This year I’m not going to just set goals, I’m going to get them too. I’ve split my goals down into different categories and have also looked back on 2015 to see what I have achieved in those categories too.
Fitness and Wellbeing
After getting to my goal weight with Weight Watchers in 2014, I have now maintained my goal weight (within 3 lbs) for 17 months. At my weigh-in on Thursday (New Year’s Eve) I was 1.5 lbs over my goal weight but that is OK. In January, I am going to re-gain my goal weight. I am going to get back down to my original goal weight, which is 5 lbs lighter than my current goal weight, by my birthday in September. I know that is a long time but it took me 9 months to lose the final 3.5 lbs to get to my current goal weight and it is a timed goal.
As we all know, the weight on the scale/BMI really isn’t a good indicator of good health so I’m also setting myself a body fat percentage goal. My weighing scales have the option to measure body fat and whilst I know they aren’t exactly accurate, they aren’t too bad. My current body fat is 30.3%. According to most of the information I have found online, I am within the normal range of 26-32% for women. However, a healthy range is 20-25% and I would love to get down there. Initially though, I am going to aim for 29.0%
For my fitness goals, my main focus is getting my strength back to where it was at the beginning of 2015, especially in my upper body following my shoulder injury in January. Pre-injury, I had got up to using 8kg dumbbells for shoulder presses and 10kg for rows. Unfortunately, I am now back down to 3 to 4 kg. Although I have still been able to work my legs, due to the shoulder I am not able to lift as much for the deadlift or squat as I used to but this is slowly going back up and I lifted 20kg for the deadlift for the first time in over a year in December 🙂
Of course, I am also going to be focusing on running. I managed to complete the parkrun (5km) in under 30 minutes in February 2015 but haven’t managed to do it since. In fact, I think my average time for 2015 is around the 32 minute mark. This year, my initial goal will be to get back under 33 minutes for 5km, then 32 minutes, 31 minutes and finally back under 30 minutes. Adam and I will also be taking part in the York 10k run, York 10 mile and, the big one, the Disneyland Paris Half Marathon 😀 I’m so excited!
During 2015, my husband and I started having date night once a week while Adam is at his youth group on a Thursday evening. This has meant that we have made time for us away from everything at home. This is going to continue in 2016.
I have some finance and business goals but they are, at the moment, private.
Adventure/exploration – where did I go and where do I want to go?
In 2015 we went back to Disney World. We love it there and have never had a bad experience. As it was Adam’s 21st birthday and he wanted to go, we went. In 2016, we are going to Disneyland Paris – the half marathon is there so it has to be done.
Learning and Growth
Personal development has become a big thing for me over the past few months. In 2016, I am going to read at least one book for personal development e.g. The Seven Decisions, Go Pro – 7 Steps to Becoming a Network Marketing Professional, Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway. I will also listen to personal development CDs in my car (when my son isn’t in it – he insists on the radio). I am going to get back to reading in general too with a goal of reading at least 50 books in 2016.
During 2015, I ran 6 events with Adam to raise money for charity. I also use easyfundraising.org.uk to claim donations when shopping online and will continue to do this in 2016. I have also donated 10% of my Tupperware sales and 10% of my Forever Living Products sales in August.
I also volunteered at parkrun 3 times in 2015. I am going to increase that to at least 4 times in 2016. Much as I love taking part in parkrun, I know that it is only possible because people come out and volunteer instead of run. I think I need to give back. It isn’t just about raising and giving money, it’s about giving time too.
So, those are some of my goals for 2016. What are yours? Did you achieve what you wanted to in 2015 or are some of your goals rolling over into 2016?