the 2012 goals.

by Mindy @ Just A One Girl Revolution on January 1, 2012

in Goals and Challenges

A couple days ago, I looked back at my 2011 goals.  Today, I start off 2012 looking at the year ahead.  I don’t make resolutions, because let’s face it, resolutions (especially those of the New Year’s variety) are doomed for failure.  Goals though, I like having those.  They feel more tangible, more real.

Last year, I had eleven goals since it was twenty eleven.  It was a fun idea, but it was too much.  This year, I have only five goals.  I say only five, but I know that is still a lot.  They’re pretty lofty for this year, so I’m quite content with keeping the list small(ish).

run the river bank run 25k in under three hours.

My current PR at the 15.5 mile distance is 3:21:04.  After struggling to cross the finish line at all in 2011, I really want to make a strong comeback this year.  In all honesty, I really shouldn’t have run it at all last year.  I was coming off an injury, under trained, and completely discouraged.  While my baseline goal is simply to PR, I would love, love, love to finish in under 3 hours (an 11:36 pace).  The official training plan the race coordinators release started on December 1, but with the holiday craziness (and the fact that an almost six month training plan felt too long), I haven’t been seriously running.  Today, training begins.

finish the grand rapids marathon.  

Just finish.  I’m not worried about a goal time/pace.  This will mark my first (and potentially only) marathon, so I’ll be elated and thrilled and over the moon excited to simply cross the finish line.  All that being said, as the actual race day gets closer, some kind of time goal will get thrown out to the running gods.  I like having something in mind.  But, mid-October is a long time from now and I have another big race to focus on in the meantime. But at the end of the day, simply to call myself a marathoner (!!!) will be success all on its own.

weight loss.  This is one where I struggle.  First, I debated if I wanted this to be a goal at all.  I really have not made any progress on this front.  Well, I do for awhile, then I get lazy and some of the weight finds its way back.  Sometimes, I feel like a broken record on this front.  Yet, I think with a smaller number of goals overall this year, I could really made progress – I just need to really focus for many months, not a few weeks.

I might not be the girl I was anymore…

…but I’d be lying if I said I was content with where I’m at.  So, for one more year, weight loss is a goal.

Once I decided that weight loss should indeed be a part of my list, then came the question of how much?  A part of me wants to achieve my way back when this whole journey started in 2006 goal of 133 (a total loss of 100 pounds).  At the same time, I don’t know if that’s even a realistic number for me.  For this year, I would be thrilled to get back to my lowest point in my weight loss journey thus far, 148 – plus, a few more pounds to reach 145 which is a “healthy” weight for my height based on BMI.  I reached 148 in March 2009 and haven’t seen it since.  If it’s more than that, awesomesauce.

read 100 books.  I love reading.  I always have and probably always will.  In 2011, I read more than 70 books.  In 2012, I’m going to shoot for a big number of 100!  Keep track of the books I read this year on my Goodreads page!

save, save, and save some more.  My finances are going to be my other huge focus for the year.  I am working on saving for a car (mine is getting to its last legs). I’m close to having enough for a DSLR camera, although I may end up putting that money in the car fund.  After diligently tracking my spending for the year, I’ve developed what I hope will be a great budget that will allow me to do well with building up my savings.  Now, sticking to it is the challenge!  I have numbers in mind for where I’d like to be by the end of the year, but those I’m keeping to myself.

word of the year:  epic.  I loved Tina‘s idea for a word of the year – so I stole borrowed it!  As such, 2012 shall be epic.  Perhaps a completely overused word at this point, but I don’t care.  I still love it.


Do epic shit, indeed.  2011 was, overall, an amazing year.  In 2012, I want to make the most of every day and a year from now, look back on how epic the past 366 (it’s a leap year!) days were.  I want to make this a great year, one full of memories and adventures that I’ll remember for a lifetime.  You know, carpe diem and all that jazz.

Day one.  Bring it on 2012, I’m ready and waiting with open arms.

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Jeannette January 9, 2012 at 6:03 pm

I think that your goals are great 🙂 I have been following your blog now for a few weeks and I have to say that I am impressed with your weight loss success. I think that if you aren’t content with your weight go for it and get out there and grab it. Any goal is attainable if you already know that you can do it! I bet that you will make if it is something that you really work and are willing to get a hold of. Go and get your 100 pound weight loss the only person stopping you is you.


mindy @ just a one girl revolution. January 9, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Hi Jeannette! Thanks for commenting and for the encouragement! I’m really excited to make this the year I finally reach my goal! 🙂


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