It’s officially 2014 and 1/2. The first half of the year is over and we are into the year-half-full phase.
Remember all those goals and resolutions you made in January? How are you doing with them? My personal and fitness goals and resolutions were pretty well documented in my 14 in 2014 post for all to see. It’s a great reminder of where I want to be so I know what I am working towards but it’s also a constant reminder of how much work I need to do to meet my goals.
So these are the 7 Resolutions that I made for 2014:
1. Run 4 times per week. That only happened in April during the MODRUN. I run more like 3 times per week, sometimes even less.
2. Be more organized. This is constantly being worked on and evaluated as the projects I work on demand good organizational skills. I have a big trip in August that I’ve been planning for months and it’s requiring every iota of organization that I can muster. Character building!
3. Stop procrastinating. I don’t think I am worse than before but not sure I am better either. Still working.
4. Maintain regular contact with my family members. No progress. I am just as bad at this as I was in January. 6 months later, there are still so e family members I have yet to reach out to. Why am I like this? I did NOT learn this from my parents. My grandparents used to keep up long correspondences with their relatives overseas. My parents are notorious for the care packages they send to their family members. Me… I am just ignoring my family. I have to seriously work on this in the next half of the year. I want to be a better daughter, sister, aunt, godmother, niece and cousin.
5. Eat better. I try. So far, I’ve done a sugar detox, a vegetarian spiel, a week off eating g just G-BOMBS and then incorporated it all into a healthier, more sustainable eating pattern.
6. Utilize ALL my talents so I can develop others. So far this year, I’ve been using my talents for writing – this blog, a few online magazine articles, some movie reviews, and working on getting my novels and poetry anthologies published. I’ve been teaching my Sabbath school class twice a month, teaching the kids in the Pathfinder club and now training the young adults in the leadership class. I stopped my French video project but I’d like to resume that before the end of the year.
7. Read more lasting things. Check! I’ve been reading more non-fiction books. Right now, I’m reading Karen Berger’s Hiking and Backpacking to prepare for camping season. In the last month, I’ve reread Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point, Marianne Williamson’s Return To Love and started Ellen White’s Desire of Ages.
Any resolution to read more is a resolution I can actually keep!
These were my 7 Fitness Goals
1. Run a sub-2 hr half marathon
2. Run a sub-4 hr marathon
3. Run races in 5 different states
4. Run a minimum of 600 miles in 2014
5. Run a 5K at a 8 mile pace
6. Complete my first century on my road bike
7. Bike a minimum of 500 miles in 2014
Suffice it to say none of these goals have been reached. Remember Milli Vanilli’s Blame It On The Rain song?
(Yes, I am not ashamed to reference Milli Vanilli. I was a big fan! Lip syncing scandal aside, whoever was singing was good) Anyway, I blame my lack of progress on the polar vortex. For the first four months of the year, there was so much snow and ice in New York, and the temperatures were so low, I couldn’t do much in the way of outdoor activity so thats why my mileage is really low. I only just barely cleared 150 miles of running and the biking hasn’t happened yet.
But it’s summer and the weather is finally awesome and now that I am spending most of my free time outdoors, I will be working on achieving these goals in the second half of the year.
That’s my progress report for the first half of 2014. That’s looking back. Now we have to look forward to keep getting better if 2014 and 1/2 is going to be better than 2014.
How are you doing with your 2014 goals or resolutions. What are you going to do different in 2014 1/2 to make sure you accomplish your goals?