2017 Goals – Checking in

2017 Goals – Checking in

I still can’t believe we are over halfway through 2017!  Although I’m not one to set New Year’s goals for myself (I like to strive for more short-term type goals) I just couldn’t help myself last year.  Seemed like a fun thing to do, and possibly have a better chance at success?  I don’t know.  Looking back at my goals I realize some were a bit generic, while others were more specific.  However, none of them really had any action plans or steps listed out to achieve these goals. So I’m not surprised that I had about a 50% success rate.  I am thinking about ditching these goals and setting fresh ones for the remainder of the year.  What do you guys think?

Read at least 12 books for the year – Fail

I know the year isn’t over yet, but I’ve only read 2 books this year (what?!)  I know part of that is due to the fact that I spend way more time than I should zoning out to mindless TV or social media at night.  It’s like I hit 8:30pm and have nothing left to give.  I have no clue why I feel like reading isn’t as relaxing as TV.  I also blame this on not having anything stimulating to read (although my sister-in-law just gave me 2 books that look awesome and I’m excited to dive in). I also think I just sort of fell out of the habit.  But I have always loved to read, so I’m going to try really hard to get back into it.  Edited to add:  I started this book last week and can’t put it down.  Maybe I’ll hit that 12 book goal after all!

Post at least 3 times/week – Success

When I started blogging, I decided that posting on a M-W-F schedule would work really well for me.  I know consistency is a huge deal in the blog world, and I am happy to report that I’ve stuck with that schedule.  I am toying with adding a 4th day possibly in the fall, but we’ll see.  I’m feeling so much energy over my blog lately, and have so many fun ideas and things to work on.  I can’t wait to share these with you guys!

Run a sub 1:59 half marathon – Fail?

So I’m just going to put this out there – I think I have fallen out of love with running.  There, I said it.  Nathan and I had a long talk about this the other night, and I shared with him my lack of motivation to start training for a fall half marathon.  I am technically 12 weeks out, and should be following a training plan right now.  But I’m not, and I *think* I am okay with that?  Still working through this in my head.

Get both kids confident on skis – Success

I am happy to report that after 2 ski weekends this past winter, Graham can ski independently.  And it’s such an amazing feeling!  Reagan is still “on leash,” but we were able to let her ski on her own a few times and she did great.  We are currently trying to figure out the best place to take the kids this upcoming winter, but I am confident that Reagan will be skiing without the harness as well.  Can’t wait for more family ski trips!

Utilize the basement gym – Fail

We have this amazing gym setup in our basement, and I had every intention of spending LOTS of time down there this year.  I don’t know what happened, but my motivation to even go down there has been at an all-time low.  I think part of that is because we are working on finishing the rest of the basement, so it’s a bit of a mess down there (to be rectified within the next 2 weeks)!  I also think the warmer weather has me craving more outside time.  I do think getting a white board and writing out a workout before I start would be a huge motivator.  I’m thinking of printing out a bunch of plans and leaving them down there in a notebook.  Then I can just pull one out, write it on the white board, and get to work.  We are thinking of adding TRX straps as well, which I think would be fun.  I’m also intrigued by Beachbody on Demand.

Take the kids camping at least twice – Success

Well technically we’ve only taken them once this year, but we have a campsite reserved for October so I would say that counts.  LOVE the fact that we are introducing the kids to camping at such an early age.  Such a great way to spend quality family time together.

Gain muscle mass – Undecided

I will admit I have a love-hate relationship with the Body Composition machine at the gym.  If I hop on and it spits out amazing results, I’m on cloud 9.  But if I don’t see the numbers moving the way I think they should, it has the opposite effect.  So I’ve been trying to stay off of it, meaning I don’t have any way to track this.  What I will say is that I’ve been more intentional about lifting heavier weights at the gym, and I FEEL stronger.  So I guess we can call that a success?

Your turn.  Who set New Year’s goals?  How are you doing towards them so far?  Anyone else set mid-year goals?

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I'm Taryn. Welcome to my blog! I'm a runner, hiker, and fitness enthusiast working every day to model these behaviors for my 2 young children. I have a passion for preparing delicious and healthy food for my family. Keep reading to see how we define our version of a healthy family.

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4 thoughts on “2017 Goals – Checking in

  1. I used to faithfully set New Year’s goals, followed them faithfully into the first two weeks of the New Year, and then started to slide, trashing them by the end of January. The only thing that accomplished was self-derision! Now my year-long goals are the same: be a better person, more loving, tolerant, kind, patient….towards others and myself!!

    1. I have a love-hate relationship with goals. They are great when you accomplish them, but can be very discouraging when you don’t.

  2. You have a great basement for a home gym, but I’m with you on the motivation factor. There’s something about working out at home that I can’t get over- too many distractions or something. What body composition machine does your gym have? Because, speaking from experience, if it’s the bioelectrical impedance machine, that thing can be off +/- 5% any given da depending on when you measure, water intake, time of the month, etc. Don’t ever get discouraged by the numbers. The fact you feel stronger is a good sign!

    1. I think some people are made to workout at home and others are better at a regular gym. I think adding a timer and a white board so I can write down my workout will help mimic the gym. I might also buy a slam ball and some val slides.

      I’m not sure of the brand, but you stand on it and your heals are on electrodes and your thumbs as well. It does seem to show higher results if I’ve recently been sick or it’s that time of the month. Thanks for letting me know it can be off though. So easy to get wrapped up in the numbers!

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