Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday and were able to take some time off over the break. Mike was off the last 2.5 weeks of the year and I took last week off from my other part time job (I do digital marketing for financial advisors part time) and it was nice to get more family time in. Mike and I also went downtown San Diego for the night last week to celebrate my birthday and have some pretty amazing food at one of our favorite restaurants, Island Prime (ever had the popovers!? They’re to do for!). My birthday is on Christmas day so I always celebrate over the course of the week or so afterward. I also went for a nice long hike and brunch with a few friends on Saturday.
On New Year’s Day I sat down and reflected a bit on 2018. I have to admit, I’ve been kind of in denial that I’m going to have twins and be a mother of three soon. But now that I’m no more than 3 months away from meeting these babies, I’m starting to do some planning! However, we all know that you can’t REALLY plan anything when it comes to babies, let alone twins, so 2018 will certainly be a year of going with the flow. With that in mind, when thinking about what I want to achieve in 2018 I came up with a WORD first, followed by a MOTTO, then a series of GOALS.
My Word for 2018
2018 is going to throw me a lot of curve balls. Life is going to be hard and wonderful at the same time. It’s going to be a bit of a roller coaster – the kind of roller coaster that is covered in spit up, breast milk, and tears. It’ll be beautiful and chaotic at the same time. I want to give myself grace during this time. Grace for working way fewer hours than I want or need to to help support our family. Grace for having a messy house. Grace for not being able to return to running as soon as I would like. Grace for letting Siena watch more TV than she should. Grace for maybe taking steps backward in some of my lifelong goals instead of forward. Ultimately, my biggest mission in life has been to raise a family and that’s exactly what the focus of 2018 will be. It’s just not as common to make goals around procreation and child rearing. Or at least not for the sake of this fitness blog!
My Motto for 2018
“Just Keep Swimming.”
Good ‘ol Dory got it right – you’ve got to just keep swimming. There’s going to be tough moments and the only thing I can do is to keep going. Keep my head up, stay positive, and soak it in. Just keep swimming.
My Goals for 2018
Ok so I do have SOME fitness goals for 2018. When writing out my goals I had more family and business related ones than fitness, but you know me, fitness is a huge part of my happiness so I’ve got to think about it! As of now, my plan for postpartum is to focus on 80 Day Obsession with a little bit of running when possible and then one I’m finished with it, move on to more running focus. I think that you CAN do 80 Day Obsession and run (and I’m already planning a blog post on that!) BUT I don’t think that if you have twins and a toddler you can do it all!
With that being said, here are my 2018 fitness goals:
- As soon as I’m cleared to exercise, get out for ONE run outside a week (alone or with a friend, no strollers!).
- Complete the 80 Day Obsession program as closely as possible once I’m ready, including the nutrition plan.
- Run one half marathon (probably toward the end of the year).
- Run at least one trail race (any distance).
- Give myself grace if one or none of the above happens.
Exercise makes me happy. Setting goals like these, keep me motivated and on track. Although I know I can’t plan for how 2018 will go, having goals keeps me a sane! I’ve learned to be a lot easier on myself over the last few years than I was in the past (maybe if you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’ve seen that shift!?), but that doesn’t mean that I don’t have ambitions. As I’ve said before, I still want to qualify for Boston. I’m not sure if my attempt will be in 2019 or 2020, but either way, I’ll be setting some foundation for that in 2018. How strong that foundation will be is still to be determined, but that’s life right!?
So cheers to 2018! Wishing you a wonderful and successful year ahead!
Did you set goals for 2018? What is one word you’d like to describe your year?