My goals are a little bit of a mess right now because starting Jan. 1 I began two different health-related challenge:
Pure Barre 40/60 (Jan. 1 – March 1)
Basically the challenge is to complete 40 classes in 60 days. They did this previously but it was 20 in 30 days, and I was like 3 away from finishing (and thus did not receive a free t-shirt, a travesty I know). While I recognize that this is just a scheme for them to get people to buy more memberships, and the prize isn’t even that good (a discount… on more memberships) I am extremely susceptible to challenges, even ones that don’t necessarily make sense for me to be doing. But like they put up a giant board in the studio where you mark off your classes, and I am too competitive and enjoy charts too much to NOT do it!
100 Days (Jan. 1 – April 10)
Back in Jan. 2017 (now 2 years ago) John Green created a YouTube series called 100 days. This series outlined his and his friend Chris’ 100 day journey to better fitness and health, culminating in running a 10k. I really enjoyed this video series. It focused on healthy behaviors like eating well and exercising as opposed to (potentially problematic or triggering) goals like losing weight. They purposefully did not count their calories but instead focused on getting their daily servings of certain food groups and taking pictures of their food to document it. They also incorporated mental health into the videos and one of their goals was meditating.
Out of this series grew a Facebook group that I’ve followed peripherally but never really engaged in. But, starting Jan. 1, they started up their own community 100 days and I committed to it this time. In the vein of the original series, I set the following goals for the next 100 days:
Exercise: Exercise at least 15 minutes moderate-intense exercise or at least 30 minutes of low intensity exercise. Goal: 71 days out of the 100 (or about 5 days per week).
Nutrition: Eat fruits and vegetables, avoid eating to the point of discomfort, and avoid drinking alcohol to excess (no more than 4 drinks at a time) (also keep eating vegetarian and limited non-plant based foods like dairy). Goal: 85 days out of the 100 (or about 6 days per week).
Self Care: Meditate, read, or write for at least 5 minutes. Goal: 71 days out of the 100 (or about 5 days per week).
This challenge aligned really well with the Cherry Blossom 10 mile, which I am running on April 7th. Unfortunately, I’ve been having some foot problems (which is why I did not get to run any long distance races last year like I wanted to), so I’m hoping I can get it fixed up to run it. If my foot heals, this run will be my culminating goal for the challenge. Honestly, my main goal is to just finish XD I haven’t been running as much in the past couple years so I don’t think I am going to set a personal record or anything.
New Year’s Resolutions for 2019:
Honestly, 2019 is going to be a big year for me. I applied to doctoral programs this past fall and already received acceptance at one. So unless something goes horribly wrong I should be doing some of these things no matter what – quitting my job, starting the program, and moving. But regardless I think they are still goals.
- Professional development and life events:
- Quit my current job
- Start a doctoral program
- Run the Cherry Blossom 10 mile
- Reach 100 classes at the Silver Spring Pure Barre studio (I want to sign that bar!)
- Nutrition and Health:
- Continue eating a vegetarian diet and eating majority plant-based foods
- Drink less (generally aiming for at most 4 drinks a week; for vacations or special events not drinking to the point of feeling sick or hungover)
- Prioritize sleep and sustaining a regular sleep schedule; getting on average 7 hours of sleep per night
- Self Care:
- Read at least 12 books (physical books as opposed to 100k fics lol)
- Write weekly (journaling, blogging, and/or creative writing)
- Meditate regularly
- Diversify my social activities and expand my social circle
- Regularly challenge and find ways to cope with my social anxiety
- See friends who I haven’t reached out to in awhile
- Visit friends who live far away
- Things I have to do for life purposes but don’t wanna:
- Prepare for being extremely poor in graduate school by organizing my finances, creating a budget, and finding ways to save money before quitting my job
Are these too many goals? Possibly. I tend to make too many goals every year, but its hard for me to cut back. I am a very goal-oriented person, and at any one time I am usually in the midst of some challenge I set for myself that involves a too-complex set of goals and activities and tracking. That is just how I live my life. If I don’t have set goals and keep myself accountable I just become inert.
That last one will be the most difficult. I’ve become very accustomed to the lifestyle of a single 20-something working a white collar consulting job. I go to Pure Barre, I shop at Whole Foods, I have every streaming service, I use clothing and food delivery services, I drink kombucha regularly. Today I went to Whole Foods and bought $10 sushi without batting an eye. I am not ready to be living off a 20k yearly stipend O_O.
What are your goals for 2019?