Yesterday, I reviewed my 2015 goals and evaluated my progress towards achieving them. Reflecting back, I still have some work to do on a lot of my 2015 goals. I also have some new goals for this year, particularly focusing on my relationships and personal development.
Follow one marathon training plan consistently
I was anything but consistent with my training plan last year. I got most of my runs completed but I didn’t follow prescribed paces. I ran a lot of junk miles rather than focusing on the purpose of each workout. Next year, I want to follow one full marathon training plan with consistency and see what I can achieve. I know I can PR a marathon next year, by how much really will depend on the work I’m willing to put in.
Sub 2-hour half-marathon
For a long time, I thought this wasn’t an attainable goal for me. But considering I ran a 2:03 in San Antonio when I wasn’t very well trained, I know I can get a sub 2 with some hard work. My goal half-marathon to achieve this will be the Edmonton Marathon in August. It’s a wonderfully flat course and it’s local, so that’s a win-win!
Strength train at least twice per week
Despite my failure with this goal last year, I am going to make this a goal again. While I love running, I also want to work on building more muscle definition. It can be difficult to strike a balance between running and strength goals, but I’m going to try.
Previously, I did the New Rules of Lifting for Women program. I really thrive when following a program because it gives me purpose and because, on my own in a weight room, I’m completely clueless. My sister-in-law introduced me Jamie Eason’s LiveFit program and I actually started it yesterday. No need to wait until the New Year to start on goals. I realize when my marathon training starts I might have to modify or extend the program but my goal will be to maintain strength training in my weekly workout routine at a bare minimum of 2 days per week throughout the year.
Create new recipes for the blog
I worked hard on creating a new recipe index for my blog and now I want to fill it up with some good recipes. Particularly, I want to experiment with more vegetarian recipes as I am trying to incorporate more and more vegetarian meals into my diet.
I have a serious sweet tooth and am a self-proclaimed chocolate addict. I know that I take in too much sugar and so I want to work on cutting back on my treats. Of course, I will never cut out my chocolate or ice cream because that doesn’t fit my all food fits philosophy. But I need to practice my own advice of moderation.
Make Pinterest a Top Referral Source
Last year, Pinterest brought in only 2.7% of my blog traffic. A lot of bloggers see Pinterest bringing in over 50% of their blog traffic so I know I really need to step up my game.
My plan to achieve this includes joining a Pinterest scheduling service to help me with a more regular pinning schedule, continuing to create pinnable images, finding more group boards to join and interacting more on Pinterest.
Use a content scheduler to organize and plan posts
often always fly by the seat of my pants with my blog posts. Most days I have no clue what I’ll write the next day. I want to change this and start planning out a months worth of blog posts. This will help me with more consistent posting schedule as well as help me organize my time. This is a lofty goal for me since I’m the furthest thing from an organized person. But I’m going to try!
Personal Development & Relationship Goals:
Be a better friend and family member
I saw Kaella made her goal last year to be a better friend and I really liked that goal. Life gets busy and I often find myself trapped inside my own little world. I don’t mean to neglect my relationships with family & friends but at times, I do.
I want to prioritize these relationships more. If I have to choose between writing up a blog post or hanging out with a friend, I want to hang out with a friend. The same goes for my family. I need to call my Mom & Dad more often (yes Mom, I put it on the Internet so now I have to hold true to it!).
Stop being afraid
I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting lately and realized that I let fear hold me back in a lot of aspects of my life and that’s something I want to change. 2016 is the year I want to take some big changes. Go after some big goals and stop being afraid of failing. If I fail, then I’m sure I will learn something along the way.
So from the looks of this list, I have a lot of work to do in 2016, but I feel up to the challenge. Bring on the new year!