It’s exciting to publish a blog post about new year’s resolutions because, let’s face it, they can be hard to keep up with and once you post them, you have to commit, right? I always struggle with trying to find something that I can actually do. I can think of tons of resolutions that fell by the wayside over the years, but I can’t really think of many that I stuck with all year long.

The funny thing is that I am a very goal-oriented person, so this should be a no-brainer. In 2009, my goal was to run the Walt Disney World Marathon in January 2010. This wasn’t a New Year’s resolution, per se, since I didn’t even consider running the marathon until halfway through the summer. But it was a large goal that took up much of my free time. If I can plan and accomplish that goal, I should be able to come up with a few good new year’s resolutions.

By the way, if your resolution includes some of the “biggie” resolutions, you should definitely check out this article called 4 New Year’s Resolutions You Can Keep! It includes manageable ways to stick to the old favorites, like weight loss, exercise and making more time for family and friends.

After some thought, I’ve decided that I want to have a few goals I can work with–trying to increase my odds of success I guess you could say. Here’s a start to what I’ve been working on.  It’s a work in progress, but I think these resolutions should be manageable for me.

1. Get in shape for my wedding.  Classic, right? At least my wedding is in September, so there’s an end in sight for this one. I already work out consistently, so the key will be to keep things new and fresh so that my workouts don’t become stale. I want to include a larger focus on strength training, which I do, but not as much or as well as I could.

2. Run at least 2 marathons. I ran two marathons last year, and it was very difficult. But I felt so accomplished after I crossed those finish lines that I want to keep challenging myself and bettering my times. These races aren’t set in stone, but I am thinking the National Marathon in DC (March) followed closely by the Lake Geneva, WI Marathon (May). I want to run both of these eventually, but they are pretty close together, so not sure how feasible this is yet.

3. I want to run a triathlon, too! I’ve already scoped one out in Fontana, Wisconsin for the month of September. I’ve got the running and swimming down, but I really need to work on biking. That should prove to be extremely challenging for me because I really don’t enjoy biking very much. I find bikes to be so uncomfortable, but maybe a new bike is in my future…

4. Keep cooking new, healthy food. I’ve recently started cooking a lot more new recipes (recipes that don’t involve just boiling noodles), and I’ve already discovered some really tasty dishes. My goal is to make sure I keep up with cooking new recipes at least once a week.

What are your New Year’s resolutions?

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