I love to make goals. I think I love to make goals nearly as much as I enjoy accomplishing them. Planning is definitely a passion of mine (and a career). Yet for some reason, when Mike and I had our annual goal conversation, he was doing all the talking. Being a mom is uncharted territory and I was having a hard time setting goals because I wasn’t sure exactly how I’d be able to accomplish them. And even more importantly, I wasn’t sure that I cared if I accomplished them!
Of course we’re talking about fitness goals since this is a fitness blog. I could set some lofty goals this year like PR at the half marathon or even BQ. But, I’m just not sure that those types of goals are things that I want to put in the hours of training to accomplish. And it’s not because I think that I don’t have it in me to do it because of the time I took off of running to have a baby (which is certainly a possibility!). Things are a bit different right now and my main focus is helping Siena achieve HER goals – things like sitting up, walking, saying her first word. I want to be there for those things and the big goals that I sought after in the past might take me away from that, especially since I am going back to work in March.
Those were my initial thoughts. Then one day, during a particularly sweaty hot yoga class, I decided that I did want goals of my own this year. I’m a mother but I’m also a woman and an athlete and I deserve my own goals. Goals that make me happy and also allow me to spend time with my daughter. While it’s probably normal for first time moms to forget about their own goals and put baby first, it’s also healthy to have some “me” time outside of baby. Given my epiphany happened in a yoga class, my first goal was yoga inspired and I went from there.
2016 Fitness Goals:
- Do an unassisted headstand during yoga class. I don’t want to just be able to do a headstand on my own in the living room with a wall next to me. I want to be confident enough in that headstand that I risk knocking a fellow yogi over when I potentially fall.
- Do a yoga challenge. There are a lot of yoga challenges floating around the internet and Instagram, and I want to participate! I want to explore new poses and make new yoga friends. I want to expand my practice in 2016.
- Run a strong half marathon that I’m proud of. In the past, I’ve run two types of half marathons: ones that I trained hard for and achieve a PR and ones that I ran “for fun” and struggled through without having any fun. This year I want to train for a half marathon and feel good about the training and effort I put out, whether or not that gets me a PR (sub 1:40:03). A PR would be fantastic, but I want to train with more than that in mind. So far, the only half marathon I’m signed up for is the San Diego Craft Classic (join me for this new race which ends at a brewery and includes a commemorative pint glass and a craft beer! Use code FitnessFatale for $10 off!).
- Finish P90X. This is an early year goal since we’re already nearly halfway done, but it’s got to be on the list!
- Fit into my skinny jeans again. Lose the baby weight. I have ’til the end of the year. I think I can do it! It will take meal planning, coordinating workouts and probably plenty of early morning wake-up calls to get them in, and a bit of willpower, but I miss a big chunk of my wardrobe!
I am still considering a Fall/early Winter marathon but I am going to play it by ear. I’d love to go back to CIM this year and face that finish line again. It could be this year, but it might not be.
In the non-fitness related arena, I’ve got a career related goal, a few Siena related goals, and a breastfeeding goal (yes, breastfeeding is hard enough to require goals!). This year is going to be a pretty great one, I can tell already!
What is one of your goals this year? Do you write down your goals, tell others or keep them to yourself?