If you had asked me a few years ago I would have said that I don’t make New Years Resolutions. I would have said that I thought setting goals and resolutions is important all of the time, not just once a year.
However, now I do like the idea of setting new intention at the beginning of each year in addition to setting regular goals the rest of the year. I think my change of mind has been partially influenced by blogging. Every year I watch all of my blogger friends declare their New Years Resolutions. I also admit that my busy, adult life distracts me from my goals more often than I would like. Refocusing at the beginning of the year has been helpful for me.
Last week I was inspired by an outdoor adventurer I follow on Twitter (@1aurar0cks) who set a goal to hike 500 miles in 2014. I wanted to hike that much with Chester and Gretel too but I don’t think it’s reasonable. Considering I plan to also train for a 40-mile mountain bike race, getting out to hike that much will be very difficult. There were two options from there – to set a high goal and aspire to it knowing that I won’t get all the way or set a reasonable goal that I am relatively sure I can attain. I felt a little defeated lately because I’ve been setting lofty goals I did not reach so I went with the latter.
After doing the math, I figured we could do half of that – 250 miles. We would need to hike an average of 5 miles a week to meet that goal. Our average hikes are between 4 and 6 miles now. If we throw in some longer, 8 – 12 mile hikes and a couple of overnighters, we should be able to meet our goal even if we skip some weeks here and there.
So that is my big New Years Resolution for me and the dogs. I am not totally letting us off easy though. I do have a few smaller goals. Some of my other goals are:
- Walk at least 30 minutes 5 days a week. This is something I am always working on. I have secretly gotten a head start on this goal and have been walking more days of the week than not for the last couple of months. Hopefully the pattern is established now so I will just need to stick with it and bump it up a bit.
- Create a doggie-human gym downstairs. It will be really more of a place to store all of our health and workout equipment, such as my inversion table,my weights, the DogTread Small Dog Treadmill, the K9FITbone and my stretching equipment, but I will be using the space to work out since that is where the workout stuff will be located.
- Train Gretel to jump through a hoop. I don’t think this one will be very long. Gretel loves to jump and has no fear. I would admit the height of the biggest ledge she has jumped off of (NOT by my choice) to demonstrate but I would probably lose my Dachshund-owners licence.
I am also shooting for doing more small things to improve our heath. We are going to kicck off the new year with PetsMove’s Mutt-a-thon and Virtual Human and Canine Exercise and Health Expo. As Mutt-a-thon participants, Chester, Gretel and I will complete 30 minutes or more of vigorous exercise on January 4th at 9 AM and then log our activity on the PetsMove.org site. Apparently that will make us eligible for some “great prizes”. I don’t know what they are yet but I like surprises.
Do you make New Years Resolutions? Do you have any for you and your pet?