I hope you’ve all had a great weekend. Mikey, me, my sister- and brother-in-law, in-laws and our friend Jon were out back country skiing for two days along the Banff Jasper Highway; it was beautiful! Great to spend time together outdoors and the turns, the views, the company was epic! You can bet there will be a movie to accompany a post in a day or two. 😉
With another weekend having passed, more thoughts about 2013 have also passed. It was wonderful to close off 2012 with a thoughtful time of reflection with my in-laws over Christmas and looking back – so thankful for the peaks and valleys (but mainly peaks, thankfully!) of the last year and to spend time being grateful to God for his continual provision and sustaining hand. Now, however, as I look ahead, I’m filled with anticipation and excitement for what the new year will bring.
I’ve never been a resolutions person – not since I was young, not since I’ve worked in the fitness industry, not as I’m aging. In fact, I’m not even really a goal setter. Instead, I like challenges, I like directions to move in and I’m drawn to areas to focus on more than anything else. So, while the word “resolution” isn’t quite right, here are some areas of my life that I want to be intentional in throughout 2013:
My hope is not to just pray to be used by God and acknowledge him from time to time throughout my day, but instead to DESIRE to KNOW Jesus more fully and deeply and cultivate my relationship with him. The main way I can see making that possible is by reading the Bible daily – it’s also the thing I’m NOT doing right now and I can sense the lack of it in my life.
Ahh…consistency. It’s not just about a few hard workouts or eating clean for 1 week with no slip ups; it’s about doing it day in and day out, over and over and over. The hardest part of this equation for me, as I’ve shared before here, is the eating. It’s so much easier to overeat and take it more calories than it is to burn them off! And while I’m not counting calories, I want to watch how much I eat and also watch the quality of foods I eat. This is a daily focus for me – it hasn’t changed from last year’s goals and is the same right now too – it’s all about reminding myself that this is my lifestyle. Fitness is in the same boat! …it’s just easier for me to get my sweat on than it is to resist that extra scoop of almond butter in the evenings. 😉
I’ve written in recent posts about my struggle to lose the 5-7 lbs that I’ve put on since the end of the summer/beginning of fall. I’m less cut, less lean and a little softer than I’d like to be, and it’s consumed my mind too much on and off for these months as I’ve tried in vain to eat better and consume less to see change. If I let it slip, those pounds might turn into 10 or 15 lbs, so I don’t want to let them go, but I also want to acknowledge and focus on what my body CAN do: hike 25 km on my skis with my husband, run an unplanned half marathon distance on a random day, lift weights and push hard. But I also want to feel good in my own body, and I don’t totally right now. Therefore, it’s learning and achieving this balance that I’m striving for in 2013!
Are you a resolutions person? More goal or direction oriented? What’s your “Focus*in*2013?” I’d love to hear yours and help keep each other accountable! I’ve heard of a few over on my Facebook page when I asked the same question…keep ’em coming!
Live well & be well into 2013, friends! Catch you with a video and some fun shots from our weekend in the mountains later,