Not Resolutions

I hope everyone had a happy and safe start to 2015!  Mine was a lot of fun starting with the Fairfax Four Miler (race recap) and then heading out in DC with friends.

I wanted to share my goals for 2015.  That’s right I said goals because I’m not very good at sticking to resolutions.  I feel like even the word “resolution” means that as soon as I slip up it is over.  However, when I look at things as measurable goals, all of the sudden slip ups simply reduce the percentage of completion.

Please, don’t think I am against resolutions altogether.  I have a “you do you” philosophy and this is what works for me.

May I present my 2015 goals, which I have conveniently divided into categories:

Running & Fitness Banner

  • Consistency – My busy schedule means that sometimes I get off track with working out.  Hopefully in 2015 I will be able to strength train at least 2 times a week and run/cardio cross train at least 3.  Hopefully there will be more, but I’d rather surprise myself than struggle.
  • 2,015 miles in 2015 – I’ve already mentioned I signed up for this challenge to cover 2,015 miles on foot this year.  I started slowly chipping away at it this afternoon with an easy 3 mile walk.  My hope is this challenge will provide the added motivation to keep my workouts consistent.  There’s still time to sign-up if you want to join!
  • Learn to love like appreciate Yoga – Again my busy schedule often gets the best of me.  I know yoga to be helpful for meditation, centering, and flexibility.  I need all of these things in my life, who doesn’t?  I just struggle so much with finding anything to enjoy in it.
  • Try new things – I want to get creative and have fun with my fitness.  I also want to not be afraid of trying something new.  Some things I am contemplating: Crossfit, Pole Dancing classes, Barre, and rock climbing. Suggestions?
  • Run a marathon? – This one has a question mark for a reason.  I need to decide if I am actually ready for this step, but I’d like to try and tackle it in 2015.

Health & Nutrition Banner

  • Keep up with doctor visits – Luckily I am decently good at this one already.  When I got my insurance (thanks awesome part time job!) last year I started 2014 off right with all of the doctors appointments, and I mean everything primary care, dentist, OB/GYN, dermatologist, the whole shebang.  I am so glad I did.  This led to my Graves’ disease and hyperthyroidism diagnosis.  Without knowing what was going on I would have been in huge danger of having a thyroid storm which trust me is scary.  So I want to continue this trend since having an auto-immune disorder makes this very important.
  • Less eating out – Here comes the “busy schedule” again…. It is so easy to let that get in the way of me taking time to grocery shop and prepare meals.  This is a bad habit both for my budget and my waistline.  I’ve already made strides toward this goal since my schedule has been lighter for a little while, but it can still be better.  That way when I do eat out it is a treat I can savor, not a way to get nutrition.
  • Track meals – This goes hand in hand with the last goal.  I plan to use MyFitnessPal to monitor my choices, not to try and lose weight.
  • Try new recipes – Keeping with the idea of trying new workouts I am also challenging myself to try at least one new recipe each month.

Blog & Social Media Banner

  • Write at least 3 times a week – It’s easy to post every day when I am on a break from all of my jobs at once.  However, I want to continue tracking my fitness journey and sharing it with those who may be interested.
  • Move to a self hosted site – I’ve started doing research on this move and if I can hold myself to my posting goal I will take the next step in 6 months or so.
  • Engage with others – Honesty time: I suck at social media.  I am really good at reading it but so terrible at posting my own things or commenting on someone else’s post no matter how awesome I think it may be.  It’s time to put myself out on a limb.

Lifestyle & Home Banner

  • Audition more – Since my diagnosis I have been choosing not to audition until my health was under control.  I often am doing shows with smaller companies which means no understudy and I couldn’t stand the idea of letting someone down.  Now that things are under control its time to get back out there.
  • Make my apartment a home – It’s no secret that I love my little apartment.  After being here for three years is is time to start doing all the “interior designy” things I have been thinking about.  I started on my home office area today and it is already looking so much better!
  • Read more books – I read exactly 8 books in 2014.  I talked about seven of them here.  My goal for 2015 is to use my library access more, whether that means physically checking out books or using their online rental system to read things on my iPad.
  • Become more patient – This one will be an ongoing goal for self-betterment.  I need to be more patient with others and with myself.  Things take time and that is ok!

Giving Back Banner

  • Volunteer – This is perhaps my most important goal for this year.  If all the others fall through I hope I can keep to this.  I want to give back to my community.  Ideally I will volunteer in some capacity twice a month.  If I don’t I want to hold myself accountable my making a small donation to a non-profit or charity for each time I miss.

It’s a long list, I know.  But I think they are all manageable as most are simply improving upon things I have already started.

Here’s to an amazing 2015.

Keep it resolute & fierce!

-Little Red

What are your goals or resolutions for the new year?

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Fierce in 2015

Photo found on Pinterest.

Photo found on Pinterest.

I stumbled upon this on Pinterest and it was simply too perfect.  It sums up everything I hope 2015 will be.

Wishing you a smooth transition from 2014 to 2015!  I’ll be starting it off with a nice run at the Fairfax Four Miler followed by some fun with friends.

I will also make sure to follow two traditions:

  1. Writing down and burning a trouble from the past year.
  2. Writing down a personal and professional promise for the new year. (Every time I have done this they have come true!)

I wholeheartedly believe in the power & concreteness of physically writing something down on paper.

Tomorrow starts the resolution game.

Keep it safe & fierce!

-Little Red

Have you ever used a year long motto?  What traditions do you have for ringing in the new year?