Happy New Year! I had a blast bringing in the New Year with some really special people and I am feeling so blessed to be surrounded by such a great group of friends and family. 🙂
Especially this little girl, she always knows how to make me smile. 🙂
Up until New Years Eve around 11:45 pm, I hadn’t put much thought into my New Years resolutions. As we all went around the room taking turns reciting what we would like to accomplish individually this year, I thought I better come up with something quick! I have never been big on setting resolutions because I don’t feel as though I need a “New Year” to put together a list of goals I want to conquer. I am very aware of my strengths and weaknesses and I am always keeping a mental note on personal and physical goals of mine. This year I’m up for trying something different so I put together a concrete list of goals that I can come back and refer to through out 2014.
Make sleep a priority. I am usually very disciplined when it comes to getting a good nights rest and waking up with a solid 7-8 hours of sleep. Sometimes I unconsciously let the night slip away because I ate dinner too late or stayed up watching TV, but I assure you I always seem to regret it come morning time. Waking up early and feeling recharged helps me set the tone for the rest of my day, I’m able to make myself a healthy breakfast, pack my lunch/snacks, and beat the morning traffic rush. I don’t know about you but traffic makes me cranky and being stuck between bumpers on the highway is not how I like to start my day.
My plan: Don’t make excuses like, “Oh I’ll go to bed after this show.” Turn the TV off, shut down the cell phone and close my eyes before 10:00-11:00 pm.
Pistols. This is one CrossFit movement I have a ton of trouble with. Oddly enough I am able to do pistols on my left leg and not my dominant right leg. Weird, I know! My pistols have definitely come a long way since the beginning, and I know the more I work on them the better I will get.
My plan: The hardest part is committing the time to practicing them because let’s be honest who actually enjoys working on things that you suck at?! Drill work and strengthening after my WOD at least twice a week.
Limit the sweets. Notice how I used a key word here, “limit.” 🙂 I have a secret love affair with sweets, chocolate in particular. I live by a one Oreo a day keeps the doctor away motto. I know that’s not the worst thing in the world but sometimes my sugar cravings devour my thoughts and I can’t let it go until I get something sweet into my belly. This year I want to buckle down and take control of those cravings so a 30 day sugar cleanse may be in the works for me soon.
My plan: Eliminate the temptation. Get rid of the stash of chocolate covered almonds in my desk drawer at work, and don’t buy any oreo’s.
Muscle Ups. Last year I was so determined to get one muscle up. Mission accomplished and man it feels good to say that! Now it’s time to get greedy and start stringing several of them together without breaking them up into singles or doubles like I am now.
My plan: Break down the technique, strengthen and practice practice practice.
Keep up with my vitamins. I have never been big on taking vitamins or pumping my body with supplements other than my usual protein. As I’ve gotten older and since I have started lifting heavier weights the aches and pains in my body are more prominent. Training five to six days a week has really taken a toll on my body and I am just not recovering like I used to.
My plan: Fish Oil (Every time I try to take fish oil I experience extreme indigestion, does this happen to anyone else?Any solutions?) Women’s Multi – Vitamin, BCA’s, Whey Protein, and Glucosamine – Chondroitin.
Do more Yoga & Stretching. This is another goal that I’ve already started to make progress on in 2013 but I am not where close to where I want to be. I know that once I gain some flexibility a few of my aches and pains will suppress and I’ll be able to accomplish some of those CrossFit skills that I struggle with like pistols.
My plan: I’ve signed up for 10 classes at a local hot yoga studio and I want to make it a point to take at least one class per week. Also, take the extra time to follow a strict stretch program to cool down after WOD’s.
Read more. Other than reading through my daily blog friends posts I hardly ever sit down and enjoy a good book. I really do love reading but I absolutely hate the act of starting a book. Getting through the first twenty-thirty pages is so torturous for me but once I get going I never regret starting it.
My plan: Read before bed 2 – 3 nights per week instead of watching TV.
Meal prep and cook more. Working and exercising full time doesn’t leave a whole lot of time for cooking and meal prepping. Where I work I don’t have a ton of options for dining out or picking up lunch so it’s really important that I either make a lunch or make enough dinner to have left overs for lunch. Yes eating out is very convenient but I’d much rather save the money and have control over the nutritious value in my food. Restaurants have a tendency to cook with way too much salt and unnecessary fats like butter.
My plan: Cook or eat left overs Monday through Thursday, allow Friday and Saturday to be my eat out days, and use Sunday as a cook or meal prep for the week day.
- What do you want to accomplish in 2014?
- Did you conquer any of your 2013 resolutions?
- Any advice on a sugar detox?