Tuesday, January 10, 2017

2017 New Year Goals

We are a week into the New Year and I am ready to talk goals. I am a big believer in making goals all year long and not relying on a new year, a new month or even a new week to start making changes. But, like the rest of the human race, I am not perfect and I have been falling into the "I'll start Monday" trap for many of the things I want to accomplish. With that being said, I like New Year's resolutions because January 1st feels like a fresh start. Since the New Year only comes once a year, I better start now.

Here's a cute pic of Ollie to kick off 2017

Before I can talk about this year, I like to review last year and talk about what went well, what could be improved and where I failed.

My Business

My major goal of 2016 was to gain momentum with Lea Genders Fitness. Vague enough? While the blog (aka my comfort zone) on that site has taken off like crazy, the training and coaching part has been inching forward slowly. I took a few steps forward but am still far away from where I want to be. I think part of my problem is that I haven't clearly defined where I want to be. I'm not sure a full time trainer is what I even want. Actually, I am pretty sure it is not.

When I got my personal training certification, my initial motivation behind it was just to gain knowledge so that I would have some authority behind my writing. I didn't want to be another fitness blogger, I want to be a personal trainer and running coach who is a fitness writer. Make sense?

But then once I was certified, I thought I wanted to take on clients. I started teaching at a local studio and really enjoyed those classes, but I knew that being a group fitness instructor working for someone else was not the long term path I wanted to follow. Again, I loved having 'group fitness instructor' under my belt, but not as a career path. I start leading my own boot camps (separate of the studio) on Saturday mornings which I love and I think that could evolve into a partial income stream.

My Fitness

I hurt my shoulder last year so I haven't been as active as usual. Despite not being able to workout aggressively, I've pretty much maintained my weight by increasing my daily activity (walking more, etc.) but I've been stubborn. A lot of running causes shoulder pain and I can't do any upper body workouts so I haven't been as consistent with my workouts despite the fact that my legs work just fine and I could be working on building leg and core strength while my shoulder heals. I could stand to lose 5 pounds, nothing major just some tightening up.

Personal Growth

I started studying with Precision Nutrition at the end of last year and totally fell off the wagon after Thanksgiving. I have no idea what happened other than I got lazy with my free time. I can't say I didn't have time, I just chose to spend that time in other ways.


Goal 1: Develop and grow income streams from writing, blogging and training. 

Pursue freelance writing in a big way in 2017
Grow my boot camps into a regular recurring part-time income.
Take on one or two personal training clients in the evenings (revamp my packages)
Pursue additional paid blogging opportunities

Goal 2: Lose 5 pounds of fat and strength train 2-3 times a week

Russ and I joke that 2017 is the year of abs. My real goal is to lose 5 pounds of fat by monitoring my diet a little closer (I've been a little lax over the holidays) and being more consistent with regular moderate exercise that doesn't irritate my shoulder.

Side note: I started on Redefining Strength's Macro Cycling program. Week one was kind of an eye opener. Without tracking I generally assumed I was getting enough protein because I eat at least three protein-centric meals each day (eggs, chicken breast, fish, etc.). When I plugged the program's numbers into my My Fitness Pal I was high on healthy fats and low on protein every single day. I am working now on increasing my protein intake and reducing my fat intake for week two. I'll let you know how it goes.

Goal 3: Run the Rock 'n' Roll Dallas Half Marathon with a 2 year PR. 

I'd love to say finish it with a PR, but I am pretty far away from that old PR (1:59) and given my shoulder and running limitations, running faster than I have in past two years is more of an achievable goal given the time frame. The race is in late March, I better start training seriously.

Goal 4: Save Money 

We made a goal to save as much money as possible in 2017. This means making sacrifices and not eating out. We want to make great strides towards paying off our house in 2017. It is a huge goal, but one that is achievable with a little focus and commitment.

Goal 5: Blog More Consistently

Continue the momentum over at Lea Gender's Fitness by posting three times a week and developing a more consistent schedule of 2-3 posts a week on this blog. While the numbers on LGF have grown, they have dropped here. I guess you get out of it what you put into it. My goal is to write every day in Microsoft Word and then decide later where it belongs (Lea Genders Fitness, Running with Ollie or freelance article). See goal 7 for how I plan to achieve this goal.

Goal 6: Finish my Precision Nutrition Certification

I just need to do it. Take the time. Take the tests. The more time I put into it the faster it will be over. Commit to studying daily until I complete it. Science is hard, y'all.

Goal 7: Get up at 5:30 am consistently, even on the weekends

The idea here is to develop a consistent sleep schedule. I like getting up at 5:30 to write, workout or work on my business (or study!) before work, but it's hard for me until I can develop it as a habit. One way to build the habit faster is to do it 7 days a week, not just on workdays. Since my plan is to write a little more for both blogs, 5:30am is the perfect time to do it. I haven't started yet. When I told my husband my plan I could tell he was resisting rolling his eyes and he just said "There is nothing to it but to do it." Couldn't have said it better myself.

Goal 8: 10K Steps a Day

in 2016 I met my step goal of at least 10k a day every single day except for this four day stretch in October when I hurt my back and I couldn't move at all. While it pains me that I broke this extra long streak, I just say now that I stepped 10K every day that I was physically able. My goal is to continue this streak into 2017. I credit my step goal with being able to maintain my weight (for the most part) despite cutting my running volume way down. Whether it was by running, walking or just using the restroom on another floor at work, I met my 10K step goal every day and it really opened my eyes to the effectiveness of just moving (outside of traditional exercise). 

Goal 9: Give up Alcohol

Say what? I know it may sound like a big deal to some folks, but this should be a relatively easy one for us. Russ and I are committed to not drinking any alcohol in 2017. 365 days. It's more of an experiment than anything. We went five months in 2016 and often take months off at a time. It just feels like the right year to stay strictly focused on our goals. We have a house to pay off, we don't have money for alcohol anyway. I think with this goal we'll slide into 2018 richer, skinner, healthier and happier. 2017 is never going to be the year of abs if alcohol is involved. ha ha. 

Happy New Year, friends. Thanks for indulging me. I write out my goals in a blog post because it helps me to process my thoughts, it makes them feel more final and committed and I like coming back next year to evaluate how it went!

Do you write New Year's resolutions or goals? What big things do you have in store for 2017?

We got this! Right Ollie? High-Five!

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  1. You have some great goals for the year. Congrats on growing your business in 2016! I gave up drinking alcohol for Lent last year, not sure if I want to do it again...I do enjoy my cocktails! I think giving it up for a year is great!

    1. I remember reading about that when you did it!! Good job!!

  2. Great goals, Lea! I didn't make any blogging goals for 2017, but kinda wish I would have. I guess it's not too late. LOL. I'd love to learn how to make some $$ from blogging, but... Well, right now, I'm just trying to keep up with it all. :-)

    1. yay! we can talk about it in Vegas!! woohoo!!!


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