Instead of setting goals or making New Year’s Resolutions last year, I followed Rachel’s lead and choose a verb. My verb for 2011 was dedicate. Honestly, my verb, much like many New Year’s Resolutions, fell from the front of my mind pretty quickly. Despite the fact that it wasn’t at the forefront of my thoughts and actions, I do think it was lurking there somewhere in my subconscious driving at least some of my thoughts and goals. I didn’t think I’d made much “progress” with it until I really stopped and looked back at the year.
…I wanted to dedicate myself to my health which I definitely did in the second half of the year when I joined Weight Watchers and started seriously working toward finally reaching my goal weight. I finished the year feeling pretty damn good about my progress and myself.
…I wanted to dedicate myself to fitness and running. Exercise and fitness is always my biggest struggle. I set goals. I flake out on goals. I set high expectations, and fall short. However, despite my many failed fitness challenges throughout 2011, I still feel like I did manage to truly dedicate myself. In May, I finished the Wisconsin Half Marathon, crushing my PR by nearly 25 minutes. In October, I finished Dallas 13.1 knocking another 10 minutes off my PR with a finishing time of 2:24:22. Then there was my almost 5K PR in April, my definite 5K PR in October, and knocking out my goal of a sub-28 minute 5K a short time later. I know all of these PRs are a direct result of my increasing dedication to training and fitness in general. Even fitness challenge failures still have a positive impact.
…I wanted to dedicate time to myself. I don’t think I did this in quite the way I intended when I set the goal a year ago. When I set this goal I was thinking about taking time to sit around by myself doing nothing; however, I think I did even better than that. Dedicating myself to my health and my running was dedicating time to myself. I dedicated to my Weight Watcher’s meetings every week regardless of what was going on. I dedicated myself to hours of running, usually alone, when I’d rather be sleeping or hanging out. I dedicated myself to going to bed early getting adequate sleep most nights. I used my commute “wisely” to read more than 45 books this year.
…I wanted to dedicate time to my blog. This is one area I really do feel like I fell short. I truly enjoy blogging, but I also find myself consistently struggling with it. A lack of inspiration/ motivation to write, a failure to prioritize writing posts, and at time a complete disconnect with my purpose. I feel like I’m constantly working and reworking my blog without ever really making progress. I get frustrated because I feel like I should have figured it out by now, after 2 years. There will be more to come on this though.
…I wanted to dedicate myself to growing up. This is another thing that didn’t happen in quite the way I expected, but I feel like I left 2011 more mature and ready to really move forward into “adulthood.” And honestly, I don’t think I could adequately explain myself much further on this one, so I’m going to leave it at that.
Honestly, I haven’t made a ton of progress on my 2012 goals. I wasn’t even sure how I planned on approaching them. But after writing this post and really looking back at 2011, I think choosing a verb was a great plan which I intend to do again this year. I’ll be back with my 2012 verb in the next week or so.