I already wrote a review of how things went for me moneywise in 2013. So, just like last year, I’m going to review my year in fitness. And think about what 2014 will bring in fitness.
I set out some fitness goals for last year. Let’s see how I did:
Goal 1: Keep working toward running an entire 5k. And once I hit that goal, it will help me reach my stretch goal of coming in at the top half of finishers.
Achievement: Of the five 5ks I entered this year, I fully ran 4 of them! The only one that I walked part of was the Tory Row 5k, which was on a VERY hot day, and my body just couldn’t handle the weather. I’m still a far cry from the top half of finishers, but I’ve managed to attain a few new Personal Records (as noted in my Steph on Fitness page)
Follow-on goal for 2014: Keep improving my speed/stamina for my 5ks. More personal records! Keep training! Get a sub-30-minute race time for a 5k (was so very close at the Turkey Trot, with a time of 30:02!)
Goal 2: Enter some more 5ks.
Achievement: As mentioned above, I ran in 5 5ks last year.
Follow-on goal for 2014: Sign up for more 5ks! And sign up for a 10k! I’ve heard really good things about the Tufts Health Plan 10k for Women, though I’d have to take the day off to do it (Columbus Day, not a holiday at my job). Anyone have some favorite 5ks or 10ks in the Boston area?
Goal 3: Keep going to the gym, including surviving this month’s UXF Ripped program that I won through a raffle at the gym.
Follow-on goal for 2014: Keep going to the gym (duh). Add more outdoor runs and longer runs to my training. And maybe track down a training plan that I will actually stick to.
Goal 4: Lose a few more pounds of fat/gain a few more pounds of muscle (basically, keep training!)
Achievement (and also the 2014 follow-on): I was pretty close to my goal weight, and, when I’m really trying (i.e. practicing mindful eating, exercising regularly, tracking everything on LoseIt) I can get down to my goal weight. But at my last physical, my doctor told me that she’s very happy with the weight I’m currently at, so I’m just going to maintain healthy habits and just try to sustain this weight
Goal 5: Sign up for the Walk for Hunger again this year, and raise even more money! And complete the entire walk even faster than last year!
Follow-on goal for 2014: Sign up for the Walk for Hunger yet again this year (can’t wait until February to sign up!). Thinking that, since I raised over $1000 my first year, and over $2000 my second year, can I raise over $3000 this year?
Other than working on all these goals, I’ve been getting more involved in the health and fitness community on twitter. I usually participate in tweetchats hosted by HealthYourWay (follow @HealthyWayMag and #HealthyWayMag) and Runchat (follow @TheRunChat and #Runchat), where I meet new people interested in health and fitness, and learn and share ideas about warmups, workouts, and food (and other helpful hints!). It’s become a pretty great community! I also like checking in with my fellow personal finance bloggers with the hashtag #pfworkout. And trying to keep up with #plankaday (information on that here)
A related goal to this twitter fitness stuff is finally meeting up with some of the local tweeters I’ve met online. Let’s hang out, maybe we can go for a run together!
What have been your 2013 health and fitness achievements? What do you have planned for 2014?