Well here we are, at the starting line of a new year in this race called life. I like this time of year, it feels fresh, new, and exciting adventures await. Seems like everyone is motivated to get on those resolutions and to be better than they were last year. I guess I’m no different. However, instead of setting a resolution this year, I’m going to try something different and set an intention.
2016 was a busy year so 2017, my intention is to slow down, breathe, and enjoy every minute. Sure, I’ve thought about a few goals I want to accomplish but I’m giving them some thought and not rushing into setting them in stone. Don’t worry, I’ll let you know when I do. I think I probably signed up for too much in 2016 and because of that, I created a few bad habits. Sure, I accomplished a lot but it doesn’t feel like I enjoyed it all. 2017, I want to enjoy.
To begin my new year, I started my morning off with making some fresh squeezed juice. I tried a new one from my juice book called ‘Breakfast Pear.’ It had 4 pears, 3 celery stalks, and fresh ginger. According to the recipe, it was sure to give me energy, detox, and immunity properties. I think it lived up to the description. It was tasty – sweet from the pears with a bit of saltiness from the celery and to round it off, a nice bite from the ginger. I’m so hooked on juicing these days! It’s fun, healthy, and actually calming. Most of all, I’m enjoying creating new juices and seeing how beautiful they come out. It’s refreshing drinking something pretty and I feel like I’m doing something good for my body.
After a bit, I took my time and finally went out for a run. I figured if I’m starting the new year out, I might as well start it on the right foot…or did I start with the left foot, I can’t remember. Hahaha – couldn’t resist the pun. I put in 5 solid miles and averaged about 9:19 min/miles. Not bad. It felt good and it was nice to get some fresh air. It wasn’t raining so I thought it would be good to take advantage of the cool, crisp air. Good way to start the new year with exercise.
When I got home, I broke out one of my Christmas gifts – well one that I purchased from my Amazon gift card I got. I bought a Compete Training Journal by Lauren Fleshman. I’m hoping it will help me get on track more with my running so I can be more consistent. So far, I’m really liking the contents. She talks about setting goals and intentions and how you can accomplish what you set out to do. Another concept she brings up is integrity, doing what you say you’re going to do. Interesting because I never really thought about running integrity. Lauren says “Becoming a good competitor is about running with integrity, over and over again, setting realistic goals and strategies you can execute and then doing it. Being humble and revisit our goals.” I don’t think I can really say I’ve done that in the past. So I’m looking forward to breaking out my running goals for the year and seeing my progress.
I also broke out my new planner. Last year, I got a weekly planner from Danielle LaPorte where she encourages you to not only plan the week (or day) but asks you to think about what kind of feelings you want to have. I really enjoyed the planner and have had fun looking back at the year and my feelings and thoughts. I couldn’t resist and I bought another one for this year. I found that when I sit down on Sunday to plan my week ahead, I felt a lot better. Sure I leave room for spontaneity but it also allowed me to be prepared and not miss any appointments.
It’s nice that January 1, 2017 lands on a Sunday this year. It feels great to have some quiet time with my plan to just breathe and enjoy this beautiful day.
What are you planning for 2017?