I think New Years Resolutions are stupid. Why wait until January, in the dead of winter, when you’re hungover and feeling lumpy from holiday indulgence to start trying to improve yourself? It seems like a great excuse to give up for months until next January.
Buckling down in December, however, isn’t exactly a great time to go hardcore on any goals. I plan to enjoy the season and refuse to feel guilty for indulging, or hibernating, occasionally. So my goal this month is to research, refine, and plan my goals, while building a base and getting back into a fitness routine.
Research: I want to read more about EVERYTHING, but to start, my reading list is below. I want to make informed and reasonable goals instead of biting off more than I can chew. I could use suggestions for strength training and yoga.
Hansons Marathon Method
Born to Run
Moonwalking with Einstein
Refine: Look at my goals with a more informed eye and ask the following questions:
What goals are most important to me?
What is the specific goal? (5 chin-ups in a month? Loose 10 pounds by March? Run a spring marathon?)
What goals are reasonable while still enjoying good friends and a social life?
What will determine if a goal is met? (Keep a clean house for a month means…no dust bunnies ever? Keeping horizontal surfaces free of clutter? All of the above?)
How do I get back on the wagon when things get derailed?
Plan: Put all of this homework in a super colorful, easy to read spreadsheet, as an executable plan.
Building a Base:
Run enough to survive the Polar Dash 10k in January.
Weight Training 3 times a week.
Only eat high quality French Fries. No Ruffles and Jalapeño Cheddar Cheese Liquid.
Alcohol on trivia night only.
PURGE everything in our home. Empty closets, throw shit out, be RUTHLESS.
How do you prepare to be successful? My usual “wing it” method has not worked tremendously well, so maybe this will? Suggestions for reading material?