Do you find yourself starting a new year with a laundry list of unfinished goals from 2017? Or, are you winding down 2017 accomplished and ready to take on a new set of goals for 2018? Whichever the case, this is the year for you. Put all of the doubts about how you’ll go about things, and just get moving with what is important to you.
I tend to put my flight attendant job first, before personal goals, as it’s my main source of income. There’s plenty of time in there for other things. This year’s list includes a few chores such as painting the foyer, hiring a tile guy for my residence, and on a fitness level, I’m challenging myself to few new things. I’m checking out fall bikini fitness competitions for which one to enter and it’s going to be a fun challenge. I’m not immune to the struggles with keeping weight off with my love of food, and last fall certainly was a blast. Kicking off 2017 football season and seeing my hometown team, the @jaguars make it to the playoffs has been a blast, too. Even if they don’t win in NE tomorrow, they overcame adversity & put the naysayers aside. I do not know their training, but one thing is for certain, having Coughlin back at Everbank has been the equivalent to being homeless and winning the power ball millions. Seeing my hometown stoked about wearing teal and animal prints again has been the bomb.
In the past, and for many years, I’ve taken to running races all over the country. 2017 was very rewarding as I was selected to be in a nationwide campaign to represent Brooks Running company (@brooksrunning). I thoroughly enjoyed my job of promoting their brand. It was employment and vocational nirvana. It was something I wasn’t paid multi millions for, but was paid, and had worked so hard over the years to get. I was 1 out of a nationwide 60,000 . The Delta Dusters running team showed at the Onward Shay races in Boise, sporting the Brooks brand and running in their shoes, as well. I was also at the Runner’s World race weekend in PA. Both races were in October. Teammates in Boise included Noel Reagan, Alix Benoit, Dave Hodge, Dijana Laurentz and myself. We ran relay in the marathon and really enjoyed the fall weather. Dave clocked a radical pace and made an earlier flight home to his daughter, and Alix had blown into Boise from work literally hours before race start and kicked us off. Dijana was a riot getting a consultation from the chiropractors pre-race and Noel was just an angel taking my picture as I crossed the finish line. My only regrets in the planning of this race for the team were to allow more time for getting back to the east coast and also for getting a better location for my team on accommodations. We were renting a nice house, but it was located near sorority row. With Halloween weekend, their mouths were louder than a pack of loud hyena’s and they were waking up the entire street. (I was refunded a night’s stay after I complained to the site that rented the house). Also, weather was hitting NYC too, the same weekend, and forced an early departure of myself and two others who had to be at work. This upset one teammate that didn’t need to be at work as soon. No harm done, and we still had a ball, and left our mark in Boise in fabulous fashion meeting George Hirsch pre-race and getting pics. It was no easy task finding or meeting George. The Onward Shay race was founded by George to commemorate his wife Shay and his family was there, too. I took notice of it after an editorial written by David Willey in Runner’s World Magazine (David is former editor-in-chief of the magazine). George is the chairman of the NYRR (the New York Road Runners) and has the energy of someone half his age, or younger. Also, I met a man in his 90’s with similar energy to that of George at the start of the relay and he did a 5K every weekend. Can you imagine running a 5K in your 90’s? Just fabulous. I don’t want to slow down, and hope to have the same energy either in running or at work doing something at 90 (If I’m still kicking at 90, I’ll be retired, but still working out). I didn’t get to see Amby Burfoot, but tried, and other race elites such as Frank Shorter or Bill Rodgers didn’t make it back over in 2017 as they were there in 2016. All in all, it was a fabulous close to a fall chapter tainted with my favorite running shoe, the fabulous Adrenalines. With all of the endeavors, I’m lucky to have had such dedicated team support and support of my employer. I have a good time at work, and did at the race, and my team did, too. I hope they make it back to Boise soon. Keith Hughes, event coordinator for the race, does a great job in helping with the event.
2018 is the year for you:
- PLAN : My best advice in facing a new goal is to set the wheels in motion and line up the ducks. For myself, I’ve done a touch of research on contests and am getting my tools in order for more structure. I’m looking forward to next fall, and my new goals are in other areas of fitness. I’ll be doing heavier cross training and trying to maintain muscle without getting bony. I’ve taken interest in the book “The Cut”, by Morris Chestnut and Obi Obadike and look forward to better eating with some fun food and beers in there on occasion. The hardest part to this equation will be the time zone shift and planning, maybe it’ll be easy. We’ll see.
- LAUGH: No matter what you do, be sure you’re laughing. Make your goals fun and enjoy them. Keep people on your side closest to you, and keep the rivals at arm’s length. No sense in being close buds with the dude or chick that wants to see you fail, or that take the time to directly or indirectly insult you. Life is too short for that. Professionally, or personally, I stay away from the assholes stealing my ideas and claiming that they are theirs, or taking the time to place an insult. It’s just that simple. I’m better off and laugh everyday.
- REMINISCE: Bring up an old memory with your family or your best friends. It’s guaranteed to get a laugh. I’m occasionally asked if I was influenced at all in fitness by a parent while growing up. Yes. My Dad was into lifting weights and a typical Saturday as a kid was playing in the basement with my brother, while my Dad was across the room on his weight bench doing a bench press, or curls. Seventies rock was on the home stereo, usually Boston’s “More Than Feeling” or something of that nature. My mom was never into working out, and would go to the hairdresser on Saturday mornings while Dad lifted weights and we played. I still listen to Boston, and back then I was probably one of few kids in the neighborhood that knew all the words to Boston songs. Interestingly enough, I got a personal record and 1st place age division placement in a 5K listening to a continuous reel of “Smokin'” by Boston. That was in 2011 at McKenzie’s Run, Jacksonville, Florida. Music has been positive for me over the years. To this day, I’ve never understood why my mom never liked exercise, but she just has never warmed up to it. Dad hung up fitness and bought a motorcycle around age 40 and in his retirement now at 77 still isn’t interested in getting back to it. My mom still likes listening to what I do in the gym, but still won’t do it. All this carried on as when I was married, I used to workout with my family. Two of the 4 kids around the most took interest in my running or fitness and I paced the youngest to an 8 minute mile for a requirement set by her coach in order to start on her softball team. (She did the work, but ran with me on occasion while I kept the pace.).
- JAM- Obviously in fitness I have to recommend tunes. I’m not a professional coach, but will say that there are days when I don’t want to workout and by downloading a new song, it just got a whole lot easier.
I hope you make at least one of your goals happen this year and thanks for stopping by my blog:-). I have fab memories from October and glad you took the time to read about them. Work hard, laugh harder I say, and may you all have an easy time getting ahead.