Even though these are all 2013 resolutions, I challenge you to make a January resolution, too. Then, make a new one for February, March, etc.
It is proven that small, realistic goals are MUCH more attainable than larger goals. Having a long-term goal is still great (for example, I WILL run a 1:50 half marathon this May), but include smaller short-term goals to help you with your long-term (for example, I WILL run three times a week, including a speed, long, and tempo run each week beginning in February).
Also, instead of saying, "I'd like to lose 5 pounds", say "I WILL lose 5 pounds". It becomes your personal mantra. Write it down. Remind yourself.
One great reason to make short-term goals is that you can reward yourself more often! :) Get yourself a magazine subscription, a new workout outfit, running shoes, workout song, protein powder, or a bubble bath- anything to pamper yourself without it being related to food (my suggestion).
I am serious about the half marathon in May. I say this, however, 4 weeks out of having my first baby and unsure of how my body will react to resuming physical exercise, especially running, in a few weeks. I won't lie, it's been really hard not to exercise. It's a regular part of my life and it feels weird to not include it.
|It also feels weird to not take embarrassing photos of mysel- wait, I still do that.|
|The way I was. Sigh.|
Childbirth is an amazing thing. It not only showed me just how strong women really are, but it also forced me to really slow down and give my body time to recover! I can't remember the last time I've taken almost 3 months off of running (including the last 6 weeks of pregnancy when I didn't run), and I think it's great. I'm getting excited to run again, getting my playlist ready, and I'm excited to rebuild my endurance. I know it will be hard, and I need to give myself a break when I'm not running my usual 5 minute kilometre right away!
So: my January resolutions are as follows:
1. I WILL be good to my body, and not force exercise until I am ready.
2. I WILL lose 5 pounds by the end of the month.
What is your JANUARY resolution??