Happy 2016! I wrapped up last year checking in on my goals from 2015, and want to share my approach for 2016… themes!
I’m adjusting my perspective a little differently this year… instead of lots of major items and very specific goals, I’m picking a few themes that I want to work on throughout the year. I have a few specific athletic goals that I would really like to accomplish, but I’d like to direct most of my energy toward being intentional about self-improvement while also not being too hard on myself!
This is where focus on exercise and athletic endeavors goes. I feel a little disoriented still in this area, enjoying a lot of things, but also not having a single major focus. So I’ll set monthly intentions and goals to keep myself on track.
Eating, and taking care of myself. I’d like to get more comfortable with cooking in a way I consider healthy, and would like to get to a point where I’m happier with my body weight in not being a barrier toward my athletic goals. And keeping my soul healthy too!
I have come to realize that it’s important to not deprive yourself, but in ways that are aligned with your overall philosophies and goals. One specific thing that I’m working on doing (started it in December!) is twice-monthly manicures! Having nice nails makes me feel more polished, and is a treat to me!
Travel, try new things, and explore the sides of myself that I might not let out as often as I’d like. I’ll probably have to focus on this more than on some of the other goals.
Read, learn new things. Develop my intellect.
I have two very specific goals for my athletic side this year.
1. Run 1000 miles
A carry-over from 2015 goals, and I’m going to approach this differently this year. To accomplish this, I need to run an average of 20 miles over 50 weeks. I’ve been building up my mileage over the course of December, and am going to track my weekly mileage in my Weekly Wrap post. So keep a lookout for that!
2. Break 2 Hours in the Half Marathon
I’ve had this goal for two years now I think? I really want to do it this year, and am keeping my focus simple athletically: I want to get faster, and in running in particular. Yes, I’ll still do triathlons. But this is the golden ticket. Hopefully I can achieve this in the spring, but we’ll see. If not, I’ll keep working at it over the summer and fall.
Thinking about it like that, I’d like to give credit to Katie for granting me the inspiration to not have crazy goals. I loved her Twelve Tiny Tweaks approach last year, and think this is kind of in line with that.
What’s your focus on goals this year? Do you have any Big Hairy Ass Goals, or are you doing more of a “Tiny Tweaks” approach like I’m doing?