Sunday, January 1, 2017

2017 Resolutions!

Happy New Year! 2017!

First, a recap on how things went in 2016. But before I do that, for reference, I kept fairly good track of where things were until 8/4/16. I don't know exactly what happened then, but I stopped keeping track cold turkey. So, much of what is below comes from the first two thirds of the year or from general guestimation. 

1.) Go to the gym a minimum of two times per week (this should not be hard). And yet, it didn't happen. As in, I have no idea how many times I've been to the gym in the last few months. I think I kept track for awhile and then...didn't. I do think I probably worked out at least twice a week, but I've really no idea. 
2.) Cook at home at least one time per week (to the extent that there are leftovers). This probably sounds odd, but it is difficult to get home between 5:30 PM and 6:30 PM and want to make anything big after being gone all day long. It's much easier to default to single servings meals, but we need leftovers in order to contribute to the next goal. I'd like to be more savvy about food buying as well. I think this one actually came pretty close this year. 
3.) Try to eat out (for lunch) no more than once a week. I think 2016 will be the year of salads for me. I feel like I've discovered how amazing they are this year, and I want to be better at creating them on my own. I think I did pretty well on this one as well. There were weeks where I ate out 
4.) Do yoga as many times a week as we can manage. We need to work on our flexibility. We're not getting any younger! I think this was pretty much a flop from the beginning. I've actually been doing better than usual this month, though!
5.) 30 push ups. Every day. All of January and February. Off an on after that. 
6.) Write more in my journal. Doesn't have to be daily, but it should happen. Better, but not great by any stretch of the imagination. 
7.) Go dancing at least once a month. We've missed dancing and need a little motivation to get out and go! I think we only went...twice...this year. Room for improvement! 
8.) Maybe two half marathons this year? Or at least two 13.1 mile runs. Just the one half marathon (and one of my least trained ones as well). 
9.) A new mountain. :) Victory! Red Mountain in February and Twin Peaks in August. 
10.) Visit a slot canyon. We're thinking Orderville Gulch. Nope. We got close a few times, but hiked some different areas instead.
11.) 20 new books read. I keep reducing this number, but as long as I still have it as a goal, I think it will help to motivate me. There are at least two new books for Brandon Sanderson coming out this year! (Three actually, though I'm less interested in the Alcatraz books.) 20 new books? Totally did that! However, I had my adjusted goal of reading 120 books this year and even after reducing that to 100, I didn't quite make it. 
12.) Perhaps a garden in the spring/summer/fall. We have the space to put it in, we'll just have to find the drive. We did do a garden! It got scorched fairly early on (even though we watered it twice a day) and so we had a very small crop of beans as well as some herbs, but that was about it. Better luck next year!

So, not a super successful year as far as these are concerned. Don't get me wrong, it was a great year in many respects, but there is definitely room for new goals this year! Making those goals achievable and realistic is always tricky, but here's what we have for this year.

2017 Goals:

1.) Go to the gym once a week. We have a fairly pricey climbing gym membership that we used fairly well throughout the year, but really slowed down with in the last few months. I'd like to try and go climbing at least once a week and try harder to use our free-friend days. 
2.) I'd like to try and go running (even just a mile) at least once a week. 
3.) 30 burpees as least once a week! I think that is more realistic than pushups every day.
4.) Cook at home at least once a week (a planned meal). This is pretty much the same as last year, but I'm going to keep it as a goal. I'm thinking one intentional meal (not mac n' cheese - which is a far too easy fallback option for us - too easy and delicious!). 
5.) Read 52 books this year. I'm (secretly) hoping for a much higher outcome, but I'm going to aim a little lower this year. That's approximately one a week - should be very doable. 
6.) Sew one new article of clothing. I like sewing. I want to sew better. Perhaps I need to take a sewing class...
7.) Go dancing at least four times. I know this sounds pathetic, but we utterly failed at it last year and that makes me sad. 
8.) One slot canyon. We missed it this year, but I still really want to do it. 
9. ) I'm going to aim for two solid half marathons this year. 
10.) One new mountain! (I love having this goal every year.)
11.) No impulse sugar purchases. Or, in other words, only buy treats for specific purposes where they will be consumed by multiple persons. Also, perhaps consider the idea of trying to buy foods that are in the single digits as far as dietary sugar per serving is concerned.