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Jenn’s Goals for 2012: Polish Up My Healthy Habits

2012 goals

The pull-up bar will be mine. Mwahahaha! Credit: Thomas R. Stegelmann

Each year I set goals for the New Year. Not because it’s what you’re supposed to do, but because I like to sit back, take stock of what happened in the past year, look at where I am now and dream of where I want to go. Then I mark out a few ways to get to where I want to be in the New Year. While you could call these New Year’s resolutions, over time (and after digesting the great ideas of our readers!), I have preferred to call them goals.

I’m not sure if it’s because of all of the New Year’s hype or what, but resolutions don’t seem to have sticking power past February for me. But goals? Well, that’s something you don’t stop working towards until you reach it. (At which point you set another goal!) So with all of that said, here are my goals for 2012!

Jenn’s 2012 Goals

1. Clean up my diet a touch more. Yes, this 2012 goal is a bit vague, but going “paleo/gluten-free/and dairy-free 80 percent of the time” didn’t quite have the same ring to it. After last January’s experiment to go vegetarian, I definitely learned that my body does better without dairy (seriously, cheese might as well be a butt plug for me) and that while I do want to eat meat, I want to only eat the local, organic and free-range stuff that I really trust. After falling off the paleo/gluten-free and dairy-free bandwagon over Christmas (fully my choice and I fully enjoyed every bite!), my body is definitely now telling me that eating clean is how it feels and performs best.

2. Stretch three times a week. Flexibility has always been the forgotten element in most of my workouts. This past year I did yoga once a week, maybe twice, but I really need to make stretching a priority. So this year, my goal is to continue doing yoga one to two times a week AND foam roll and stretch at least every other day. It’s as simple as me doing it while I watch TV in the evenings or taking a break during the day to take care of myself. Easy!

3. Flow with life more often than not. Not to get too hippity-dippity up in here, but in 2012, I hope to tap more into my intuition and give up such rigid control of my schedule, be it work, working out or in the bedroom.

4. Do 10 pull-ups in a row. Originally, my 2012 goal was to do an unassisted pull-up. But last week I did my first one. Which was awesome (!), but threw my goals-for-2012 plan totally off. So now I’m going bigger and better. Ten pull-ups in a row at the Fit Pit or bust!

5. Make fewer goals. Yes, I understand the irony of this, but I’m being only slightly tongue-in-cheek with this non-goal goal. It ties closely into goal No. 3, but I generally want to stop working so hard for something in the future and instead stop to smell the flowers and enjoy what I have right now. ‘Cause what I have is pretty dang awesome.

Do you have any of the same goals for 2012? Tell me about yours! And stay tuned for next Friday when Erin shares her goals for the New Year! —Jenn

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  1. I am a naturally really flexible person, however recently I have discovered the edge of my flexibility. My friend got a new foam roller and gifted me her old one. I am finding that there are muscles and bands that I was unable to stretch with traditional stretches that I can now reach. I am so excited and using my foam roller regularly is definitely a goal of mine for 2012. Even though it can hurt like crazy, I feel so much better the next day!

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