New Year, New Goals

Happy New Year’s Eve! As 2012 draws to a close, I’m taking some time to look back at my goals from the year. This was the first year that I’ve actually wrote typed my goals down for everyone to see. Before it was locked up in my conscious. I knew the statistics – writing your goal(s) down on paper and letting others know your goals leads to a better chance at success. I’ve taught the SMART way of goal planning to my clients and patients but didn’t do it at all for myself. I’ve said it a few times this year but I’ll say it again…It really works!

To recap, here were my intentions and the results.

My goals for 2012:

  • Run 2 half marathons or 1 full – 3 half marathons, 1 five miler, 1 10K
  • Yoga 2-3 x/week – averaged 2 x/week
  • Strength training 3x/week – averaged 2x/week
  • Try at least 2 new forms of exercise(cross fit, aerial yoga, etc) – Aerial yoga and Barre
  • Read at least 1 book a month – epic fail! Maybe I read 4?
  • At least 1 โ€œfunโ€ vacation – Another fail!
  • Continue to pursue freelance writing and blog – lots of freelance experience and the blog is 1 year old now!
  • Actually print photos each month rather than every 6 months! – fail!
  • Convince Cooper that I still love him and he still loves me so we can walk and run together again. – Successful depending on the day and Cooper’s mood. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Six out of nine goals reached – I call that a success!

Moving on to 2013 goals, I really liked Amanda’s idea of one word being the focus throughout the year. I had to think for awhile but one word kept popping up in my head.


It’s something that I have struggled with a lot in 2012. Not physical balance but in life. Balancing family time, my job, the blog, social media, running, yoga, strength training, cross training, free time, husband time etc. I want to do it all but I can’t do it all at one time.

Life is

With BALANCE in mind, here are my fitness and life intentions for 2013.

Goals for 2013

  • Train and complete a full marathon injury free
  • Try trail running
  • Run 1500 miles for the year
  • PR in half marathon – 1:45
  • 13 races of varying distance in 2013
  • Become a certified running coach
  • Maintain yoga practice of 2-3x/week
  • Increase strength training 3x/week – possibly try CrossFit
  • Date night at least every other month
  • Read 6 books
  • Find more freelance writing opportunities
  • Get out of my comfort zone – meet more new people, try new activities I wouldn’t otherwise, be fearless, take chances, etc.
  • Find a healthy balance in life, work and hobbies

It’s a big list! I feel confident in achieving all of my fitness goals. Those seem easy (almost) to me. The other goals are going to be tough. But I want to succeed. I have to succeed. For the sake of balance. Here’s to a great 2013!

Enjoy the last day/night of 2012! Be responsible and stay safe!

What are your goals for 2013?

Any tips on finding balance?

33 comments on “New Year, New Goals

    1. I really don’t see myself as Type A but sometimes I get a little overzealous in what I can do at one time. Everything sounds like fun! I’ll try to hold you accountable if you’ve got my back too!

  1. I love the one word idea that is going around. Need to put some thought into it myself. Balance is a great one. And so are your plans for 2013! You’re going to love trail running, trust me! I’m also thinking of trying the crossfit bandwagon–we can compare notes!
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    1. I’ve done trail running a little bit in the past. I’ve been wanting to do it more but don’t want to go alone. Ironically, I mentioned it to my hubs last week and he knew of a friend of his who only does trails now. We chatted and he has a little trail group. Can’t wait to join them for some fun!

  2. Balance is definitely something that is a constant struggle and work in progress. I’m better than I was a year ago but I still have a long way to go. I love your goals, especially becoming a certified running coach and the freelance writing. Writing is one of the big things I want to work on this year.
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    1. I don’t think anyone knows the perfect balance. It changes daily. I need to recognize that! I really wanted to do yoga teacher training this year but I couldn’t find one to gel with my schedule. Hoping to make it happen in 2014. Till then I have other things to tackle!

  3. Balance is a great word!!
    I like the balance in your goals!
    I’m trying to decide if I want to tackle marathon training again – every time I have trained for one I end up injured!
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  4. I think balance is a great word for the New Year…and I do think it looks a little different for everyone, you know? It’s certainly something I’m striving for this year, mainly in my focus and approach to fitness and my body. Thanks for reminding me of this appropriate word, especially at this time of the year! I’m with you on the try trail running and date night too! ๐Ÿ˜€ Excited to see the progress as you move towards becoming a running coach too; so great!
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  5. Great list of goals! I have alot for 2013, need to write a post soon! Some include various running distances (local 10K, Big Sur 9 miler, a couple half marathons) and doing them INJURY FREE! Thats what killed me this year… :/

    Here’s to next year!
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  6. What a great year! I’m still working on my goals for 2013. Each time I read someone else’s goals/achievements, I get a little more inspiration!

    I love ‘balance’ as a word for the year. I can totally relate. I started running this past summer in training for a half marathon. Plus, I started a blog to keep me motivated/interested. Needless to say, my husband thinks I spend too much time blogging (and so do I!). I started to cut back and it’s been much more pleasant – balance was the key!

    Good luck in 2013!!
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  7. Good luck on all goals – and I hope you love trail running! I started doing it more last summer and now can’t get enough. ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy New Year!
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  8. Great job on your 2012 goals and I couldn’t agree with you more as far as focusing on balance. I struggle so much with this and have been really trying to figure out a way to master balancing family, blogging, marriage, friends, you know… the whole package. I too will be continuing this focus in 2013 as well as a few other things like attend a blogger conference, go on a family vacation, organize our home and get back into running. Hope you had a wonderful New Years!
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