Last year I had blogged about my New Year Resolutions.
New Years Resolution : a resolve or determination, to make a firm resolution to do something.
This year I will be setting goals, Goal : the result or achievement toward which effort is directed; aim; end.
1. Continue my education credits to renew my certifications in CPR/AED/First-Aid and Personal Training by November 2013. This is very important to be because I pride myself upon being well educated and up to date on most things health and wellness related.
2. Run a half-marathon. I am not a runner. I do not enjoy running. I will run because I am dedicated to training, it challenges me, and it gives me something to work towards. I will run because I am unwilling to see myself fail or not live up to the expectations I have set for myself. In 2009, I set out to run my first half-marathon. I was on target to run the race at a respectable 8:00/mile pace until the day of the race when the weather had turned from a typical June day in Iowa to 40 degrees and pouring rain. Excuses, excuses I will give, however it was my mistake for never training in in-climate weather. I began the race, alone and sopping wet, shivering, and pissed off. I finished the race (well above my 8:00/mile pace),still wet, still cold, all alone, and even more pissed because not only did I not finish as I had hoped, but now I will have to try again because darn it I will not go out as a failure. Here’s to 2013!
3. Attend a cross-fit class. Fact of the matter is it looks hard as hell and if I want to be the best, I need to train like the best.
4. Drink my fruits and veggies. Smoothies are quick and easy. Drink 1 fruit/vegetable smoothie per week, any more then that is just a bonus. I need to be realistic that I get tired of having the same things over and over again, so 1x/week is just right.
5. Participate in a fun-run. Whether this be a mud run or an adventure run, I’d like to do a short race…just for fun.
6. Drink more H2O. Out with the old 8 x 8oz of water/day rule and in with drinking water based more importantly on my gender and size. (Weight in pounds x .31 for women, and .35 for men).
7. Follow my boss’s advice. “Get as strong as you physically can”. At first I was a bit reluctant to the idea, however after being at my job for 6 months, I understand where he was coming from. As a petite female, and as a personal trainer, it is important moreover for my safety and for the safety of my clients if I am comfortable lifting heavier weights and being confident in my abilities to train and spot them properly. I’d like to curl 20lb dumbbells, squat my bodyweight, and in general improve my muscle strength.
8. Be Orange. In 2011, I purchased sessions at Orange Theory Fitness as an outlet for my energy and to be told what to do for once during fitness instead of myself instructing others on what to do. I would like to use those sessions 1-2x/month for the next year.
9. Do what I love. Cheer & Dance. Practice with or tryout for an adult open cheerleading team such as Planet Spirit-Cyclones, Minnesota Extreme Team (Dance), or Minnesota Viking Cheerleaders.
10. Complete 13,000 minutes of exercise. This is just 35 minutes of exercise daily and should be easily attainable given the nature of my work (personal training) and my S.M.A.R.T goals for 2013.
11. Buy a heart rate monitor. If I am going to do all of this exercise, I better be well equipped. Time to spend a little money on a much needed and worth while device.
12. Upgrade my techonology.
Specifically I need to upgrade my cellular device to that of a smart phone. Currently I am still using the LG EnV2, which was released in March 2008. Out with the old and in with the new iPhone 5!
13. Floss. Flossing is part of any healthy routine and for good reason. Flossing takes seconds, prevents plaque buildup, reduces my chances of getting gingivitis, and will keep my pearly whites white. Who doesn’t want that?