Tuesday, January 5, 2016

What's ahead in 2016 - fitness goals

Last week I blogged about my life in 2015. I took about a year and a half off of blogging, but I am back and, uh...more mediocre than ever? Not really. Although it feels like it sometimes.

In 2016, I'm turning 35. But as my mom would say, I'm going on 85. Having a chronic illness like fibromyalgia takes a lot out of you, even on days when you're feeling well. Last year I got really tired of feeling sick and tired so I made an effort to force myself to be more active, even if my body didn't want me to. I completed multiple rounds of the 21 Day Fix (exercises only - I found the diet to be too restrictive), lost some inches, and overall, felt a lot better. My body is definitely happier when I'm more active, even if it's nearly impossible for me to get started.

But then work got in the way. And life got in the way. I fell into a funk. I fell into a pity party for myself. And I regained the weight I'd lost. But that ish needs to stop.

You see, I've never been the most athletic person, but fibromyalgia has made me even less of an athletic person. You might think that's an excuse, but it's my reality. Some days showering seems difficult, let alone going for a run. I just have to keep reminding myself to accept the new normal. Maybe I can't do two-a-days anymore, or run and go to a spinning class, or work out for multiple hours. But that doesn't mean I shouldn't just give up and not do anything. Running a mile is better than not running a mile. Lifting for a half hour is better than not lifting at all. And even 10 minutes of ab work is better than sitting on the couch watching Real Housewives.

I've set some moderate goals for myself. I want to lose 10 pounds. That was also my goal last year, but my eating really fell apart when work got stressful. I want to run at least 3 times a week. I have a treadmill in my basement and a gym membership that I never use, so I really have no excuses for not getting a run in - even if it's short. I want to complete at least 3 rounds of the 21 Day Fix and the 21 Day Fix Extreme (that's sitting unopened in my family room). I know that the infomercials about the Beachbody workouts seem a little cheesy, but they've been great for me. I feel like they give you a good foundation for figuring out how to get a total body workout in, and doing a 30 minute dvd, although repetitive, is still easier than figuring out what to do for 30 minutes on your own. I'd really also like to get back into spinning. This is a tricky goal for me because I feel like I should cancel my gym membership to save some $. We'll see how this works out for me.

My secondary goals are running related. I don't know if I'll ever run as fast or as far as I once did, but I'm not going to give it up. I hope to run for fun again in 2016 and complete 2 half marathons, a handful of 5ks (if there are free drinks, I'll be there), and at least one 10 miler. I'd really like to find time to train for a 25k trail race, but I have 18 work trips scheduled this year, so I think it's more realistic to set less goals and see if I have time to do more.

What are your fitness goals for 2016?

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