Today, I wanted to look back at my New Year’s goals that I created back on December 29th. I mean a lot can happen in 4 months. Honestly, I can’t even remember all my goals, which is why I think it’s time to revisit them and see how I’m doing.

Here are the goals I set at the very end of last year:

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.

Update: I’m doing very well with this goal. I guess marathon training kind of helps, but I’m doing more than just running. I also swim and have recently started going to bodypump classes twice a week, which has been a killer strength training workout. I can tell I’m much stronger than I was.  I still have just over 4 months until my wedding, so now I must keep going! By the way, the gazebo picture is also where I’m getting married! Fingers crossed for beautiful weather!

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.

Update: I’m happy to say that I’m just under 2 weeks away from running my 3rd marathon. On May 7th, I’ll have completed 50% of this goal.  I wasn’t able to get to DC because I didn’t have enough week to train, but I am running the Lake Geneva marathon. ‘m also planning on running another marathon within 6 weeks of my upcoming one so that I don’t have to start from scratch with my training.

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…

Update: What was I thinking? Seriously! I’m getting married on September 3rd, so there’s absolutely no way I’m running a tri on the 11th! I’ll be in beautiful, romantic Italy, not in Wisconsin. I’ll have to look up some triathlons that are happening this summer, although it will be a tight squeeze with all the wedding preparation that will be happening the close I get to September. Also, I’ve totally failed at improving my biking. I think I’ve biked like 5 times since January. Fail!

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.

Update: I’m do surprisingly well with this goal. I’ve even shocked myself a bit. I’ve been studying other blogger recipes, using recipes from the back of random food products, stealing recipes from the free sample ladies at the grocery store and have fallen in love with Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything Vegetarian cookbook. He has a mean polenta recipe!

All in all, I’m pretty happy with my progress. I may have overshot a few of the fitness goals, but I’m going to try my best to squeeze all those races in. Even if I don’t get to that triathlon this year, it’s happening next year. I don’t want to jump into without training properly, which means taking the time to build up my biking skills.

How are you doing with your New Year’s goals/ life goals? Have you been accomplishing them or did you forget about them?

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