Plans for the New Year

Happy New Year!! Can you BELIEVE that it’s 2012? I cannot…

I know a lot of people are against setting New Years Resolutions, but as you probably have guessed by now, I am all about making attainable goals to keep myself on track. I think as we get older, time passes so quickly that if I don’t have my eyes set on some goals in the future, it just goes by and I’m in the same place I once was.

It reminds me of one of my favorite quotes of all time:

“If you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got.”

So true.

So, in light of the new year, I’d like to put some goals in writing so that at this time next year I can look back and see how far I’ve come (or not come). Here goes:

1.) PR in my third half marathon March 17th.

I already posted about my training plan and goals for the race this time around, and while I don’t want to set a specific time goal because then I’ll just set myself up to fail, I do want to finish faster than my second half, which I finished in 2:10:43. I have a good training plan in place, and if I stick with it, I really think I can accomplish this one!

2.) Get back to my goal weight and maintain it throughout the year.

I have been struggling with a few extra pounds since September, and it’s time to get back to goal once and for all and stay there. Ideally, I’d like to get around 160 (164 is my official WW goal weight, which is the highest for my height of 5’8) so that I have a little leeway in case a few of those pounds creep back on like happened this time around.

3.) Keep strength training a part of my exercise routine.

In the last several weeks I’ve been strength training at least once a week and have been loving the results and how strong it makes me feel. Before a few weeks ago, I could count on one hand the number of times I’d strength trained consistently, so I’d like to keep it up for all of 2012 and continue to strengthen and tone my body.

4.) Get completely out of debt.

I posted about my battle with credit card debt here, here, and here, and I was actually on schedule to be out of it by the end of 2011. Because I unexpectedly had to move and come up with a security deposit for my new apartment, that set me back a little bit, but my goal is to be out of it in the first half of 2012. I am down to about $2,500 in debt, from where I started at $11,000.


This is a big one. I have an emergency fund set up already, but ideally I’d like to have 6 months of expenses in savings by the end of 2012.

6.) Plan a vacation abroad.

I’d love to actually take a vacation overseas in 2012, but I’d settle for having one on the books by the end of the year. I haven’t been on a real vacation since March 2010 (!!!) and I really need to get one on my radar.

I still want to continue to set monthly goals that will feed into these ones (and weekly as needed!) but these are the BIG things I hope to accomplish in 2012! I know that if I focus on dedicating myself to these goals, I can do it!!

7.) Read more and watch less TV.

I’ve already made a big improvement in this category since getting rid of cable when I moved into my new apartment, but I miss those days where I would come home from work and plop down on my couch excited to dive into a book, rather than get through the current series I’m watching on Netflix.

8.) Go to bed earlier.

I’ve found myself staying up way too late during the week for no particular reason. I’ll be poking around on the internet, watching a TV show I’m not that interested in, or just randomly doing something around my apartment instead of going to bed. I don’t mind going out a little during the week and staying up later if I’m doing something fun, but if I’m just putzing around, I’d prefer to just go to bed earlier! I want to aim to be in bed around 11pm or earlier most nights during the week when I have nothing else going on.

What is your biggest goal for 2012?

22 Comments on Plans for the New Year

  1. Amy B @ Second City Randomness
    January 3, 2012 at 9:03 am (9 years ago)

    I think one of my biggest goals, one not being published on the blog for obvious reasons, is to find a new career that I love. It’s time. 🙂

    • Lauren
      January 3, 2012 at 11:57 am (9 years ago)

      I am with you Amy! I want to find a career I love too this year!

  2. The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh
    January 3, 2012 at 9:27 am (9 years ago)

    My biggest goal is to get a HUGE chunk of weight off. I’m really sick of this 40-50 lb per year stuff when I’m busting my hump. It’s going to take some retweaking but oh well, gotta do it, I’m sick of being in this “comfort zone” and want to get into new numbers clothes wise.

  3. Allison
    January 3, 2012 at 10:12 am (9 years ago)

    Good luck with all of your 2012 goals!

    P.S. Fabulous motivational quote [so true] 😀

  4. Jennifer
    January 3, 2012 at 10:28 am (9 years ago)

    Happy New Year!

    As cliche as it sounds, I want to lose the rest of the weight I need to lose before the end of 2012 (hopefully be mid 2012). I’ve lost a decent amount, but still have a ways to go. Switching to an almost vegan diet has really made a difference for me!

    Congrats on the get out of debt goal! I am in super “pay down the mortgage” mode, and will be so excited when I am 100% done.

  5. Kelly @ No Thanks to Cake
    January 3, 2012 at 11:27 am (9 years ago)

    My biggest goal into continue on the path I’m on, eating healthy and working out! I have 17 lbs to go to reach my goal weight, but I’m not focusing on that as my resolution. With healthy living, I’ll get there!! I need to adopt your #8 and #5 as well…

  6. Ash Bear
    January 3, 2012 at 11:29 am (9 years ago)

    Good luck on your goals! I am focusing on tracking my food on WW online and my upcoming half marathon training as I know that if I do these two things the few extra pounds will come off easily.

  7. Jess
    January 3, 2012 at 11:47 am (9 years ago)

    These are awesome goals Beth! I’d like to plan a vacation to the Caribbean for sometime in 2012. Not sure I’ll actually go on it this year (though I’d love to!) but I want to at least have something in the works!

  8. Lauren
    January 3, 2012 at 11:58 am (9 years ago)

    I am with Amy on finding a new career that I love!

  9. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning
    January 3, 2012 at 12:21 pm (9 years ago)

    I echo many of your resolutions- but have to say AWESOME about #4- paying off debt feels so great- and you made a huge dent in yours!
    I also resolve to go to bed earlier and not watch as much tv. But, my biggest resolution (and one that I actually started early) is to drink more water!

  10. Erin @ A Girl & Her Mutt
    January 3, 2012 at 12:22 pm (9 years ago)

    Great goals for 2012! I definitely need to work on that getting to bed earlier!

  11. Melissa @TryingtoHeal
    January 3, 2012 at 12:24 pm (9 years ago)

    I love your goals for 2012 Beth! I think my biggest goal is to be more willing to do different things in 2012! I’m always falling into ruts with schedules and foods, but by my needing to move twice this year for work we’ll see if I can break out of that!

  12. Maggie
    January 3, 2012 at 2:19 pm (9 years ago)

    My goal this year is to get to WW lifetime membership!

    I have a question about WW goal weights. I am struggling with deciding on what mine will be. I know that to maintain lifetime, you need to weigh in within two pounds of your goal weight. Is it okay to weigh in at more than 2 pounds UNDER the goal weight?

  13. Jen@FoodFamilyFitness
    January 3, 2012 at 2:47 pm (9 years ago)

    My biggest goal this year is to get to my goal weight. I would love to be at or super duper close to it, by October 1st, which is when I joined weight watchers.

  14. Roz
    January 3, 2012 at 6:59 pm (9 years ago)

    Hi Beth. Betcha you bang off all those goals by the end of the year!!!! I look forward to sharing your successes with you via your blog. All the best for 2012, I hope it brings you all that you wish for, and more!!!!

  15. Sarah
    January 3, 2012 at 8:48 pm (9 years ago)

    Good luck with all your goals! All seem attainable and you seem dedicated!

    My biggest goal is to stop bingeing and lose weight before I go to Rome later this year.

  16. Cee
    January 3, 2012 at 11:25 pm (9 years ago)

    Great goals, I could have written many of them myself. Do I hear a bit of a Dave Ramsey influence in there? I took his seminar and loved it. Working on debt and long term emergency funds too.

  17. Katie for Life
    January 3, 2012 at 11:42 pm (9 years ago)

    My biggest fitness goals are to try to get 4 workouts in each week, including both cardio and strength training. I’d also like to get to my healthy weight once and for all! It sounds like we have similar-ish goals … 🙂

  18. Amanda
    January 4, 2012 at 1:20 am (9 years ago)

    Your blog was such an inspiration to me this year! Helped me make my 2011 resolution come true! I resolved to lose 50 pounds last year, ended up losing 56! My resolution for this year? Drop my last 20 pounds and be at my goal weight! I am a proud WW member as well and just love reading your blog! Keep it up and congrats!

  19. Heather
    January 4, 2012 at 11:26 pm (9 years ago)

    Those are some great goals! We got debt free this year and it is fantastic.
    I made 12 personal goals and 12 fitness goals for 2012 and I’m excited about all of them. I think 2012 is going to be a great year.


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