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January Reboot: Goal-setting, resolutions, and lifestyle changes

Happy New Year! If you’re reading this, then that means you survived 2020 – Level 1 – now, proceed through the checkpoint to Level 2 (2021). Now that week one is behind us, I want to talk a little bit about looking ahead in 2021. I know, looking ahead might seem silly because the world feels stuck in one place right now (a dark, scary place) but it’s still important to move yourself forward. How was your holiday? Do anything special? Socially distanced and safe, of course.

Fortunately, my company closes for the holidays straight through the new year so I had tons of time to just do nothing. My holiday break was relatively relaxing, aside from some socially distanced family drama, but what are the holidays if not dramatic? I spent a lot of time playing videogames with a friend on the PlayStation. I had never played any games through the PSN and now that I have, I find it so exciting! First was Fall Guys, then Fortnite (who knew this was such a fun game?), Minecraft, and most recently, Strange Brigade. We chatted through discord, since I don’t have a headset appropriate for the PlayStation and we often played for hours. I had no clue how much fun I would have playing Fortnite, and it’s definitely more fun to play with a friend; although, you can play solo rounds.

Aside from relaxing, I also had free time to work on goal planning for 2021. January is always my time to renew the promises that I made to myself during the year, as well as a time to work on small steps towards greater long-term goals/dreams. I had a goal setting one-on-one meeting with someone whom I see as a mentor and role model — Emily Abbate. In case you have never heard of her, she hosts the podcast, Hurdle, is a multi-marathon runner, and generally a badass woman! Check her out! Emily talks a lot about setting SMART goals. If you don’t already know what SMART goals are, then I’ll tell you. She says that they are Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic, and Time-bound. She and I spoke via Zoom and we discussed some plans or ideas that I have for this year, but especially for January and she reminded me of something super important when thinking about goal-setting:

“A dream written down with a date becomes a goal. A goal written down in steps becomes a plan. A plan put into action makes dreams come true.”

For Q1 in 2021, I have five big (SMART) goals:

  • Find a new apartment in New Haven by March 15
  • Run 5K in 45 minutes on March 27
  • Lose 20 lbs by March 31
  • Read 10 books by March 31
  • Create content plan for vlog for April 1 launch
New Apartment by MarchRun 5K in 45 minLose 20 lbs by March 31Read 10 booksCreate Vlog content plan
Work on paying back credit card purchasesGarmin training planIncrease daily water intakeRead one new book each weekDecide what topics I want to tackle
Save $2000 by March from paycheckIncrease run times by 10% each sessionWorkout 3-4x/weekPlan monthly reading listWhat is my why?
Track spendingPractice running outdoorsTrack food and exercise in myfitnesspalDon’t be afraid to DNF a bookFind vloggers, in my same space, that I admire.
Utilize budgetCount caloriesAsk questions
Search through listingsWatch macrosTake a course on video editing
The steps I will take to reach these goals

The first week of January is discovery week. I make notes, scrap those notes, make new ones, and figure out what works. It takes 21 days to create new habits and 90 days to turn those habits into your lifestyle so it’s really important that you target the most important ones, not too many at first. It’s really important not to overwhelm yourself when you first decide to introduce new behaviors into your day-to-day life. Last week, my focus was on tracking all of my food/water intake in MyFitnessPal.

Currently, I am 272.8 lbs and I am hoping to reach 252 (250, ideally) in the next 76 days. Because I took such a pause in working out and tracking anything, I am basically starting over in terms of caloric intake and appropriate macro levels. Some people are going to come back and say that I am promoting bad diet culture habits, but truly, I’m not. I’m doing these things for myself and only sharing everything so that I create a clear picture of how I am moving forward in my weight loss journey. I would never tell someone to do exactly as I am doing. Do what works for you. I need to lose weight, and what I have done in the past didn’t work, so here we are! Diets are only bad if you make them that way. You have to create and grow healthy relationships with the idea of dieting and exercising. Like, for me, exercise is never a punishment. It’s always something I want to do and if I don’t feel like doing it one day, then I don’t. As Marie Kondo says, “Keep only what brings you joy.” In this instance, do the things that bring joy!

Sorry for that tangent, but I felt the need to address this before the messages and comments roll into the inbox, haha! It’s week 2, a new week, in my new plan, and I am excited to be here! So, now I’ll hand the mic to someone else. What promises did you make for yourself? What’s plan to keep them? I’d love to hear some of them!

Remember – do what brings you joy, be kind to yourself, respect others.


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