2013 Intentions

New Years Resolutions are such a touchy topic. A lot of people hate them because there’s always so much hype surrounding January 1st, and most resolutions do die down after the first few weeks of the year. That said, I think that setting goals can definitely be a good thing, especially when you really put some thought into them and pick achievable goals based on where you are right now.  Time goes so fast as an adult, and I think it’s fun to look back over your year when a new one comes and set some intentions for what you hope to accomplish in the new year.

This year, I put a lot of thought into my goals and decided to divide them up into different areas. I have a lot I want to accomplish this year, and I know if I stay focused throughout the year, I can achieve them all.

First, health related goals.

1.) Keep an exercise log for the whole year.

Sometimes when I skip a run or go a couple days without exercising, I really beat myself up about it. When I keep a log of my workouts, it helps me keep the big picture in mind, and I LOVE being able to look back and see what I’ve accomplished. I just created this document yesterday, and plan to keep it up to date throughout the year.

2.) Cross train at least once a week.

I know I will keep up with running because I’m scheduled to run another half marathon as well as the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler (for the fourth year in a row!), but I need to be more consistent with things other than running. I want to take classes, do yoga, strength train, ride my bike, or just do anything other than running at least once a week, and hopefully more.

3.) Find my happy weight.

I plan to do a thorough weight update later this week, but I really want to find my happy weight in 2013. I feel like I’ve been bouncing back and forth between 15 and 20 pounds since zoning in on my goal weight for the first time, and I want to use this year to really find a weight that is maintainable for me for the long term. I want to be able to have fun and not deprive myself, but also stay focused on my health and get to a place where my weight is not shifting from week to week or month to month.

Second, blog related goals.

1.) I want to be more consistent with posting.

My goal for the year is to post a minimum of once a week, every week. Ideally I’d like to post more than that, but I don’t want to commit to doing too much because I really only like to blog when I actually have something to say, rather than just blog to say I did. If you have any topics you’d like me to touch on, please send me an email (bethsjourneyblog at gmail dot com) or leave a note in the comments section with ideas/questions.

2.) Post one new recipe a month.

My recipes are still one of my most popular parts of this site, and I want to bring them back. Again, I’d ideally like to post more than one a month but we’ll start with 1 because I know that much I can do.

3.) Get back to setting monthly goals, starting in February.

This goes hand in hand with achieving my goals for this year, and I really love being able to see what I’ve accomplished for the last month and decide what to focus in on for the next month. I’ll start this one in February since it’s already the second week of January, and I’d love it if you guys wanted to go along with this and share your own goals with me, and then we can check in with each other at the start of the next month. I love the community that I get from this blog and feeling like I’m not alone in my goals, my struggles, and my accomplishments!

Third, personal and professional goals.

1.) Be more careful about spending.

2012 was a big year for me because I got out of debt and made a lot of progress on my emergency fund, but I continued to spend a little more frivolously than I would have liked. I’m still trying to figure out the best system for this, but I might go back to a cash only spending policy until I get this back in check. I know I should be saving more than I am, and I really want the freedom that comes with savings!

2.) Read at least 1 book per month.

One of my goals last year – to watch less TV and read more – was too vague. One book a month seems very doable, especially since I’m almost finished with Room, which will be my first for 2013. I have Gretchen’s book Terra in the queue next (which will be the first book I read on my new iPad)… any other suggestions?

3.) Have a plan in place to take some health/wellness training.

Health and wellness and weight loss are my true passions in life. I feel like I have the power to really help people in this area, and I want to take steps this year to make it more a part of my profession. I’m considering getting one step closer to this by becoming a certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and/or taking classes to become a health coach. This, coupled with writing my blog consistently and continuing as a leader for weight watchers, will really make me feel like I’m on the right path.

Looking over this list makes me realize what big goals I have set for myself this year! I truly am confident I can achieve them all though, because I think they are doable based on where I am at the moment. I know I will be in a great place in my life if I make progress on all of these things this year, and that is what I plan to do.

Do you set New Years Resolutions/goals for the year? Why or why not? If so, what would you say your biggest one or two goals for the year are? If not, what do you do to hold yourself accountable for sticking with making sure you’re heading where you want to go?



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15 Comments on 2013 Intentions

  1. Toby Edge
    January 7, 2013 at 9:28 am (2 years ago)

    I set goals at the beginning of each year – 3 monthly, 6 monthly, and yearly ones. I then appraise these when they come up and see how I am progressing.

    I think setting monthly short term goals within that larger framework is also a good idea. And, as a general rule of thumb, I set them at the limits of my reach. If you set some fairly difficult goals then even if you fall short you’re likely to have done better than if you were to have set easy ones.

    Its also important to make any goal S.M.A.R.T – specific, measureable, achieveable, realistic, time-bound. So as long as my ‘difficult’ goals aren’t unrealistic or unachieveable, I think thats the best way to go!

    Also, I think its a great idea for you to become a personal trainer or qualified fitness pro. If its a real passion of yours, go for it!

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  2. Dani @ Live Lightly Everyday
    January 7, 2013 at 9:56 am (2 years ago)

    It is so great to see you posting on the blog again! Your goals are great, and I look forward to reading more : )

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  3. Christine
    January 7, 2013 at 12:32 pm (2 years ago)

    I look forward to your recipes. I just got into Pinterest and added your zucchini burger recipe which I had bookmarked forever and never got around to making. I think I’m going to make them tonight!

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  4. Jill
    January 7, 2013 at 6:24 pm (2 years ago)

    Your recipes are my fave part of your blog. Loved it when you posted the steps and pictures. I have mad many of them and loved them. I think a blog post of your fave all time recipes would be great.

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  5. Samantha
    January 7, 2013 at 10:34 pm (2 years ago)

    To control spending, I have a spreadsheet that I try to update every few. It tracks expenses by category and compares it to be my budget and income for month, letting me know what’s left over for the rest of the month. It is the best spreadsheet!

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  6. Deb
    January 7, 2013 at 11:15 pm (2 years ago)

    One of my goals for the year is to try out 26 new recipes. I have a child blog where I post the recipes we’ve tried and liked, including the few I make up. :)

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  7. robin
    January 8, 2013 at 8:17 am (2 years ago)

    Im setting goals this year, like move more eat less but also start saving again! And have fun with it like Id like to set up a rainy day fund for myself. Ive always wanted to go to Paris, well it can be more then just a dream if I start NOW. So if it takes me five years who cares, The point is Im working towards it. Glad youre going to post more. Looking forward to reading them.

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  8. Jennifer
    January 8, 2013 at 12:52 pm (2 years ago)

    So glad to read your update. Your blog is such an inspiration as I work on my own weight loss journey! Off to start my own Workout Spreadsheet…

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  9. Roz@weightingfor50
    January 8, 2013 at 1:22 pm (2 years ago)

    Happy New Year to you Beth! I’m sure you’ll reach ALL of your goals, as you are determined and inspirational!!! Cheers to a great 2013!!!

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  10. Gwen
    January 8, 2013 at 4:50 pm (2 years ago)

    These sounds great, Beth! I’m going to join you on almost all of them! <3

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  11. Kristie Simpson
    January 9, 2013 at 10:21 am (2 years ago)

    Great plans for the year! I may copy a few of them. Last year, I made a resolution that was simple but a bit challenging … to NOT touch the office candy jar for the whole year. And I did it! And it felt great! This year’s resolution is a bit tougher… I’m going to walk Zoe, our Jack Russel, every day. It’s not so much for my own health (I work out plenty already) but she is crazy hyper and really needs consistent exercise. Thanks for always inspiring me :)

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  12. molo
    January 12, 2013 at 9:41 am (2 years ago)

    Hi Beth,
    Love your story and your blog – it’s inspirational and interesting to read. I’ve been following for a while now and since you asked about what your readers might want to see more of on the blog….
    Well, to be perfectly honest – it would be nice to see more of the ‘real’ you. Not just the days when you do everything perfectly and are super motivated and happened to lose weight. Or your plans on how to do everything right – starting tomorrow. But also the days where things don’t go as planned, or glimpses into your everyday life, and even little things that aren’t directly related to food and fitness (work, fun, random musings about life, etc) I remember you once wrote about your phone falling from your pocket into a puddle. That’s a memorable (albeit devastating) story – and one of the last ‘real life’ moments I recall reading on this blog. I might be wrong – I didn’t actually go back and read all the entries from the last few months, it’s just something that popped into my mind right now.
    I feel like there was a time when your blog was a great way to get a glimpse of you, your fun character and personality, and lately – it’s not been as present.
    Ok, I hope you don’t take offense at this. I really do mean it all in the most constructive and supportive way :) Good luck with all of your intentions!

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    • Beth
      January 15, 2013 at 9:29 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Molo! No offense taken, and honestly this comment was part of the inspiration behind this morning’s post. :) I think it’s a hard balance to strike with what to share and what not to share. The last time I mentioned I struggle with social situations bc they usually involve alcohol, I got a few emails expressing concern and asking if I need help/need to talk… So there’s that. I also find that writing my blog and being healthy go hand in hand. When I’m slipping, I have a really hard time wanting to write or knowing what to write about, but maybe if I post here WHEN i’m struggling, it will help others and help ME get back on track quickly. I appreciate your input, I really do! -Beth

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