Here we are, year 2014. It’s kind of mind boggling, isn’t it? I remember when I was a kid, the year 1988 seemed SO.. FAR.. AWAY. The year I graduate high school, the year I can do anything I want and start molding my life. It’s amazing how time flies, right? The 80’s came and went, I finished college in the mid 90’s and started my career. The first decade of the new century came and went, along with it my 30’s. Here I sit in year 2014, I’ll be 44 years old later this year. Who’d have thunk it?
So with the new year comes new goals for me. It’s well documented that I’m already on a great transformation path (the whole reason for this blog, actually). I’ve totally changed my diet and exercise lifestyle, and have seen unthinkable awesome results. But I know I can’t just stop there and be happy with that – because I know for a fact that as soon as I do, December 2014 might as well be August 2013 – the day I realized I was at the lowest of all low points in my life, health & fitness wise.
Here are some major goals for me in 2014:
- sell my house (thank GOD). I was a victim of the housing crisis, my home lost a TON of value, but thankfully has rebounded. I can finally sell this Spring! My renter is moving out April 1, and it’s being listed for sale shortly thereafter.
- Run the Mini Marathon. Indianapolis has the largest half marathon in the world, it’s at the beginning of May. That gives me 4 months to train for that kind of distance. (I can currently knock out 3-5 mile runs, so I just have to up that a little each week… baby steps).
- Get back into weight training. I’ve lost ALL of this weight with zero weight training. However I know that weight training is an excellent way of reshaping your body (burning fat/gaining muscle) – so at this point I’m going to introduce a weight training program into my arsenal for year 2014.
- I’m going to relax the “Paleo” moniker a little bit this year. I’ve done EXTREMELY well losing weight on the Paleo diet. However I’m finding that the main reason for this is the avoidance of processed foods, and by eating mostly real, whole foods from quality sources. I’ll probably have a little more bread/cheese/pasta once in awhile without guilt tripping myself over it, but I will absolutely stick to mostly whole/real foods as my primary source of nutrition. I figure I’m at a point now where I can slow down the “weight loss” rate and not be so strict on myself – but I won’t lose sight on the main goal of maintaining my healthy mind and body – by eating whole/real foods most of the time.
- To not drink any soft drink/soda of any kind in 2014. I personally haven’t had any since August 2013 and I don’t miss it at all, so this should be an attainable goal.
- play more golf. It’s so easy for me to go 2 or 3 months without playing – I’m going to make a goal to play at least once or twice per month once Spring rolls around.
- Learn to play my guitar. I’ve had this electric guitar for about 10 years. I’ve tried to learn to play it many times, and always get frustrated and quit. I vow to pick up my guitar and learn how to play it this year. I will set up a personal schedule, block out the time, and stick to it a night or two each week when I’m at home doing nothing else but watch TV. Don’t worry, I have zero aspirations to be able to play in a band or even an amateur open mic night – I just want to say that I’ve learned an artsy skill, something I’ve never done before.
These are the things on my mind today – I’m sure others will pop up as the year goes on, but this is a good start.
Happy 2014 everyone, make it your best year yet!