Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2009 - What am I going to do with it?

In keeping with my post on potential, here are my specific New Year's intentions for 2009.

1. Do what I say I am going to do.

Very often I find myself saying I'm going to do things with full intention of actually following through with it, and then I just don't! This year, if I say I'm going to do something, I am going to do it. This also means I am really going to have to think about what I say am going to do.

2. Live up to my potential for 2009.

See my last post.

Here are some more specifics, just in case you wanted to know:

Triathlon Goals

1. Race the 2009 Musselman Half-Ironman Triathlon on July 19, 2009.
that's a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and a 13.1 mile run. 70.3 miles total

2. Run a marathon in under four hours.

3. Be consistent and thoughtful with my training, including using a heart rate monitor.

4. See my abs.

Health Goals

1. Eat healthy, whole food, avoid processed food and limit sugar.

2. Take a multi-vitamin, calcium and Vitamin C supplements.

3. Floss regularly.

4. See my abs.

Family Goals

1. Have more fun and be more silly with my kids.

2. Go camping.

3. Have more fun and be more silly with my husband.

4. Keep my house cleaner.

5. Remember what is important and let the other things go.

6. See my abs.

Life Goals

1. Read the entire Bible.

2. Avoid gossip, including the gossip from other people's mouths.

3. Write thank you cards.

4. See my abs.

It seems like a lot when I write it all down, but all of it really falls under the first two. I'll keep you posted on my progress,

and I will definitely take a picture when I can see my abs!!!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008


Po-ten-tial [ pə ténshəl ] (noun): the capacity to develop, succeed or achieve

When I began thinking about New Year's Intentions, (I long ago gave up calling them resolutions--intentions are so much more doable) at first I started making my list as usual. You know, lose ten pounds, eat healthy, become more fit, be a better mother, practice my flute more...the list goes on. As I looked at the things on my list, I realized almost all of them had to do with me achieving my potential. Becoming the very best me I can be. Wow, that is some kind of intention!

I think I have always been trying to do this. What is the driving force behind this quest for excellence? I have to admit it sometimes wears me down, but I think what wears me down is knowing I could have done something a little bit better, put a little more effort in, been more involved. What if I took a year and tried my very best to be my very best? What would it take? Would I be happy if I did it?

I have really been thinking about applying this in the most important aspects of my life: my life as a Christian, my life as a mommy, my life as a wife, and my life as a triathlete. Of course there are specifics, and those will follow in another post. Ulitmately, I want to be able to say that I did my very best, that I achieved my full potential for this year, 2009. This is my New Year's intention.