I can’t believe that 2014 is coming to an end! It has really been an amazing year!
- I spent a fun-filled weekend in a cabin in Springbrook State Park with a group of fabulous friends.
- Sweet Success got a makeover and a new URL!
- I saw Jillian Michaels live with my mom.
- I ran my seventh half-marathon!
- I bought a road bike and completed a 60 mile bike ride! (it was hard!!)
- I attended FitBloggin in Savannah, Ga. and learned so much about blogging and met some amazing people.
- I got to be a part of my cousin’s wedding in Atlanta.
- I started taking classes to become a certified health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
- The BF and I moved in together!
- I started teaching Piloxing at KTown Shakedown.
- The BF and I went to Arizona to celebrate our friend Russanne’s wedding.
Thank you all for being a part of my life! I appreciate you taking the time out of your busy life to read Sweet Success.
Take some time to write down a few highlights from your year. It will make you smile and it will be a good reminder of how awesome 2014 was!
I also like to take a look back at my goals from the past year, and see how I did. Even if I didn’t accomplish my goals, it’s a good way to reevaluate my goals and either change them or make them more attainable.
Here’s a little recap of my 2014 New Year’s goals…
- Do more yoga. I totally rocked this one! I did lots of yoga in 2014 and now I have a brand new Manduka yoga mat to continue my practice in 2015.
- Run a 2-hour half-marathon. Nope. I was teaching tons of fitness classes during my training and wasn’t able to push myself during training.
- Travel more. I went cabining in Iowa, ran Bolder Boulder in Colorado, traveled to Georgia and Arizona and just took a trip to Kansas City.
- Be more active and productive on the weekends. Yes! I guess I was feeling pretty lazy in 2013. I started making weekend to-do lists, which helped me feel much more productive.
- Read a book a month. I read 12 books in 2014! Gone Girl, Relish by Daphne Oz, 21 Day Sugar Detox, The Pilot’s Wife, Eat and Run, Beautiful Bastard, Dead Until Dark, The Fault in Our Stars, This is Where I Leave You, Eat Pray Love, The Fit Bottomed Girls Anti-Diet and #GirlBoss
- Be present and enjoy the moment. I’m still working on this one. I tend to always look ahead at what I have to get done and what goals I’m working toward. I’ve tried to spend more time celebrating little successes, putting my phone away to enjoy moments and spend more time on self-care.
I feel pretty good about my work in 2014!
Now let’s talk about setting goals for 2015!
One thing I’ve learned from IIN is that setting realistic goals is the key to success. But how do you do that?
- Be very specific. Losing weight is too vague. How much weight do you want to lose?
- Is there a way you can measure your progress? Maybe you want to start running in 2015. Pick a race to start training for to measure your progress.
- Choose a goal that is achieveable. No, it’s not realistic to lose 50 pounds by your birthday in March. When we set goals that are too hard to achieve, we end up feeling like a failure when we don’t complete our goal. Then we quit. That’s why most New Year’s resolutions don’t work.
- Make sure your goal is realistic for your lifestyle. My goal to run a 2 hour half-marathon wasn’t realistic for my life, which including teaching 4-6 fitness classes a week.
- When will you achieve your goal? Pick a date! When you have a specific time to accomplish your goal, you’ll work harder to get there.
Write out your goals in the present tense. It will help you visualize yourself acheiving your goal. I love this equation from IIN…
I + present tense action + quantifiable and specific goal + date you will achieve your goal
I run my first half-marathon on June 14, 2015.
Your next step is to write down a few small steps you can take to achieve your goals.
- Find a half-marathon training program
- Find a running partner
- Buy new running shoes
I’ll share some of my goals for 2015 tomorrow!