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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The One With My Thoughts As I Look Ahead To 2013 (I guess you could call these my New Year’s Resolutions)


As goal-oriented as I am, I really don’t like setting New Year’s resolutions; the thought seems nice but in the end I really think they just set people up to fail. Call me a defeatist or negative but that’s just the way I feel. The idea of setting year long goals is honestly a lot to handle, your life can change so much throughout the course of a year so why not just make smaller goals as you go; that’s at least what I like to do.

But now here’s where I get to be a hypocrite and tell you that despite the fact that I don’t like this whole New Year’s resolutions/goals thing I do have a couple of things that I intend to stick to for all of 2013. These things are things that need to be done in my life anyways and since life seems to have a built-in reset button for us each year I might as well hop on the bandwagon and follow suit.

There are only 2 set-in-stone goals that I have for 2013, the rest are things that I would like to achieve over the course of the year and so as each month comes and goes I will re-evaluate where I’m at and see if I can make it happen.

So here are my I-hate-resolutions-but-will-set-them-anyway-goals-for-2013:

1.   No soda of any kind (not just Dr. Pepper) for one whole year. This is something that I off and on struggle with and I’m done with it for good. I did really good most of this year from June until my marathon at not drinking Dr. Pepper. But after my marathon I rewarded myself with my love of these little devils and I hate the way I feel when I drink them. So that being said 2013 is my year to be soda free. Water, tea and the occasional adult beverage are all I’m allowing myself.

2.   Be in God’s word. Enough said.

Now the rest of these are things that I would like be able to say I accomplished at the end of the year when I look back on 2013 but in reality these are life goals and whether they get accomplished this year or next year or in 5 years is ok with me.


I would like to PR in each running distance (Marathon, Half Marathon, 15K, 10K and 5K) I think it would be cool to be able to do it all in one year but this year may or may not be that year.

I have signed up for the 13 in 2013 Challenge with Jill and I plan to run at least 13 different races but my goal is 2 of those to be Marathons and 10 be half marathons.

I have also signed up for the 5 by the 5th challenge that Laura is doing and so I would like to make a better effort to get in 5 miles at the beginning of each month.
I would like to achieve a 40 mile running week and I would like to have 2 months this year where I reach 100 miles. (I did this once in 2012).

I want to continue BodyPump and see improvements there, specifically in my arms.

I would also like to continue to eat less meat and dairy in my diet.


Before Alex and I get married we plan to attend a class at our church for nearly married couples, I would like to complete this and some marriage counseling with my uncle before our wedding.

I would like to be in God’s word more with Alex and bring back our daily bible and prayer time together.

I want to learn how to be a Godly wife and make an effort to pray for our marriage and for my future husband.

I would like to read 30 books this year.

This year is going to be a big year for Alex and I, not only are we getting married (less than 5 months to go!) but we also both have plans to continue our educations and move. The move will be dependent upon where Alex gets in to law school so there are a lot of unknowns for us right now. But despite the unknowns I’m very excited for 2013, God has blessed me more than I could ever imagine in 2012 and I know 2013 will be even better.

                                      “The best is yet to come”
                                                          -William Shakespeare 


Meteor said...

I hope that you'll be able to make some of the "hubby prayer" times that Sarah has planned, but maybe we can go through the book together if the times never work out with the rest of the girls. I think goals are different than resolutions. You're not that much of a hypocrite ;)
PS: school or not, you're not allowed to leave me! Who will watch Drexel??

Andrea said...

Great goals! I gave up soda in 7th grade and have never looked back. I have the occasional Sprite Zero (and a Root Beer a few times a year), but otherwise I pretty much solely drink water. Good luck with all you set out to accomplish :)

Andrea -

meghan said...

These are great goals! Not having soda is hard at first, but once you get used to it it's not that bad. I drink soda now every once in a while, but I went about a year without drinking it a few years ago. I should probably cut it out again too. And I hope you reach your goal and PR in all of your distances! I know you can do it!

Mommy Run Fast said...

You have some wonderful goals! I know those prs are achievable for you, and I love your goals for family and marriage. Wishing you the best in 2013!

armyamy said...

This sounds like the just right approach to the year. When you have big things going on(wedding! moving!) it can be hard to set goals in some areas. Like you, I have some running goals in mind and a few things I'd like to do better here and there, but otherwise, I'm just along for the ride this year. There are too many unknowns in my future (moving! Getting a new job!) for me to focus on resolutions.*

Curly Pink Runner said...

I'm with you-- I don't like the concept of New Year's Resolutions because I feel like they will go away after a few weeks. I try to set quarterly/monthly goals to work through instead. I did that last year, had a different goal for each month and it was awesome! I was able to be way more focused on specific areas, and the 30 days was short enough to not feel overwhelming, but long enough to help make it a habit that I could continue!!
I ADORE Dr. Pepper. LOVE IT!! I never drank very much, maybe 1 a week, but it was getting more and more adictive, so I gave it up in September 2011 and haven't had one since!

Suz and Allan said...

Both things you plan to focus on in 2013 and your life goals are really good ones. I feel like you being able to PR in every distance is certainly doable in a year.