Since moving to Alaska I have stayed in decent enough shape. My competitive drive has really been lacking though. I can't complain much as it's been nice to not be tied down to a training plan. However, it's also meant that I haven't been mindful about nutrition or logging workouts that really count.
January is the month that people make resolutions. Fours years ago I did just that. I resolved to lose weight and start running. I even thought about MAYBE running a 5k someday. I had no idea back in 2012 that I had made a decision that would completely transform my life.
This January I looked into the mirror and wasn't pleased with how my travels, guests, and the holidays in general had changed my body. There was jiggle. My muscle tone was fading. It is crazy to me how quickly small bad choices add up.
It must have been in that moment that my competitive drive was reignited. I decided that I have worked too hard and for too long to not feel successful.
That brings me to today. After just a couple weeks of recommitting myself to healthy nutrition and solid, planned workouts I feel better. I'm not where I ultimately want to be but I am on my way to it. I've decided on a few 2016 goals that I am shooting for:
- a strong upper body
- to run a 50k (I wanted to do this last year but a mid-training injury that led to being undertrained forced me to DNS)
- to eat clean at least 80% of the time
- to minimize body jiggle (obviously this is a scientific term- ha!)
Bad choices add up quickly but so do good choices. Sometimes the progress seems slow but all those good choices will add up to successful results. Four years ago I could not have imagined how all of my small, positive choices would eventually stack up. They did though and I've got photos, medals, and memories to prove it.
I encourage you to dream up a few goals of your own for 2016. We all will inevitably have hurdles along the way. Let's commit to remain focused and to cheer for one another throughout the year.