Is it me, or does it feel like most people around you balk at the idea of New Year’s Resolutions like it’s some type of punch line from a bad joke? Promises you make to yourself that you never end up keeping?
Well, I’m not in that camp. I like opportunities for reflection and renewal, and for me, that started around Christmas. I’ve made myself acknowledge what I’ve loved about me in 2014, and what I haven’t. And I’ve worked through ideas and plans to increase what I love in 2015 and less of what I don’t.
Before I get into WHAT I hope to accomplish, I do want to tell you a story. Back in November of 2009 I started this blog. It was a private blog at first where I was documenting my new found desire to be a runner (hence the title). I had run a few 5K’s, 8K’s, and even a couple of 1/2 marathons. Then on New Year’s Eve, my husband asked me (after several drinks) – when was I going to run a full? I declared that in the new year of 2010, I would do it! I immediately went online to find a fall marathon – picked Chicago – and promptly emailed my family in WI to tell them I was coming, I was running, and they better be there to cheer me on.
And I don’t remember sending it.
So, I started getting replies saying Woo Hoo and all that, and I realized “holy crap…now I actually need to run the darn thing!”.
So, I made my blog public and used it as a mechanism to stay accountable to my goal of running the 2010 Chicago Marathon. And you know what – I crossed that finish line. Throughout the years, my blog has evolved to be part fitness, part diary, and a lot about food.
And as I’m kicking off 2015, I’ve decided that I need help being held accountable for things. And as this year is beginning, I’m also taking RunCrissieRun back to it’s beginnings – as a way for me to say out loud and proud what I want to do in 2015. Because the truth is – I need the help. Your help. I’ve kept so many of my past goals a secret, so failing is much easier. I want 2015 to be the year that I end the BS, know what I mean?
The blog will still have much of what it’s always had, but I will be adding a summary of how I’m tracking with my goals. Because the thought of writing “screwed up another week” is just not something I think I can stomach.
Okay, so I’m going to fall into that punchline category now. I was to be healthier. I want to lose weight. I want to be an athlete. And I want to feel comfortable in my own skin. There. I said it. Out loud!
I have developed some very bad habits in 2014 (and earlier, truth be told). Having a glass or two of wine after work every single day has become a habit. A bad habit. My processed food intake has increased dramatically (Wheat Thins and hummus for dinner, anyone?), and my physical fitness has dropped significantly. I go too long between meals and eat way more than I should or need to. I’ve used a ton of excuses that have perpetuated all of these (busy schedule at work, lots of travel, full time mom, little personal time, RA and injuries/pain)….and I’m sure the list could go on and on. But you know what? Lots of people are busy. Lot’s of people have issues. It’s just a bunch of excuses right?
So, there ya go. Laid out in all it’s pathetic glory. And it’s okay. It feels good to come clean. It’s where I go from here that matters the most.
- get to a healthy weight. I’m guesstimating that’s about 40 lbs
- eliminate processed foods and stick to whole foods and whole grains
- truly go gluten-free. I know gluten aggravates my RA and digestive system. I went GF for 3 months after my initial RA diagnosis and felt great. But bread and pasta are easy, and I was way into easy. This one – will be hard.
- eat regularly. No skipping meals, no binge eating to make up for it later.
- eat out less
- no more exercise excuses. Do what I love and do it a lot. I’m sort of starting from scratch on running (my running fitness got to about 2-3 miles at a stretch, and no better). Ramping up with a 10K app, and will be using that to get me running regularly again. That will get me to the Shamrock in March, and then I can keep on going!
- meal plan, shop, and prep. Every week. Think ahead when I know I’m traveling (and I have a few trips this year already on the books) – be prepared to eat healthy on the road.
- blog consistently. I totally fell off the radar for weeks at a time last year. this blog keeps me sane, and I like being sane 🙂
- enjoy a glass of wine once in a while – special occasions, a nice dinner on the weekend, catching up with a girlfriend, etc. But not every day. That’s a bad habit that has got to go!
- meditate daily. I’ve started and stopped this, but feel great when I do it. And I know the benefits are huge!
- reach out when I need help. Help with sticking to my goals, help around the house, help managing my busy life.
- slow down when I can. I can’t always – life really is busy – but I bring some of that down on myself.
I think that’s quite enough! There are a lot of little goals that will go into these (like redesigning the blog!), but overall, this is what I want in 2015 that I have failed at in 2014. I want to be clear – 2014 was a great year in a LOT of ways. But I let my own health and fitness slip a lot in order to gain other things, and that can’t be okay. Balance is key. And I know I can find it.
I’ll be updating things in the following locations is you want to expand our dialogue:
- Instagram RunCrissieRun
- Twitter @RunCrissieRun
- Facebook Page RunCrissieRun
- MyFitnessPal RunCrissieRun
- Strava Crissie Reichert
I’ll use the hashtag #healthy2015 too!
So follow along if you want, smack me if I screw up, share your own stories and let me encourage you too! Let’s make 2015 a kick ass year.