Happy 2017 everyone! I hate to say what everyone always says every year but ‘boy did the year go by fast.’ I hope you all had a great 2016. One of my big goals for 2016 was to start this blog. I did that but I feel like I didn’t put my best effort into it. That’s one of the reasons I was hesitant to start a blog in the first place. I didn’t want it to be one of those really interesting blogs you stumble upon where the last post was 3 years ago. I only wrote 7 posts in 2016 – despite having so many ideas. Ugh! Blogging is definitely a lot more work than I thought. I have new found respect for bloggers now.
But that’s what a new year is for right? Being better than last year. Setting new goals. Self improvement. Crowding the gym for one month.
Speaking of the gym, I, like many people have set plenty of health goals for 2017. I want to continue to eat healthy which to me means eating fewer animal products. More fruits and veggies. And drinking at least 60 ounces of water a day. Getting at least 7 hours of sleep each night. For these first 5 days of the year I’ve been doing pretty good on that front. Only 360 more days to go!
I also have a lot of fitness goals this year. I want to step up my CrossFit game. By that I mean push myself harder during the WODs, workout at least 3 times a week and put in work outside of the scheduled classes. Towards the end of the year I started staying after class ended and worked on some things on my own. And I actually noticed a big improvement in just a few weeks. I’m not trying to compete in the CrossFit games or anything but I want to see what my body is capable of.
Often in CrossFit or any fitness program, progress in measured in being able to lift heavier weight or decreasing your time on a run. But I like to measure my progress in other ways. One of the biggest things that gives CrossFit a bad rep is risk of injury and people using horrible form. I worked hard on my core strength this year which allowed for me to avoid injury and to see improvements in pull ups, push ups, handstand push ups and freestanding handstands. But I did have some great improvements in my weightlifting one rep maxes too. It is good to see those objective numbers sometimes too.
Here’s a video of me
failing practicing handstands. (I did not pick the music playing in the gym). I posted this on my personal IG page and got some good feedback from other CrossFitters on improving my technique. Please if you have any tips for mastering these let me know in the comments. I need all the help I can get. My goal is to be able to consistently hold handstands for 30 seconds. So far I’ve gotten up to 5 seconds.
Financially, I am aiming to cut my spending significantly and increase my savings this year. Sales and coupons will continue to be my two best friends. But I also want to cut out the unnecessary spending ie fewer Target runs and less eating out.
I saw a savings challenge where you save every $5 bill you get for the entire year. So far I’ve already saved $15! I will definitely post my total savings at the end of the year.
If this doesn’t sound good to you there’s also the 52 Week Challenge. With that challenge you save $1 for the number of the week it is. So first week of the year you save $1, second week $2, …, week 52 you save $52. In total you will have saved $1378. I tried it last year and stopped around week 13. It was difficult to have a set amount of cash on me every week. For me the $5 challenge is easier.
I am super excited to see what 2017 brings for me and Frugally Fit and Natural. I wish you all health, love and prosperity this year.
Did you make any New Year’s resolutions or goals this year?