2011 resolutions and expectations


It’s almost here.

And I’m psyched.

I have a new job.

A new outlook and perspective – those notes to self will be firmly planted on my fridge for the duration of the year.

2010 was incredible. How on earth could 2011 top that?? I guess we’ll have to wait and see. I just know I’m ready to embrace all that the year has in store for me. Bring it on, baby!!

But before 2011 hits, it’s time for some resolutions, shall we?

  • I can and I must kill the fat talk for good. It was my 2010 resolution and one that I sadly did not meet. I let fat talk control me some days, and other days I kicked it to the curb. I’ll say that I’m better at identifying those negative fat talk thoughts and pushing them aside quicker than before, but I’ve not broken the habit for good. In 2011, I will.
  • I will learn to swim and will hopefully get my first tri under my belt. I’m trying to curb my expectations here a little bit only because I don’t want to bite off more than I can chew. First up – learn to swim. If i can conquer that one, and feel confident that I can put enough training in to complete a tri next summer, then I’ll commit. For now, one gigantic goal at a time, right?
  • Speaking of which, I DO want to run another half marathon in 2011. It might be the Wicked Half again. It might be another half entirely – and maybe even in a different state! Time will tell. But I know I want to do it again. Nothing compared to how I felt crossing that finish line after all the hard work and hours spent training. I miss it. I crave it. I want to rock the socks off my next half. I really do.
  • I want to overcome the “I have no patience for yoga/pilates, etc. funk” I throw myself into every time I think about adding it to the mix. To that end, given the experience I had with Core Fusion recently after just one week’s worth of dedication to it, I’m going to embark on the Core Fusion challenge after my STS rotation ends in the middle of January. That means doing a Core Fusion workout 4-5 times per week, in addition to some cardio. And that’s it. It’s time to find my inner strength, something I definitely lack in some ways and I feel confident (especially after reading about Dori‘s experiences with Core Fusion this past year) that this is my best route to finding inner strength. More on this to come, for sure.
  • And finally, I want to give myself a break. Kind of seems counter-intuitive given some of my resolutions above, huh? But what I mean by that is that I want to learn to let go a little bit more, learn to go with the flow, be a little less Type A. All of the things I’ve been blogging about more often, lately. Learning to live versus living by a routine 100% of the time. Letting go and giving myself the green light to sleep in and skip a workout if I feel the need. But without the guilt that normally accompanies it. Life is too short to live that way. And I’ve found myself living that way a lot this year…and I realize that it’s not entirely healthy. There’s something to be said for routine and structure and all that jazz, but there’s also something to be said for living in the moment and being spontaneous now and then too. Most people don’t normally associate “spontaneity” and me, I’ll tell you that much. 😉

I feel like there are probably tons more resolutions and goals rolling around in my head, but we’ll save those for a bucket list or a mid-year resolutions check-in or something like that, I’m sure.

For now, this is my list for 2011.

Most of all, I just want to enjoy every last moment. Savoring each day as a gift, and giving it my all.

Cheers to you all – I promise you, 2011 is going to be some ride, that’s for sure.