I feel like the older I get the faster each year goes by… anyone else agree?
I love setting new goals each January but I also love looking back on the previous year (well, most years I love to do this—> 2013 was a rough one;) and think about all of the highlights. Brooke started pre-school and gymnastics, she turned 3, moved into a big-girl-bed, was potty trained, she said so many hilarious things that I died laughing from, she developed quite the love for dolls and play-doh and ran her first race. As far as running goes I was happy to run 2 marathons (BOSTON—> a goal I have had forever), set a new 1/2 marathon personal record, I stayed injury free (maybe my first year ever?) and spent many miles with friends on the trails or with my dad driving alongside me for my long runs. There are a lot of memories with family, friends, a pretty amazing boyfriend and a few personal goals were crossed off the list over those 12 months. There were obviously some lows but the highs sure made 2015 a good year together with my favorite sidekick.
Okay, just one more from this day in the mountains a few months ago.
And now 2016 is here and time to set some new goals (or resolutions or whatever you want to call them)! I wanted to share with you a few of my mental, spiritual and physical goals for 2016!
Mental—> To read (at least:) one book per month. Whether it be a book about running, a biography (I strangely really love these) or a teen drama;)—> I want to make reading a bigger part of my life again. Somehow I’ve gotten in a habit to surf instagram/the whole internet whenever I have spare time. So instead I really want to put the phone down and pick up a book instead. Another goal I have for my mental health this year is to start online classes because I have wanted to do this since I got divorced and right now is the perfect time for me to do it. I have also made the goal this year to travel more (to NEW places) with the Brookers. This time of life is pretty perfect for us to do this because of our current situation and I have so many places on my list that I want to take Brooke because we both learn so much every time we go somewhere new.
Spiritual—> I want to make it a priority to spend more time reading or listening to church talks/scriptures/etc. Whenever I wake up just a bit earlier to work on my ‘spiritual health’ my whole day goes much more smoothly and my perspective on everything is a lot better. Just a few extra minutes to think, be still, ponder, study before the day gets busy when Brooke wakes up makes a huge difference in my life. Goal—> wake up 30 minutes earlier to read/think/listen each day.
Physical (in addition to my hill running goal for 2016!)—> Core 5 x a week, Strength training 2-3 x a week and yoga once a week. A stronger and a more balanced body= faster running times! This has been a goal of mine for the last 10 years or so but this year is my year thanks to Grokker.
My two biggest excuses for skipping out on these things is that I like to use any babysitting/pre-school time to be out on the roads running and not so much in the gym lifting weights. My other excuse is that I get bored and have no idea what I should be doing. Grokker has already been helping me get rid of both excuses and enjoy these forms of cross-training a lot more.
They make it possible for me to do my workouts ANYWHERE (and from ANY DEVICE) at anytime (when Brooke is asleep or when she is playing next to me). Grokker also took away my ‘boredom’ excuse because they offer over 1,500 HD premium videos (with new videos added weekly) to choose from with so many different types of workouts that there is no chance I will ever run out of fun workouts to try! They also have expert instructors telling me exactly what (and how) to do everything! These experts are available on their site at all times to help with questions, to share advice and give some much needed motivation to keep working hard.
Something else that I have been trying out with Grokker that I love is that you can get an expert-led plan (I have a way for you to get this all for free at the bottom of this post)! This plan sends you a daily reminder directly to your inbox that includes a personal hand-selected workout and/or healthy meal of the day! A great way to start off the New Year to help you reach your goals!
I”m a big fan of using the Grokker app on my phone too.. it makes it easy to get in a workout anywhere (ps their workouts last anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour and you choose your intensity level too so it is perfect for every level)! I can’t wait to try out the spin workouts on my bike when I get home!
I loved this 30 minute bodyweight only workout. It was crazy how hard this workout was and we didn’t even use weights and I was still sore the next day!
Physical part 2—> Grokker is also going to help me out big time with another goal. I really want to eat at home more than we did this last year (progress, not perfection:) They offer SOOOO many amazing recipes with incredible how-to videos that I drool over and can’t wait to try. They offer a ton of different genres of recipes and I can’t wait to dive into all of the healthy recipes in 2016!
***Amazing news for you——> The first 100 readers who enter the discount code NYNY16 at registration for Grokker gets a 30 day workout plan when you start your 30 day FREE trial!!
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Brookie and I are on our way home to Utah today! I’m stoked to get back to my bed and for Brooke to get to play with her Christmas toys (we left early on the 26th and so we’ve got a lot to catch up on!
What are some of your New Year’s Resolutions for 2016?
Tell me 3 accomplishments that you are proud of from 2015!!!