Here's Why 2018 Will Be My Best Year Ever

Tell me I'm not the only one who actually still sits down with a pen and paper and writes out resolutions for the new year? I mean, I get it, there's all kinds of resolution-shaming going around: It's a waste of time... It sets you up for failure... But here's the thing: goal setting is my jam. As a part-overachiever, part-checklist fiend, I truly love daydreaming about what the next 365 are going to look like.

Sure, like many others, I'm guilty of letting a resolution or two slide each year, but I'd say I'm pretty darn good at staying true to my goals. And I attribute that to sitting down and setting this annual game-plan in stone (and I guess being a Type-A control freak doesn't hurt either...)

New Year's Fitness Resolutions

But here's the curveball: 2017 was the sh*t. I rocked 14 races and traveled for my first two destination races, collaborated with some of my dream brands like ASICS and Adidas, landed a huge modeling campaign for Matrix Sleep, brought some of my online friendships offline, ignited a newfound love for yoga, and met my new running buddy/puppy Pharaoh! How in the heck can I possibly top all of that next year?!

New Year's Fitness Resolutions

Well, here are 7 ways I'm going to take a stab at it:

1. I will complete my first triathlon. 

Yes, I've totally lost my marbles. I want to swim, bike, and run ridiculously long distances just for fun. Now I'm not saying I'm going to conquer an Ironman, or even a regular triathlon. But instead, I'm going to take baby steps into what I hope will be a new passion of mine. So in 2018, I'm going to tackle a sprint triathlon: 750-meter swim, 20k-bike ride and a 5k-run. And on that note, who wants to teach your girl how to doggie paddle?

2. I'm going to downward dog at least twice a week. 

I really dropped the ball when it came to dropping down into downward dog this fall. In fact, I'm embarrassed to admit that it's been about 5 months since I took a yoga class (...which explains why I have the hip flexors of an 80 yr-old man.) So next year, I'm taking my zen more seriously. I'm going to roll out my mat at least 3x a week, in hopes of improving my flexibility, correcting my running posture, and defying gravity for Instagram. 🙌

3. I will complete my 10th half-marathon in under 1h40m.

Last year I set a New Year's resolution of running 2 half-marathons and achieving a half-marathon PR of 1:46. And now I'm proud to say I blew that goal out of the water by conquering 3 half-marathons this year and earning a new personal best of 1:44! So for 2018, I'm raising the stakes once more: race 2 more to earn my 10th half-marathon completion and clock a PR of sub 1:40.

Medal Monday

4. I want to raise awareness for a worthy cause.

Every year I say I'm going to give back and come the end of the year, I end up just donating money to a cause. But next year, I actually want to use my blog and my social media platform to help make the world a better place. I don't know if it will be a fundraiser or hosting a fun run, but I'm going to get my creative juices flowing to think of a unique way to help those in need. Know of any awesome charities I should learn more about? Please comment them below!

5. I want to become a certified running coach.

You heard that right. I wanna go back to the books to learn more about the in's and out's of my favorite sport. I can already walk the walk, but I wanna learn how to talk the talk so that I can share my knowledge with y'all and possibly learn how to train others one day! I've scouted a few impressive programs online, but if y'all have any recommendations for courses, I'd love to hear them below.

6. I'm going to conquer ten pull-ups in a row.

Because what's more fun than showing all the fellas in the gym who's boss?

7. I will get my sweet tooth under control.

Many times, I've admitted that my relationship with sugar is a little, well, obsessive. So in 2018, I'm determined to tell sweet treats "it's not you, it's me." I'm going to bring my sugar intake back down to size with a 30-day detox and then continue to keep my sugar intake limited to 25g a day. Sugar has much worse effects than weight gain, such as heart disease and... dun... dun... dun... premature aging! Therefore, I want to nip this bad habit in the bud and regain control of my diet once and for all!

New Year's Fitness Resolutions

What fitness resolutions do y'all have for the new year? I wanna hear them below!

Images via SweatNetCLT.