tricks that helped me were to put the birthdays in my calendar that I use daily and use the cheat sheet from Facebook. Continuing this in 2014 is a must!

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Ingredients to my juice made on 1/3/2013

Now on to this year’s goals. First I’ll start with nutrition:

  • Sugar is only allowed 1 x per week
  • Increase water intake by having 2 glasses in the morning before coffee
  • Eat more vegetable and whole foods, less processed

In regards to sugar I am going to practice what I preach. I have been strict about this in the past but lately it has crept back into my diet on a daily basis. I am addicted! I know that this requires a lot of willpower but I know it can be done. I have accomplished this in the past. Eliminating sugar for the 6 days out of the 7 in a week will give me more stable energy and lessen my crazy mood swings. I am also hoping it will make me look “less tired”. Lately that has been the comment I receive from others: “You look tired”. I definitely don’t feel as tired as everyone says I look but maybe cutting back on the sugar will help. Yes, I do have two little kiddos that use every ounce of my energy on a daily basis but if I am able to take better care of myself from the inside out I may be able to convince others that I am actually not that tired. 😉

The increase in drinking water is helpful to start my day off hydrated. I am more likely to eat healthier throughout the day when I am hydrated, as sometimes your body is simply thirsty when you think you’re hungry. And the final nutrition resolution of eating more vegetables and whole foods is a reminder to myself to always grab for those two types of snacks versus packaged items that may be more convenient. Eating a healthy diet requires more planning and preparation but it is worth it!

Big Sur Marathon, photo credit: Doug Steakley

Big Sur Marathon, photo credit: Doug Steakley

My fitness goals include:

  • Train smartly for Big Sur Marathon in April
  • Strength train 2-3 times per week
  • Add more fitness goals as the year pregresses

I have run marathons in the past but have never entirely trained as well as I should. This past October I ran a trail half marathon and actually trained pretty well. It was one of my fastest races and it was only 8 months after having my son. Good training equals good results. I want to challenge myself with this marathon and see where it takes me.

I love strength training, but often I choose to run instead. Simply because it’s easier to just go for a run from my house versus packing up the kids and heading to the gym. My solution is this: The 1st day I will teach a group exercise strength training class, the 2nd day I will do a workout at home and the 3rd day I will workout at the gym. This will give me the 3 days per week of strength training that I would like.

Adding more goals as the year progresses is key. Once I run the marathon in April it’s not like it’s all over. I will re-evaluate and decide to either run more marathons, run shorter distances, compete in a triathlon or go a completely different route. Continuing to make goals, plan how to reach them, conquer them then start again is how I keep moving forward in fitness and life.

So there it is, I’ve laid it out. I guess this makes me even more accountable which is a plus. I’ll check back in each month to update you on my progress. Fill me in on your 2014 fitness and nutrition goals too!