My name is John. On January 23, 2012 I decided to change my life by losing weight and living a healthier life. Since then I've lost over 75 lbs, discovered the joy of running, and changed how I see and eat food.
One thing I didn’t do this past year was set goals for the year. There’s two reasons for this. First off, yearly goals/resolutions tend to be too broad and generalized. I prefer my monthly goals as I can change them up easily and they can be a lot more specific. The second reason is that I had no idea if I would truly stick with the weight loss/healthy living this time around. But it’s clear that I have, and I am determined to keep with it.
I really have only three specific goals for 2013. They are:
Complete one race a month. Yes, one race a month. I want to do 12 races in 2013. Most of them are going to be 5ks.
Run two longer races. I want two of the 12 races to be longer ones. I’ve already decided on one, the Austin 10/20 in April. I’m thinking the second one will be in the late summer/early fall. A full marathon is out of the question for this year haha. Maybe a half? I’m not sure yet.
Reach my ultimate goal weight. As I said a few weeks ago, I think I’ve settled on 198 lbs as my goal weight. Once I reach there and maintain for a few weeks I’m going to focus on building muscle (see below).
I have two other goals which are more generalized because I don’t really have a specific amount in mind. They are:
Focus on building muscle. While 2012 was all about losing the extra weight, once I reach my goal weight I want 2013 to be about building muscle. I will be doing this purely through bodyweight exercises, because I don’t want to pay for a gym membership, and because bodyweight exercises are badass. I want to be able to do 20+ perfect form push-ups, chin-ups, pull-ups, etc. by the end of the year.
Work on my flexibility. I have terrible flexibility. Since I’m going to be building muscle through bodyweight exercises, it’s probably a good idea for me to work on my flexibility as that’s a key part of it. Doing the exercises themselves will certainly help, but I’ll need to make stretches and such a larger part of my routine.
So there we have it. 2012 was an incredible, life-changing year for me. I expect 2013 to be the same.
Sigh. Let’s get this over with.
Last two weeks of November were pretty terrible. But I have a few ideas for December to change it up a little… And at least I’ve been sticking with my running.
It feels like each month goes by faster and faster. I suppose a lot of that has to do with the rush of the holidays.
I actually did pretty well. Only one that I didn’t do so well on was bodyweight exercises, but that’s always a struggle for me.
Alright people, it’s a new month which means a new batch of goals! I’m determined to make this the best month, even with the food fest that is Thanksgiving and the stress that is the holiday season.
I know there’s a lot of repeats on here. Two reasons for this… First, I’m not feeling very creative. Second, October turned out to be mediocre so I wanted to repeat a few of them.
So October was kind of mediocre. The week where I had severe allergies threw off my goals, but other than that I did pretty good. Here’s hoping November treats me a little better.
Yikes, middle of October already! Let’s see how I’ve done.
Yeah… Last week was shitty goal-wise. But I still have the second half of October to do well, and I am going to do well. Been taking Claritin so hopefully that will keep me from having severe allergies again.