My goals for 2016 were a mixed bag of success and failure. Here's my recap.
2016 Goal: Lose at least 10% of my body weight. Lose at least one clothing size (preferably two), and buy ski pants that fit.
RESULT: TOTAL FAILURE on this one. I lost weight for about 4 months; was plateaued for about 4 months; then weight started creeping back up. Eventually my doctor determined my thyroid levels were wrong, and I am now taking the correct dosage of medicine. It takes a while to get the thyroid adjusted, but I am starting to turn the corner into a better direction.
2016 Goal: Increase hiking distance and speed WITHOUT injuring myself (hey, I'm old and arthritic, I have to be careful). By August, my goal is to be able to regularly hike 7-9 miles, and occasionally hike 11+ miles.
* SUCCESS! I did this!
2016 GOAL: I want to increase my average hiking pace, and add elevation gain. By August, I want to hike up Tam McArthur Rim, Black Butte, and to Moraine Lake (1500 - 2000 ft elevation gain). In September, I hope to be able to climb Black Crater, Golden Lake, or Mt Bachelor (2500 - 3000 ft elevation gain).
*PROGRESS! I made it up to Tam McArthur Rim, Black Butte, and Moraine Lake! (I did not make it up the higher elevation peaks. I had health issues in September/October and am grateful that I was able to hike at all)
2016 GOAL: For pace, by next Christmas, I want be able to keep up with my very speedy hiking sister. Hiking season in our mountains usually starts in late March to April - right now is a great time for skis and snow shoes. In April, I will start hiking with friends that hike at a faster pace. I have about 5 hiking friends that are slightly faster than I; and two that are MUCH faster than my current pace. I will also try hiking with a faster hiking club. I'll try at least 2 hikes with them: one more level, and one in the mountains with elevation gain.
*SUCCESS! I am faster, particularly on more or less level trails. I did better at keeping up with my speedy sister this Christmas, even on the hills (but I think she may have slowed her pace for me). I hiked regularly with faster friends last year, and hiked with a faster hiking club. I am not very fast on mountains, but I AM doing better.
2016 GOAL: I will do a minimum of 2 strength sessions per week, and 2 yoga sessions per week. For my purposes, classes and at home exercises both count toward the minimum weekly sessions. I will track these on my calendar.
*IMPROVEMENT. I mostly achieved this goal. I got a huge setback with the massive poison oak outbreak in Sept/Oct and medication issues, and I am having to regain fitness. I can do better in 2017, but I am going to be kind to myself when facing health issues.
2016 GOAL: I will be more diligent in following the NoS diet principles (no sugar; no snacks; no seconds, with weekend/holiday exceptions). I will incorporate some the strategies from In Defense of Food (eat real food, not too much, mostly plants). I will track my progress on this healthy diet goal by using my childhood Sunday school reward: a shiny gold star on my calendar!
*IMPROVEMENT! I stopped using the gold star, but I mostly ate healthier. Did I lose weight? At first yes; but not when my thyroid levels dropped. Do I feel better (more energy, better skin, more stamina)? YES
Odd as it may seem, I am MOST proud that in 2016, I persevered with healthier habits, even when I was not seeing results on the scale.