What are your goals for the new year? It’s that time of year when we reflect on 2016 and think about what we want to accomplish in 2017. Part of that goal setting inevitably includes physical goals. I’m no different. In fact, some of my physical goals are so good that they make it on the list every year, like to lose 20 pounds. That one should be written in permanent marker on my list, carried over every single year.
2016 was a fantastic year for me. I let go of some of the outside expectations and went after what I wanted, for the first time in my entire life. And I focused on having fun instead of losing that same pesky 20 pounds that I have been worried about for the past 5 years.
So for 2017 I am approaching my goal setting in a new light. I am worried about staying physically fit and healthy. That should always be a priority. And I do want to attend some races, something I usually do quite a bit, but I didn’t participate in any events in 2016. And although it is fun to do these events, the most fun I have had is when I have gone on these adventures with one or more of my kids.
Instead of setting goals for just myself for the new year, I am challenging myself in a different way. I want to set my goals around fun instead of numbers. I want to focus on learning new skills. I want to make more time for myself.
I’m doing away with setting goals based on weight loss, and concentrate more on participating in life. I like to show my kids that getting outdoors and being active is fun, and the best way to do that is to do these things together.
My challenge to you is to include your family in your new year goals. Maybe make a plan to go on a hike with our kids once a week. Maybe go on a family run. Pick out a 5K together with your spouse. Color runs, bubble runs, and mud runs are really fun for kids of all ages. I did a sprint length triathlon once with one of my daughters and it was a blast.
What new skill would you like to learn with your child, spouse, sister? These types of activities teach our children to love being active, being outside, and being together. And they help us to stay active and schedule fun into our weeks.
I haven’t been able to talk any of my kids into doing Ragnar with me, but I have every intention of trying to rope at least one of them into doing the Grand Teton Relay with myself and some of my friends this summer. And I might even take a rock climbing course with my youngest. The years go by quickly and 2017 will be no exception. Don’t let the year pass by you without enjoying it. Let’s make a plan now to make this our best year yet. How are you going to incorporate fun into your new year goals?