I have to admit that 2013 was a lousy year for me healthwise. I not only had issues with several failed pregnancies, but my health was so messed up for a while that I ended up losing several months of work. Needless to say, sticking to a new workout routine wasn't a top priority for me.
Honestly, it isn't a top priority for me this year either. That's not to say I don't plan to work out more now that my underlying health issue is being addressed. I simply have other goals in mind, some bigger and some smaller. So losing X number of pounds or pushing myself back into my old aggressive 8-mile-per-day routine just aren't how I want to focus my efforts.
Instead, these are my primary health and fitness goals for 2014:
- Carry a pregnancy to term. Now that I have a better idea of what was wrong, we're hoping we can deal with it and begin a successful pregnancy within the next several months.
- Get a treadmill. I start work at an ungodly hour and I prefer working out first thing in the morning. That makes indoor workouts a must. And I enjoy treadmills for the most part. My hope is that it will help me ease back into a regular workout routine without doing anything too ambitious that might harm a pregnancy (as any pregnancy I have will likely be high-risk).
- Cut soda out of my diet. I used to skip the sugary drinks altogether but this past year I've gone back to drinking them regularly. That has to stop, but I'm not going cold turkey. It's something I want to transition away from slowly so I'm less likely to go back to that bad habit.
- Cut back on dairy consumption. I have no intention of going dairy-free, but I currently rely too heavily on it. I want to cut that back by about half, making it less of a staple around here.
- Cut back on processed foods. We don't have many grocery options particularly close to us. Almost everything is about a 20 minute drive. That makes it difficult to get fresh ingredients all the time, so we tend to keep frozen meals around for days when we need something uncomplicated. We'll likely still do that. I just want to move towards a goal of making our own make-ahead meals for the freezer so we aren't relying on processed things with all of their extra sodium, fat, and sugar quite as often.
What are your health and fitness goals for 2014? Are you focusing on smaller changes or grander plans?