Last year I revealed my New Year’s Resolutions on the 9th January, which is apparently the day that most people in the UK break their Resolutions.
Before I set my SMART goals for the next session of PT Mollie’s Virtual Training Group, I thought it would be a good idea to see how well I did at keeping last year’s Resolutions.
I said “my only resolution this year is to cross the finish line in Brighton on 15th April” and I did that, so a gold star for me. But what of the “mini-resolutions” I made to help me get there?
1. Train properly – but don’t over-train and get injured
Fail. Fail. Fail! I got overexcited after the marathon and in the course of three months I injured my right calf, right foot and left hip flexor thanks to inconsistent training. This is clearly something I need to work on.
2. Eat healthily (no more binges on Jammie Dodgers during a quiet afternoon at work)
The Jammie Dodger binges have stopped but I’m aware that I have a tendency to fast and feast which needs to be addressed. I’m going to work really hard on healthy eating during 2013, which is not just about having healthy things on my plate but having a healthy mindset and attitude towards food. I’ve taken the first step thanks to MattPT and Blueberry Nutrition, and am looking forward to receiving my own personalised nutrition plan in few days time.
3. Give up alcohol until after the marathon
Success! Actually this was the easiest resolution to keep and was the area that saw the biggest change in my habits. I went over four months straight with no booze leading up to the marathon, and apart from a few memorable occasions (my birthday particularly) I hardly drink alcohol anymore.
The impact on training, weight control, appearance and bank balance make it easy to maintain this lifestyle! If you want to cut down or give up completely but are struggling, take a look at the Drinking Mirror App from Drink Smarter. You can upload a photo of yourself and the app will show you the impact that booze can have on your features – its not pretty!
4. s-t-r-e-t-c-h after every workout and attend regular yoga and Pilates classes
Half-successful. The regular classes have happened, I went to Pilates or yoga once a week, and a monthly Yoga for Runner’s workshop with a group of fantastic ladies at Good Vibes. I will improve on this during 2013 with my Pilates Challenge.
However, I’m not so good at stretching properly after workouts. I do stretch but a fifteen second quad stretch is completely inadequate. I need to do better.
5. Try new activities (to prevent me becoming jaded and bored with running)
Success! Last year I tried bellydancing, fencing, archery, boxing, Parkour , Powerplates and flying trapeze in addition to running. As I’m not doing a marathon this year I’ll have more time to spend cross-training, I’m focusing particularly on boxing and Pilates.
New for 2013
6. Get more sleep
I’ve developed a really bad habit of staying up far too late at night. It’s not unusual for me to lose most of Saturday to making up the weekday sleep deficit, which is rubbish as I lose half my weekend. I want to make sure that I get at least seven hours sleep every night.
7. Cut down caffeine consumption
With bad sleep habits like that, is it any wonder I’m a caffeine addict? I’m going to make a conscious effort to cut my consumption down to 2-3 caffeinated beverages a day. I love tea far too much to give it up completely, so I’m going to start off by exploring some decaf options.
9. Budget – Put my purse on a diet
There are a couple of really big events that I need to save money for this year, including the weddings of some very good friends of mine – one in Malaysia and one in Poland. So I need to save money, which starts by being mindful of what I’m spending.
Because I know that I will buy clothes no matter what kind of budget I try to put myself on, I’m using the Fashion Challenges to earn the right to buy certain things.
I’ve had an idea bouncing around my skull for about two years, so during November 2013 I’m going to take part in NaNoWriMo to see if I can get it down on paper. Even if it ends up so bad that I have to burn it on 1st December, I want to try!
How many of your 2012 Resolutions did you keep? What do you want to achieve in 2013?