Since I actually made resolutions last year, lets take a look back at how things went. I had two goals in 2012:
#1 – Lose 30 Pounds
Well, I made some progress with this goal, but didn’t quite achieve it. Here’s how the year played out:
I started off at a hefty 267.6 pounds, and weighed in this morning at 245.2 pounds, leaving me with a total loss on the year of 22.4 pounds. While I was optimistic I would be able to reach my goal, I really didn’t do a good job of trying to lose weight early in the year (I only lost 5 pounds in the first 5 months), but things really took off after I started running in June. I managed to get down as low as 241.8 pounds early in December, but kind of slacked off in my last month, but still managed to keep my weight down.
The greatest thing about losing the weight is bringing back my energy and confidence. I had gotten bigger than I had ever wanted to be, and I felt terrible about it, and it’s hard to be energetic and confident about being a fat sack of crap.
Overall, I’m very happy with my progress, but know much more work is left to be done. We’ll get back to this in a moment.
#2 – Run Four 5k Races
This one I managed to reach fairly easily. Not only did I go beyond my goal (I ran three 5k races, one 10k race, and a 4-mile obstacle course), but I continued to progress with my times in each race. I managed to run my last race in December at a 9:38 pace, which is quite an improvement from the 12-minute miles I was beginning my training with.
Still, it has left me eager for much more!
Looking forward at the coming year, I’m going to try to keep my list of resolutions down to three:
#1 – Lose An Additional 15 Pounds
I may be a bit conservative with this, but I don’t want to be unrealistic either. I’d like to get my weight down under 230, and losing 15 more pounds will get me pretty close to that. I want to both be in better shape and eat better in the coming year to be a good example for my kids and improve my health and well being. I already feel much better, and would like to continue that trend.
I also got a FitBit for my birthday to help track my activity as well, so that should make this even more fun (yes, I totally geek out over data).
#2 – Complete Six 5k or Longer Races
In the coming year, I’d like to compete in a running race each month, plus the Tough Mudder that is being planned for Pittsburgh. Also, as part of this goal, I’d like to get my race pace down under 9:00/mile (5k minimum distance), which may be tough, but would be a real personal achievement for me.
#3 – Blog More
A much different direction from the last couple of goals, but I do realize that I’ve spent much more time as a consumer of content than as a creator of content, while I’ve probably got more to share than I give myself credit for most of the time. I won’t be writing daily, but hopefully a few articles a month at least.
So, that’s the direction I’m taking for 2013. If you would like to track your progress with mine on either FitBit or MapMyRun, let me know. Good luck with your goals as well!