First things first. I started this new year running. Yes running. I participated in a local running "club" "Snowball Series" 5k. For a gal who hasn't "ran" since April-I did real good. a) I finished without collapsing on the pavement b) I did it in 41 minutes.
2ndly-I signed up for a "challenge" on facebook introduced to me by Tara Costa; a former biggest loser contestant and probably one of my fave contestants. The challenge was/is for however many "likes" my honor post got I had to run that many miles in Jan and Feb in honor of that like. Kind of funny; kind of sad. Out of 135 on my facebook page only 20 liked my post. (so far) :O( so instead of divvying them out between the two months I will do 20 miles each month. Hee hee that means for Jan I only have 17 more miles to do!!
Ok, now down to business. Reflecting on 2011. I didn't write out any goals for 2011 last January (or Dec 2010 for that matter) and only had one "mental goal" for the year and that was to improve on myself. And I succeeded. It was a really good year for me regarding self improvement. Besides, by not writing out any new year goals I didn't have much to live up to ha ha ha ha. Ha. Anyhow I managed to lose 30 lbs, improve finish times on all the races I participated in, stop smoking, and put me first more often then caving to anothers wishes. I also feel that I am stronger emotionally and have gained more self confidence.
For the future. Back in September I started reflecting on the year to come. I took into consideration what I had wanted from the last year (Improvement on myself) and on whether or not I wanted to keep the the focus for the year to come. But the reality of it is; you (me) can't STOP working on last year because it's a new year. But you (me) also can't keep just THAT as the main focus. So, for 2012 the focus is not only on me (and improving on myself) but focus will also be put on my financial situation. I sound stupid don't I. I think I need to be more specific. So here goes, the goals I chose between Sept and Nov 2011 for all of 2012 (I'm trying to get back on the Jan to Dec year rather than Oct to Sept).
Goals/things to do between Jan 2012 and Dec 2012:
- Save $1000 for an emergency fund
- Join Planet Fitness to run during lunch (mark this one done-they had deal that if you paid for yr up front b4 12/31 it was only $99 for the entire yr)
- Read 2 books a month
- pay off 50% of my debt (which includes student loans but not mortgage)
- participate in 12 5k's (virtual counts) and 2 1/2 marathons (completed 1st 5k today-11 more to go)
- attend an estate sale
- obtain part-time employment
- lose the last 30lbs