It’s December 1. In my mind, the first of anything (month, year, whatever) means you get to start over! Sadly, I tend to take advantage of this fresh start every single month. I’m hoping to end this vicious cycle in December – a pretty ambitious undertaking in this holiday month.
Step One – The Plank A Day Challenge. I wholeheartedly plan to continue this challenge that I started participating in on November 27. A big problem with my body (which is carrying over into my running) is that I have a very weak core. I am hopeful this will help.
Step Two – 10k training. I started running in April and participated in five 5k races this year. My goal for 2012 is to run all 10ks. I’m starting a training program that will help me gradually increase my mileage until I am capable of running 6.2 miles. Undertaking a running program in December in Michigan is probably not the the best plan, but it is possible to run outside most of the winter, plus I do have a gym membership which gives me access to a treadmill. I HATE going to the gym (I bought a lifetime membership to a gym when I was 18 and I almost never go) but I’m going to need to push myself to take advantage of it this winter. Maybe the planets will align and we’ll be able to purchase a treadmill this winter. What? It could happen.
Step Three – Eat better! Food is my downfall. What can I say, I’m a Polish girl who was raised to love food. I was never that girl who ordered a garden salad on a date. I’ve tried every diet in the book, dabbled with being a vegetarian, cut out sugar – they all failed. Withholding food will not work for me. The key is going to be portion control and moderation. That is what I will be focusing on this month. I also want to be more diligent about limiting (or avoiding) alcohol during the week. I need to get out of the habit of coming home from work and cracking open a beer or pouring a glass of wine while I’m cooking dinner.
That’s it. Simple enough, right? Tonight I’m supposed to run two miles. But I woke up with a head cold this morning. And I have a hair appointment tonight. Doomed to fail right from the start…
Do you like to make a “fresh start” on the first of the month? What kinds of goals do you set?