Thursday, December 31, 2009

How-To Make and KEEP New Year's Resolutions

How many of you, like me, make goals at the beginning of each year and then by April, or even March, those goals have gone out the window?

2010 is going to be different!

What you need:
  • Infrastructure
  • Return and Report System
Let's Get Started!

Step one: Infrastructure

One of my goals for 2010 is to run a 1/2 marathon. This is a pretty lofty goal for me and like any goal, I can't just run 13.1 miles without preparation and a foundation to get me started. I have to slowly build to 13.1 miles. I've created this template to map my way to my goal:

For example:

Run a 1/2 Marathon

Foundation Goals

  1. Wake up at 6:00am to run each day
  2. Go to bed early
  3. Prepare a bottle for the baby each night
  4. Stop eating bad snacks (switch to apples and carrots instead of chocolate covered raisins and ice cream)
  5. Build a killer ipod playlist to get me pumped
Mid Range Goals
  1. Follow Hal Higdon's training plan
  2. Prepare healthy eating plans for family dinners
  3. Run a 5k or 10k each month

Run the Hobble Creek 1/2 Marathon in August 2010!

Make your goals specific so you have no wiggle room. Set a date when you will accomplish your goal and get going!

Step two: Return and Report

If you tell someone you are doing something, you are more likely to do it. Convince a friend to train for your 1/2 marathon with you, start a goal journal that you report to each night, blog about your goals and tell your readers you will be reporting to them each week, etc.

Reporting your progress or lack of progress on a continual basis is a good way to keep motivated to do better.

You guys ready? Good! Hope your 2010 year is happy, prosperous and goal oriented!

Happy New Year!

P.S. If you would like a copy of the Goal Pyramid, just email me and I will send you a PDF version!


  1. What great goals you have! I love your pyramid, very clever! I'm a runner to, so I have similar goals! Stop by and visit me sometime!

  2. I LOVE this chart, do you mind if I use it on my blog? Of course I will site you, I will have it post Saturday morning and link to your blog. Its great for dieting!

  3. Of course you can link to it Ashley! Do you want the original image so it is larger?

  4. Great post! I would actually like to train for a 1/2 marathon this year as well. I have never run in a race and I only discovered I enjoy running last year. And chocolate covered raisins are my fav. Don't you feel like it's one of the dorkiest candies? :) Anyway, thanks for visiting my blog. We'll have to keep in touch on how our training is going!


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