I am a natural born planner and I come by it very honestly. My mother, whom we nickname “Martha” because she is super mom times a million, is a big fan of planning and thus, I learned how to effectively plan at a young age.
I was the girl who asked my mom for labels so I could make my own library system for my books. I also organized the tests I gave to my Cabbage Patch kids in their own file folders (with labels of course). (Reader note: Yes, I understand this labels me as a complete nerd from a young age.) I made and still make lists for everything; I really enjoy having a plan; I am my mother’s daughter and I love all the wonderful lessons she taught me about setting goals, aiming high and being proactive in all facets of my life.
My mother has always done so much for our family and gone above and beyond for friends and strangers alike. She is a prime example of how planning properly allows you to do so many things and succeed in so many ways big and small. I tried my best to channel her wonderful traits in my own life and in planning for this upcoming year and setting my goals. She taught me to aim high, trust and have faith in myself and work hard to achieve great things.
I’m a few days late in posting my 2012 goals but I wanted to sleep on them for a few nights to ensure I was setting the right goals while still aiming high.
Fitness Goals -
1. Be faster. – I have a lofty personal goal of a sub 4 hour marathon. I’m planning several marathons in 2012 to give me plenty of opportunities to get to this goal. I also bought my very first Sparkle Skirt. I think this will definitely help with my speed. Sparkles = speed. Flawless logic my friends.
2. Be stronger. – Last year’s marathon training coupled with the many transitions of 2011 meant weight training fell to the wayside. This will be remedied this year. I am aiming for 2-3 days of strength training per week. This may be tricky to juggle with high mileage weeks but I am looking forward to it.
3. Be more flexible. – I tend to injure myself when I increase mileage because my body easily gets itself out of whack. Muscle imbalances due to my limited flexibility (as miles increase, muscles will tighten if not stretched properly) have led to injuries in the past. This year, I am focusing on more yoga to help me be more flexible. More flexibility = looser muscles = happier, faster runner Tess.
Personal Goals (that I am willing to share on the internet )
1. Be cognizant of spending. – Chris and I are truly a team when it comes to our finances. We took Financial Peace (the Dave Ramsey program) at our church before we were engaged and are really trying to incorporate many of the lessons we learned into our finances this year. I can’t say this will be an easy goal but the payoff will be very nice at the end of 2012.
2. Be cognizant of our “home” time – Chris and I both have jobs that demand a lot of our attention and time. We are both working towards leaving work at work and focusing more on time together when we are home. Our weekdays are usually jam-packed, but I am aiming for 1 night of a home-cooked meal together each week.
1. Blog more regularly – In the past few months, I have really enjoyed this little blog. I have gotten to know other bloggers, gotten to share my fitness story with many and kept my family and friends far and near current on all things going on.
2. Be in the moment – Sometimes the planner in me is always thinking ahead, this year I want to focus more on enjoying the NOW.
If 2011 is any indication, I know 2012 will be a great year filled with love, laughter and joy (and MANY SPEEDY MILES).