So, I hate to be a Debbie downer here, but I hate New Years Resolutions.
Every year people come up with a resolution they would like to fulfill during the year. i.e. hitting the gym more, to be nicer, get that pay raise…
Although I think resolutions can be helpful, personally I think setting goals are better. Setting a goal to hit the gym more in order to be healthy. Setting a goal to be nicer to people because that’s the right thing to do. Setting a goal to work harder to earn that pay raise.
A resolution seems more like a short term effort that you can throw away to the wayside after the first month of the year has gone by. People begin to realize nothing has really changed since last year and their regular routine begins to set in again.
I myself am guilty of this. I am guilty of thinking there is more time. That next week, month, day, whatever…will be there, that I can fulfill whatever it is I wanted to fulfill, later.
I found this great quote that describes the difference to a T.
“We are a goal oriented society. Especially, since, at this time of year we’re given second chances to start anew. Goals are different than resolutions. Goals are defined as ‘something that somebody wants to achieve’; resolutions are defined as ‘firmness of mind or purpose’.”
This week Justin and I were inspired by our friend Eirik who went from not running at all in 2015 to running 1001 kilometers in 2016. Although he had made this his resolution in 2016, I want to make this my goal in 2017.
(Not to run 1000 km…have ya met me? I hate running)
How do you make a goal happen?
As the quote said, goals are something that somebody wants to achieve.
Honestly, I hate running.
And honestly, I had more body issues in 2016 than I’ve had in my whole life.
So what’s the goal?
To get off my butt and do more. YUP. But seriously, Justin and I made a deal to run 500 km (310 miles) in 2017….
So, to break it down:
The Goal: run 500 km in 365 days
The Why: to be healthy and take control of myself and what I want.
Now, the tricky part…
It’s actually pretty simple. J and I committed to running a mile a day. If we do the math, with 365 days and 310 miles committed, that leaves 55 cheat days, or a month and a half.
That’s a lot.
Now we have the numbers.
What about the efforts?
I’m a lazy piece of shit in the morning If I don’t want to wake up. Hitting the snooze and rolling over is E A S Y.
Lucky for me I have a boyfriend who works out religiously and is filled with endless optimism and positivity, plus he just rips the covers off.
We committed to running Monday thru Friday, one mile a day, first thing in the morning.
If you hate running like I do I would definitely recommend doing it in the morning. Doing it as soon as you wake up before you do anything else can help trick your mind. You will have no time to think about what you are doing because you will already be doing it.
Now time for accountability: I have myself, my boyfriend, and now all of Y O U to hold me accountable. Some of you only have yourself, so lean on each other!
Think of the reason why you set your goal in the first place.
My reason was to stop complaining about my body issues and do something positive and consistent. The gym worked out to a few times a week for me, while the running is something that I will be doing everyday.
There will be ups and down, good and bad days on the journey to meeting your goal. Just stick to your plan and the reasons why. Hold yourself accountable and do your best.
I almost said YOLO here at the end but held myself back….
Running definitely gets easier after like 3 weeks of doing it. I’m not a morning person either, but once you’re up and out there you feel so accomplished! Wishing you all the best for 2017!! xo
Thanks Kristie! I’ll look out for that 3 week mark lol
Great post. very motivating! Cheers to 2017 and all that it will bring!
x – Leah
Thank you! Happy new year!
Happy 2017! I hope this year is the best year yet!
Absolutely love this idea!! Having a partner to work towards your goal with totally helps!! Good luck — you’ve got this!!
With his help i am sure I can do this. Happy new year!
Good Luck with your goal! I love to run but since starting my blog it has fallen to the back burner (or just off the stove all together) so I am hoping to get back into in the coming months!
Try doing it as soon as you wake up! It’s been helping me! Happy new year!
Happy 2017! Totally agree and actually this year, I made no resolutions! Putting some real thought in what I’d like from the year before making a big goal commitment.
That’s a great idea Gisel! Really think before committing to things is key.
love this post!!! <3
Thank you Monica! 🙂
Love this post! I totally agree about hating resolutions because they’re so easy to give up on. I make a yearly bucket list of ten things I want to do each year and it’s way more fun to check them off than feel like I failed at a resolution!
I hope your running journey is a great one! It always helps motivate me to run when I sign up for a 5K, plus the race makes running a little more enjoyable!
The bucket list to check off I such a great idea! Imma steal it. Lol. Thank you for the advice!