Can you believe that we’re into the second half of the year? What better time than now to check-in and see how those 2013 goals are coming along.
I remember New Year’s Day well. The Husband, Daisy, and I went on a long 12 km walk around the Stanley Park Seawall. It was a decidedly crisp winter’s day, albeit surprisingly mild. As we walked that day we talked about our plans for 2013 . . . what we wanted to accomplish, and the ways we hoped to be better this year.
I remember ending that walk feeling full of hope and anticipation for the year that was to come.
And although I didn’t mention them all here, I definitely had some big goals for this year.
Some of the goals were of a relationship nature, and some were health, and wellness oriented but they were all very real expressions of the deepest desires of my heart.
First of all, I wanted to spend more time with the Husband. I’m sure I’ve mentioned it here before but the Husband and I have different work schedules, that makes the time we spend together truly precious. Now that the Husband works full-time, and is doing a full-time Masters it can seem even harder to find time to spend together.
On the whole I would say that I’ve been very successful on this goal. How have I done it? I make my time with the Husband and absolute priority (and he does the same with me). That means that I plan outings with friends for the times when the Husband is at work. Also, I’ve decided to limit my volunteer activities for the time being. Yes it would be wonderful to be able to give back in a bigger way to my community but right now is not the right time.
The net result of all these actions is that our relationship is currently very strong. Win!!!
Health-wise I had a couple of goals but one that I made very clear on this blog was my desire to make 2013 the “Year of the Runner.” For me, that meant participating in a 5K, the Vancouver Sun Run 10K, and the Seawheeze Half Marathon. I completed the 5K and felt strong, and the 10K went well too but the half marathon has been a non-starter. And yes, I’m bummed that come August 10th, I won’t be running the annual Lululemon half.
What went wrong you ask? My neck. After my 10K this Spring I took a bit of a break before commencing half marathon training. I was just starting to ramp up my training again when I sustained what has actually turned out to be a rather bad neck injury. To this day, I haven’t been cleared for hard core exercise (although I’m hoping to finally get the green light next week). That means that I haven’t lifted any weights, participated in CrossFit (despite really wanting to at Fitbloggin’), or gone on any runs. Following Doctor’s orders hasn’t been easy at times but really looking out for my neck has been absolutely the right choice to make.
Given that Lululemon doesn’t allow any deferrals, I’ll be forfeiting my $100+ race entry. So you better believe I’ll show up to pick up my race pack (which I’ve heard comes with swag), I’ll participate in the free Lululemon activities, and buy some of the special edition gear. I guess that makes me a bit of a naughty!
Of course one of my big goals for this year is to hit goal weight. And how have I been doing? On the whole pretty well! I’ve lost just shy of 10lbs but most of all I’ve noticed a change in the shape of my body. I’m not entirely sure how I got there given the lack of hardcore exercise as of late but I’ll take it!
Lastly, this year I wanted to make sure I was a happier, and more calm individual. I find it’s so easy to get so caught up in work, daily stresses, endless to-do lists, and little annoyances. Before you know it, the feelings of negativity can overwhelm you and quite literally steal your joy. This is the year I put my foot down and reclaimed a happy, well-balanced life.
This is something both the Husband and I have been working on and we’re definitely well on our way. That doesn’t mean, however, that we don’t have stressful days but it does mean that we get over those tough moments much quicker. On the whole I think we both came to the realization that nothing is worth diminishing our quality of life.
So where does that leave me now that we’re into the second half of the year? Happy with my progress, re-evaluating my goals (clearly my “Year of the Runner” will be cut short), and excited to reach them all by the end of the year!!!
Question: Where do you find yourself at this point in the year? Are you happy with the changes you’ve made this year? Are there any big goals you’ve yet to reach?