Put one foot in front of the other

Goals2014_BannerIn the spirit of Frosty the Snowman … HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I can’t tell you how many times I watched the show the past month with my two-year old niece. She is hopelessly addicted to Frosty. That is all she wants to watch. Even when we try to get her onto another Christmas show she still demands Frosty. How can you say no to a cute two year old? You can’t. You just can’t. As much as you try, you can’t. She is the ruler of the house and what she demands is scripture.

I’ve tried to show her some of my favorite Christmas shows I grew up on, but it’s to no avail. She’s a Frosty disciple. She didn’t care much for the claymation classics of Rudolph, The Year Without a Santa Claus and my personal favorite Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town. It’s all about JUST Frosty. Which is sad, because nothing gets me more into the Christmas spirit and excited for the new year than Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town.

Nothing.

Well, maybe, Elf, A Christmas Story, National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, Home Alone and A Muppet Christmas Carol (notice that The Santa Clause didn’t make that list, I have very good reasons for that), but as far as when it comes to cartoons from my childhood, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town doesn’t compare to anything else. It’s the best.

One of my favorite parts of the movie is when Kris Kringle and Topper (I totally would name a pet penguin this) pass through the forest on the way home from delivering toys Sombertown and they happen across the evil Winter Warlock. After being capture Kris gives the Warlock a present which melts his icy heart and he becomes a new man. In turn it leads to one of my most favorite musical Christmas numbers known to mankind.

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I love this song for a number of reasons. For one, it’s a great illustration showing that you can change and that you do bit by bit, step by step. But, also that with each footstep and goal you can see changed progress. That was how I approached my journey. When I weighed over 400lbs. I knew it wasn’t going to be an overnight change to where I wanted to be. It was going to be a gradual change. I had to take it step by step and goal by goal. It’s been over four years now and I am in a much better place than I was back in 2009 because of that changed mentality.

I also love this song because I can relate to it with my running as well. I went from a non-runner to 5Ks to 10Ks to half marathons to marathons. I’ve done that with each footstep and new goal. When I ran my first marathon in 2012 I made 26 index cards for each mile I was running. Some cards had quotes, some had pictures, some had reminders of why I was doing this and others I gave out to close friends and family to write words of encouragement on. One of the cards that my mother gave me had the lyrics for this song on it. In fact it was on my mile three card and consequently I got this song stuck in my head for a good portion of my marathon. But, no matter what mile I read the card I’d still have to do the same, one foot after another.

So as I stare 2014 right in the face and reflect on my journey and reflect upon where my two feet have gone and carried me I look at what I want to accomplish in the new year. Last year I wanted to run a sub-2:10 half marathon. Nailed it. This year it’s sub-two or bust. I also want to focus on more than just my running. I want to share my story with a wider audience (this is one reason why I moved over to this blog) and I HAVE to finish writing my book. I have to! But, I have other goals of personal development that I want to accomplish and projects I’ve been meaning to work on dealing with family.

I think we all kind of have these same feelings to start off the first of the year. We have all these BIG plans and ideas and then we just kind of let them go or forget about them until December comes and we’re starting to plan our upcoming year. I’m totally guilty of this. That’s why I feel this year I need focus on the steps and not necessarily painting a big picture. I’ve got that big picture. I’ve got that goal. I am running 180 half or full marathons before 40. I’ve got 126 more races to go and about 7.5 years left. I also am writing a book that will allow me to share my story with many more people awaiting or needing that spark. So those are my bigger pictures. Now, I just to get there.

Time to do some walking, right?

After much thought I want to focus on five things for 2014. They focus on me, my running, my story, my family and future. I am writing them down in my bedroom and I am going to read them every morning so that they will be fresh on my mind. I don’t want to forget them come February 1st, I want to remember them well past December 31st of this year. But, I need to focus on each step as I go.

So, here are my 2014 goals …

  1. Run a sub-two half marathon by September. 
  2. Finish writing my book by my birthday in August.
  3. Compile a family cookbook with stories and recipes from my parents, Grandparents and Aunt by next Christmas. 
  4. Find a more stable and engaging line of work that will use the most of my talents and allow me to support a family by the end of the year.
  5. Run at least 21 half marathons to bring my race total to 75 by the end of the year.

I feel like these five goals will give me a good focus and direction. I plan on sharing them often on the blog so that I am held accountable, because I want to reach these goals come December 31, 2014. This upcoming year looks to be promising, I am really excited about what’s in store. There’s so much optimism for the new year that I can hardly wait to hit the pavement (literally and figuratively) and get to work.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY … er … Happy New Years Day!

So what are your 2014 goals? Any you care to share? 

What do you have going on today? Watching college football? Running? Waking up after noon?

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