“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”
I heard that quote a long time ago, and it’s really stuck with me – largely because I think it’s so true. The only time I ever accomplish a goal is when I have a plan, and I’m pretty sure that doesn’t make me unique. 🙂 So, in order to meet some of my Yearly Goals (I prefer calling them that rather than resolutions), I want to set some goals each month that will feed into them, as well as some other random goals/ideas that I’m sure will come up as I go along. Towards the end of 2010, I started setting weekly and monthly goals, and it really helped me stay on track. I think the reason those smaller goals work so well for me is because I can look at my schedule and what I have going on/when I’ll be traveling and adjust things accordingly.
Here are the goals I set for December and how I did with them.
December Exercise Goals:
- Strength training 2x a week, and add in ab work. – I was pretty good about strength training at least once a week, but there were a few weeks I didn’t get it in twice. I definitely did a lot more ab work than I normally do, so 3/4 of a check on this one. 🙂
- Try to do interval/tempo runs 1x a week. I have consistently done this, but mostly because I get too bored on the treadmill not to change-up the speed pretty often. 🙂
- Establish my training plan for the half marathon so I know when to start doing the long runs. Check. I’m following Hal Higdon’s Intermediate Plan with a few tweeks.
- Keep up working out 3-4x a week for the whole month. 3 out of 4 weeks I did this. The week I joined Weight Watchers (unexpectedly!) I only got in one workout, but other than that I’ve been good.
December Food Goals:
- Try to eat home as much as possible given the travel schedule and the amount of eating out I will be doing with all of the traveling. Goal met. I was really, really good about eating at home whenever I could.
- Stick to a $50 weekly budget for food. Nope. I think $50 is too strict for me for a weekly budget and especially because I love experimenting in the kitchen and trying out new recipes. My plan for 2011 is to up this to $75 a week.
- Drink a lot of water even during traveling. Check on this one. I tried to be really conscious of drinking enough water throughout the month.
December Personal Goals:
- Read at least 1 novel during the month. I read two! (this one and this one)
- Try to get 8 hours of sleep a night. Somehow I accomplished this one most of the time. I love my sleep!
- Try not to let the busyness of the month take away from all the quality time ahead with family. Check. Despite how busy I was, I had an awesome month and really enjoyed all the time away.
So, all in all, I did pretty well all things considered. I didn’t realize I would be joining Weight Watchers during December so I feel like that was a pretty big “accomplishment” (along with losing 7.2 lbs!). I’ve also gotten back into running pretty frequently, and actually did two five mile runs this weekend – one outside and one inside. I think that’s going to be really helpful to help kick off half marathon training.
Looking forward to January, here is what I have scheduled:
- January 8th – My sister’s baby shower (in anticipation of Harper’s homecoming!!)
- January 19th – 25th – Traveling to San Diego for work (btw – any readers/fellow bloggers from San Diego that want to do dinner??)
That list is a whole lot shorter than it was in November and December, and for that I am grateful.
Taking those into consideration, here are my goals for the month:
- Follow Hal Higdon’s Intermediate Half-Marathon training plan – focusing especially on working up to a 7 mile long weekend run and the speed training once a week. I will probably cut the plan down to running 3-4 times a week rather than 5 because I don’t want to get injured and I think my body prefers less than 5 days of running.
- Stretch. I am really, really bad about stretching after I run. I want to try to stretch my quads, hamstrings, hips, and calves after every run to help prevent injury and make me more flexible.
- The Shred. Do it once a week for the whole month of January. I never get as sore from free weights as I do from that, plus 20 minutes is really easy to squeeze in anytime.
- Go back to Bikram at least once. It’s been way too long.
- Get back in the 160s. Even 169.8 would be fine. I have 4.6 pounds to go (not counting tomorrow’s weigh in).
- Menu Planning. I fell out of the habit a bit, but I always do a lot better with budgeting as well as looking forward to dinners and being more organized when I do. The plan for this is to try to plan out most dinners during the week, and then the weekends are usually up in the air.
- Recipes. Post at least one step-by-step recipe per week – judging from the comments on the Yearly Goal Check post, this seems like a favorite part of my blog so I want to keep it up for you guys!
- Read at least one book. This should be easy since I’m already reading one and will be traveling and I tend to read a lot when flying (if I don’t fall asleep!).
Whew I think that’s plenty to set out to do in January! I almost kept going but then I told myself to get real. 😛
What about you? Are you a goal setter? Do you prefer weekly, monthly, or yearly goals? What’s something you hope to accomplish in the month of January?