2011: Goal, Set, Match

Look! Progress!



This was my afternoon snack. Frozen cherries – with a little cocoa powder sprinkled over them.


Yep, I even got in the habit of eating dessert after lunch in the past few weeks! Small victories, friends. Small victories 😀

 Can you believe it’s freaking December 27th?? The year 2011 will be here in four (4!!) days. It got me to thinking whether or not I’d make New Year’s Goals (not to confused with New Year’s Resolutions) this go around.

To aid in my decision making process, I analyzed last year’s New Year’s Goals.

Here they are:

  1. Become a more patient and calm person (Check – MUCH calmer)
    • Practice yoga 2-3 times per week (1-2 times per week? half a point?) 
    • Come up with a mantra (I really like Averie’s “I have all the time in the world” mantra) I’d say “whatever you’re doing, do it 100%” was my mantra for the year.
    • Sticking around after classes/meetings/appointments and chit chatting for a few minutes instead of booking out the door to the next appointment/thing going on. Check!
  2. Have an established base of clients in personal training Check, check, check!
    • Prospect gyms/studios around the area – sign on with one Check!
    • Make business cards to hand out at various events/appointments Check!
    • Be OK with not cooking a new dinner each night/blogging each night (this part time job will take up time.) I guess I forgot I was ever not OK with this.
  3. Attain my ACE Group Fitness certification Negative…but I tried!
    • Sign up for/Inquire about Heartland Group Fitness class ditto
    • Continue to try out as many group fitness classes at my gym as I can check
  4. Run a half marathon Check 😀
    • Pick a race in the late spring/early summer and start training check
    • Train three days a week: short, easy run, short, hard interval run, long run check
  5. Run a 5K in under 26 minutes ehh, not check – but close!
    • Keep up on interval running for a distance of 3.1 miles focusing on getting to 8:30 miles

I got 3/5 – I’d say that’s a pretty good record!! The key is to set realistic goals. For me, unattainable goals only set us up for disappointment. That’s also why I set goals and not resolutions 😉

With these odds, I decided that yes, I would set up some goals for myself. As always, these goals are based on certain situations (such as whether my @#$@# hip will heal or if I’ll need to pursue other forms of treatment.)


I also organized them into goals and milestones or goals and subgoals, if you will.



In order to achieve a major goal, I’ve broken it into smaller steps on how I’ll get there.

On the bottom, I sectioned off an area just for operational goals – aka goals that don’t really have a start and finish date like training for a marathon does.


Without further ado…

My 2011 New Year’s Goals

Goal 1: Run the Chicago Marathon

Milestones: Heal hip, start training in March, train smart – only 3-4 days per week

Goal 2: Increase Client Base

Milestones: Create more promotions/fliers/contests etc., increase face time in the gym, spread the word out to potential word-of-mouth clients

Goal 3: Develop Fitconomy

Milestones: Promote and devote time to virtual personal training and nutritional services, update blog twice weekly

Goal 4: Become more in touch with my spirituality

Milestones: Attend church every Sunday, pray daily

Goal 5: Practice yoga regularly

Milestones: Attend one to two power yoga classes at the gym weekly and do one yoga session at home per week

I have a couple more, but would prefer not to announce them publicly on the blog just yet.

Here’s to a fun, successful, and healthy New Year!! 😀

Do you set goals or resolutions for the year? Why or why not? If so, how did you do this year?


Well Shane just got home from work, so I’m going to go spend some time with him before going out to dinner with my parents! They want Olive Garden, but I’m going to try to convince them Lucca’s is a better choice 😉

Have a great Monday evening!

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  1. Katherine: Unemployed says:

    I am so inspired just reading your post! can’t wait to hear about more in the coming year. Great blog!

  2. LouisianaLady @ geauxrun.blogspot.com says:

    Great GOALS for 2011…you gave me some ideas to add to mine!

  3. Great goals! I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what I want to accomplish in the upcoming year. I definitely want to do my first marathon, and I have my eye on a duathlon as well.

  4. I never really set goals, but I want to start. It definitely keeps you on track! A lot of times I end up starting something and not finishing (*cough, my ACE materials have been sitting on my windowsill for MONTHS) haha.

  5. I seriously CANNOT believe it’s almost 2011. Cuh-raaazy!
    Great goals girl!

  6. you are the most goal savvy person i know! this is great. and great job on your 2010 goals :)

    • Haha – thanks! I am a (project) planner by trade, though at the BIC and we just finished 2011 planning!! Guess I’m still in the mindset 😉

    • I like the valuable iorfomatinn you provide in your articles. I will bookmark your blog and check again here frequently. I’m quite sure I’ll learn many new stuff right here! Best of luck for the next!

    • I like the valuable iorfomatinn you provide in your articles. I will bookmark your blog and check again here frequently. I\’m quite sure I’ll learn many new stuff right here! Best of luck for the next!

  7. Awesome goals! I often set my goals in the fall since I’m a teacher (it’s more like a ‘new year’ to me). However, I do set a few in January.

  8. I love the idea of a mantra. I think mine is Run, Don’t Stop. I saw it at the Twin Cities Marathon/10 mile and it stuck :)

    As for goals/resolutions, I “do” them, but not quite as rigorously as I could – I’m a fan of the quarterly method because they’re more adjustable that way.

    Good job on your 2010 goals, lady!

  9. This post makes me so excited to set goals for next year! I love the fact that yours were so reasonable, and that you referred to them as goals rather than resolutions :)

  10. I love your goals and your approach to setting them. Here’s to a great year!

  11. You did great last year! One of my goals is to run my first marathon this year as well :) Definitely try to fit the yoga in- so many benefits and the perfect complement to running! Though you know that 😀

    Verrrrry interested to hear what your not public on the goals are 😉

  12. I was inspired by your goals so much that I linked to them on my post tonight. I need to work on mine over the next couple of days and post them on Friday.


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