Fitness Goals for 2016!
It’s that time of year again! Time to re-evaluate your life’s direction and set new goals and dream new dreams. I love this time of year. Who doesn’t love a fresh start?
This year, I’m being much more specific with my goals. I’m setting specific and detailed goals and including steps to reach those goals. So without further ado, here are my goals for 2016!
Work on getting more workouts in per week (be more consistent).
Instead of three to four times a week, try for five or six times. I also need to get back on schedule. so the plan is:
- Go to bed at 9pm, which means starting my bedtime routine at 8pm so that I’m in bed with my eyes closed by 9pm.
- Get up everyday at 04:45 am so that I have plenty of time for long workouts. If I’m doing a shorter workout that day (because of fatigue from a previous workout or bad night’s sleep) I’ll use the extra time to read.
- No rest days on days I go into work. This will give me at least four workouts a week and then I can rest on Friday, workout on Saturday and rest on Sunday.
Although I do admit that I did better in December than I have all year. I actually burned over 7,000 calories.
Drink More Water
I’m currently drinking two to three 16.9 oz bottles of water per workout, which is a lot more than I used to, but I don’t drink more than 16.9 oz of water the rest of the day. I need to work on drinking two or three more bottles of water after my workout. To help myself do that I hope to:
- Drink a bottle of water with lunch and while I read in my office.
- Drink a bottle of water on my way home from work (it’s a 25 minute drive).
I’m also going to invest in a water ionizer with my tax refund. We have a Brita filter, but when we tested the water, it was actually quite acidic (about 3.5-4.0 on the pH scale), which can lead to an acidic pH in the body and metabolic acidosis. Incidentally, if you are concerned about acidic water, Zephyrhills (my favorite brand of water) tested at about 8.0 on the pH scale, which is quite good.
Buy a Microsoft Band 2 or a Fitbit Charge HR
I’m on the fence with these two fitness trackers. I have a windows phone which makes the Microsoft band a great idea because I can read and answer texts from the band among other things. But I’m already invested in the Fitbit franchise because I currently have a Fitbit Force (which I LOVE!). I also have a number of friends on the Fitbit app and lots of data for the past two years that I’ll lose if I go with the Microsoft band.
Either way, I want to upgrade to a fitness tracker with a heart rate monitor to get a better idea of my calorie burn during workouts. It will also track my sleep more accurately and may provide some valuable information about my heart palpitations.
Mental Health Goals
Part of overall “fitness” includes mental and spiritual health, so I’m including those goals here as well.
Read 40 Books this Year
I tried this last year, but with all the stress that started in April, I was nowhere near my goal come December. This year, I’m going to try again. I’ll need to read about 3.33 books a month to reach my goal, so I came up with a plan.
Make Time to Read
This is where my ADD kicks in. I need to schedule my time wisely, and I’m really bad at that. I’m planning on reading at least two hours a day:
- 45 minutes at lunch during the week when I’m at work
- An hour and 15 minutes when I get home, probably before bed.
- Weekend reading will have to be scheduled as well. I’m thinking an hour in the am while I eat breakfast after my workout and shower and then an hour before bed.
Stimulate the Mind
I love learning new things, especially things that have to do with medicine. I haven’t had a chance to take classes on Coursera like I’ve wanted to, so I’m going to set aside some time for taking a few classes:
- Medical Neuroscience – I’ve taken this class before, but the material is so in depth that I’d like to take it again because I’m sure I missed something.
- Human Physiology – again, I’ve taken it before, but I’m sure I missed something, so I’m going to try to take it again.
- Anatomy of the Abdomen & Pelvis
- Clinical Kidney Transplantation
- Grammar & Punctuation
- Buddhist Meditation and the Modern World
This is just a few of the classes I hope to take. Just a side note, NONE of the links above are affiliates, I just linked to them in case anyone was interested in taking the classes. All classes on Coursera are free, although there are paid options from which you can earn a certificate. Again, not affiliated with Coursera at all, just a huge fan and they have awesome classes on just about everything from well-known colleges and universities.
Go Completely Vegan by June
Cheese and sour cream are two weaknesses for me that I have a very difficult time letting go. I don’t have a problem with not eating meat or eggs or even drinking milk (mainly because I don’t like them anyway). But I have difficulty letting go of cheese and sour cream. So to remedy this, the plan is:
- Try a variety of vegan substitutes and find a substitute for cheese and sour cream, that I actually like.
- Decide on a substitute for both and stick to it.
Avoid Sugary Snacks, Candy and HFCS
This isn’t the easiest thing for me to do, as we know Oreos are a huge weakness for me, as are jelly doughnuts. But I’ve come up with a plan to help me avoid the temptation when it occurs:
- Remind myself that I choose what I fuel my body with, and I’m worth healthy food that makes me feel fit and healthy. Candy, Oreos, and jelly doughnuts may taste good briefly, but they make me feel like crap two or three hours later.
- Drink water when I get a craving.
- Pack plenty of snacks when I go to work and eat those instead of any “treats” that are brought in.
- If I do breakdown and indulge in something, I’m not going to beat myself up over it. I will drink an extra bottle of water to help flush out the junk that I ate.
- Blog about my weight loss experience, including all my failures, for accountability.
Those are my goals for this year. The ones related to fitness anyway!
What are your fitness goals for 2016? Share them in the comments below, I’d love to here them!
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