January 2008! You know what that means. It is time to make some resolutions for the new year.
It is not a bad thing to set goals for the new year. I am fully for this tradition. I think it only becomes a negative thing when they are impossible to complete and end up making you feel bad about yourself.
Here are my three resolutions for the new year (there are others):
Lose 50 pounds. This may sound like a lot of weight but it is a reasonable amount for weight loss this year. Actually losing this weight is necessary so my doctor will no longer hate me. When excess weight starts to affect your health there is nothing to do besides lose the weight. I have reached the point where I must lose the weight.
Complete a 5k. Running three miles is not a terribly difficult feat, but it is harder when you are overweight and out of shape. I would like to start running 5k races for multiple causes, so once I lose weight and get in shape I will start doing this. This goal will be completed probably in the first half of the year. This goal and the next are both just fun ways to accomplish the first goal. They give me a better chance at losing that evil extra weight.
Complete a triathlon. This goal has always been in the back of my mind and only recently had any possibility of success. My friend Meredith is a hardcore triathlete/marathon runner and has encouraged me to pursue this goal offering her knowledge, encouragement, and guidance. Hopefully this will all translate into a completed triathlon sometime this year.
Figure out the next step. This is a transitional time in my life and I have no idea what I will be doing this time next year. Or in 6 months. Soon I will graduate from university and hit the job market. Hopefully in the next few months I will be hit over the head with what I should do next. And a new wardrobe because my first three goals will require one.