Writing Challenge: New Year’s Resolutions

A new challenge from Daily Post which, as I posted the blog which would have been today’s daily prompt yesterday, I need to be able to complete my week-long post a day challenge.  So, here I am taking part in the writing challenge.

2013 is almost upon us, so what better time to make half-hearted promises to ourselves about things we’ll fail to do within a couple of weeks, because they weren’t all that important anyway? Only this year. This year is different. In this week’s writing challenge, we’re going to get resolute with our resolutions. Yes indeed, it’s time to… resolve! 

You can read more about the Writing Challenge here

I haven’t written New Year’s Resolutions for a long time but I do write my goals for the year after reviewing the goals I set for the previous year.

I couldn’t find a blog for last year’s goals, I slipped up there so can’t review them but I do know that I started the year weighing in at 10st 12lbs (152lbs) on 31 December 2011 but went up to 11 st 1lb (155lbs) in February 2012.  So at my current weight of 11st (154lbs) I am 2lbs heavier than I started last year but 1lb lighter than my heaviest weight through the year.  However, my body measurements are the same now as they were at the end of 2011 so I must have done something right.

I also participated in the York 10k Run for All for the 4th year but did not get a PB as my training was very hit and miss due to not being a member of a gym and the weather being an absolute wash out for most of the summer leading up to my 10k.

I swam the Swimathon 5k and maintained my average time of around 1 hour 50 minutes.

Now, on to my goals for the coming year.

  • End 2013 lighter than I started.  I don’t need to aim for a goal weight, if I can lose enough during the year that I end the year at 10st 13.75lbs then I’ll be very happy.  I’m always heavier at the end of the year due to all the Christmas chocolate, biscuits and cake!  I really should set a goal to be lighter in September than I was last September as that is my lightest time of year.
  • Complete the York 10k Run for All in a time of 1 hour 15 minutes or less
  • Complete the Swimathon in under 1 hour 50 minutes
  • Complete the Race for Life (5k) in under 35 minutes

Plan to achieve goals:

  • I aim to lose 1lb a month as this allows me to have a higher calorie allowance. I have found that if I aim to lose more than this and restrict my calorie allowance to less than this I go off track a lot quicker.
  • Cardio exercise – 250-300 minutes per week to include swimming,running, walking to work and karate.
  • Follow the 10k training programme on http://www.myasics.co.uk for the Run for All 10k or find an alternative programme which works for me.
  • Follow the Fitness training programmes on http://www.swimfit.com for the swimming.
  • Follow a couch to 5k training programme for the Race for Life.
  • Strength training – follow training programme devised by the trainer in the gym after discussion of my goals.
  • I will also be more active on my teams on SparkPeople (especially those I am leader/co-leader of) so that I can give/receive support.
  • I will blog about my diet/fitness goals/achievements at least once a week either on this blog or on SparkPeople, with a link to the blog on my other blogs.

Here’s wishing everyone a fantastic 2013. May you all achieve what you set out to achieve and may all your dreams come true.


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