I turned 35 earlier this month and I personally find I tend to set new goals on my birthday more than I do at New Years. Something about a new number just appeals to me. It’s a new chance to move forward and look to the future.
1. Get Healthy –
For the past 28 months I have been fighting a battle with my body and it has been kicking my butt! I have had mono for months, shingles 4 times, severe adrenal fatigue, and so much other drama going on. I bounced from specialist to specialist so much you’d think I was a ping-pong ball
However, I am very hopefully that my new Hormonal Specialist is right with her diagnosis and that I will begin seeing improvement over the months.
My biggest goal is to feel like myself again – to not be sick all the time, to have energy, to feel like a normal person. Fingers crossed.
2. Lose the Weight –
When I got sick my body started putting on weight quickly and no matter what I did, how much I exercised, how cleanly I ate, the way I tracked my food, etc. nothing seemed to slow the weight gain down. Here I sit 45 pounds heavier than when I first got sick weighing in at 200 pounds. Do I think weight defines a person? No! Do I still want to lose some weight anyway? Yes.
However, there are a multitude of reasons why I am working my butt off to lose weight (it is so stinking hard with all my hormone/medical issues) and they don’t all have to do with looks:
– health reasons – I’m very close to being obese and I know this has medical repercussions.
– financial reasons – None of my clothes fit, and buying a new wardrobe is really expensive.
– mental reasons – When I start off my day struggling to find something to wear it is tough.
– social reasons – I find myself hiding from certain activities, like the beach or pool.
– fitness reasons – Wanting to be able to run the way I could before the weight.
3. Get Back to Training the Way I Want –
As I begin to get healthier and lose the weight (numbers 1 & 2) then I should be able to do more and more activity. I am so excited to get back to training the way I want to and to not be held back by limitations that I cannot control. I have big marathon and half marathon dreams that I cannot wait to get started on.
However, as I get back into it I will really have to reteach myself how to train hard. For over 2 years now all my training cycles have been very light, I have missed numerous days, and usually only worked out 2/3 times a week. As I return to my training I will have to embrace the toughness that comes along with the beauty of being able to train hard.
4. Continue Giving Myself Grace –
One great thing that came out of being sick for so long is that I really learned how to give myself grace and be kind to myself. I used to expect so much of myself and push myself too hard. I never had a free minute because it was always go, go, go. If I wasn’t teaching, I was blogging, or coaching, or training, or… I never let myself just sit down and relax without doing something because I felt as though I was wasting time and I still had so much more to do.
Is my to-do list just as long today as it was then? Yes, maybe even longer. However, because I was forced to rest, take breaks, and be extra gentle to my body I got used to it. I became more in tune with what my body wanted and needed and the fact that sometimes it just needed a break. So, even as I become healthier, less exhausted, and am able to do more and more it is a goal of mine to continuing listening to my body, giving myself grace, and not always pushing nonstop.
5. Make More Time for Family & Friends –
I let lots of things slide when I was not feeling well, and one was my social life. I was just too exhausted to do much. My ideal night was a bit of NetFlix, falling asleep ridiculously early, and sleeping for a very long time. Because of this there was not much room in my schedule for my family or friends.
As I hope to get healthier this year I want to make those who are important to me a priority. That means making more time for my family and friends. Whether it is texting them more to check in, setting up phone calls with those that are far away, or actually scheduling things with those that are close by – this is something I really plan on putting extra effort into.
6. Grow My Running Coaching Business –
I LOVE run coaching. It is seriously my happy place. Getting to work with amazing women, to teach, to focus on running, being able to help and motivate – I mean come on!
My biggest business goal this year is to focus on growing and expanding my run coaching business. I have tons of ideas in mind on how to do this, and I really plan on using this summer (when I don’t have to work the 40 hour a week teaching job) to spend tons of time getting all of these big ideas going. Once I get some of my new ideas going this summer I am hoping to see an increase in business and to keep working on it throughout the year.
7. Put Myself Out There More –
I must admit that if you had asked me about my life years and years ago I would have told you I would be married around 30 and start having kids right about this time. Hahahaha – Tell someone your plans right. I am 35, single, and verging on accepting my crazy cat lady status and just adopting a whole herd.
However, before I throw in the towel for good I think it is time I be brave and try to put myself out there more. Once I am feeling healthier and more like myself I have promised to try to get back to dating and socializing more. Uggghhhh…. Dating. Not my favorite thing, but I must be brave as I do dream of one day having a family and children (that are not cats).
Let me know –
What goals do you have for this year?
What do you think about my goals?