January Goals

As I mentioned on January 1st, I’ll be posting on the first Saturday of the month to share with you my goals for the month.


Before I can hit my 2015 goals, I need to break things down a little bit. Thus, the need for monthly goals to chase after. Here are the running related goals for this month.

Run 1000 Miles

So, I have a goal of running 1,000 miles for 2015. I won’t get all of those miles in January. For this month, my goal is to complete all my running workouts for the month. For now, I’m not going to worry about February, March, April, etc. I’ve just got to focus on each week as it comes. If I hit every run, as scheduled, I will finish January with 96.4 miles. That’s two goals in one!

  • Complete all my running workouts as scheduled for the month
  • Run 96.4 Miles

Loose 96 lbs

The next 2015 goal I want to break down is this goal of loosing 96 lbs. I would have to do some pretty insane and dangerous things to lose all 96 lbs. in January. My goal for January? Loose 8 lbs. That may not sound like a lot. However, it’s 2 lbs. a week. I weighed 248.8 lbs. on January 1st. So, the goal is to weigh 240.8 lbs. when I run the Surf City USA Half Marathon on February 1st.


To aide in losing the weight and other running goals, I need to get back to the gym. I really wanted to have some sort of 30 day challenge to put into this slot along with the gym workouts. However, I haven’t found something that I want to do right now. So, for January, the goal is to get to the gym 4 times in January. I’m going to stick with what I know at the gym for this month. So, my workouts will involved the following:

  • 27 minutes on the elliptical machine
  • 100 Crunches on the Ab Crunch Machine
  • 100 reps on the Leg Press
  • 45 assisted Chin Ups
  • 45 assisted Dips
  • 2 miles per workout on the treadmill
    • For the first two workouts – I’ll walk 0.25 miles/run 0.25 miles and repeat until I get to two miles complete
    • For workouts three and four – I’ll walk 0.25 miles/run 0.50 miles and repeat twice. Then, I’ll finish by running intervals of 1 minuet run/1 minute walk.

No Pop

Next goal is to focus on taking the soda out of my life again. I went off the rails after the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon. For January, here’s the plan…

  • Beginning Monday, January 5th, I’ll limit myself to 1 soda per day for two weeks.
  • Beginning Monday, January, 19th, I’ll limit myself to 1 soda every other day for two weeks.


Next goal is to reduce the calories I’m taking in by using books like the above to fill out my menu’s for the week. I’m sure that the Star Wars Half Marathon will not be the best weekend for my eating. However, I can do things to limit my losses that weekend.


I know that this isn’t related to physical fitness. However, it is related to things that are good for our soul. So, on January 1st, Brooke and I started going through The Purpose Driven Life again. Last year, my walk with God took a real beating. So, I’m hoping to get the year started off with something that is a little regulated. There are 40 days worth of readings in this book. Therefore, this will allow me to continue through into February. I want to hit all 40 days without a miss. So, for January, I want to read the first 31 days without a miss!

New Testament

One of the Goals I did not mention in my 2015 Goals was to read through the entire New Testament in one year. I’ve got a reading plan where they send me what I need to read each and every day to make it work. So, the goal for January is to read from the New Testament every day without a miss.


Hopefully, by month’s end, I’ll be able to say “I Did It” to all of these goals! Here’s to getting 2015 off to a great start.

4 thoughts on “January Goals

  1. That is a great idea bud! Write it down and commit to it. Break off a little piece to solve the entire puzzle. Also, as a fellow believer in Jesus Christ, I’m sonorous to see your Biblical goals. I too took a step backward last year. I read the NEw a Testament last year, but it was just a check in the box. So I challenge you to make sure you get more out of it than a check like I did. This year I am breaking it up in small pieces. I am starting with the Minor Propets of the Old Testament for the month of January. Each month will be a different section to focus on. I can’t wait to see your results on Feb. 1st. Good luck to much success!

    1. Thanks for the advice David! I’ve done the “read through the entire Bible in a year” plan a couple times before. So, choosing the New Testament in a year, is breaking it up for me! However, I feel ya’ on reading just to check off the box that I did it. There is some similarity in reading the scriptures to marathon training. There is some of that doing it just to check off the box and some of “Wow! That’s so cool!” in doing it. Discipline is not easy stuff. It requires doing things even though you think you get nothing out of it. You find that, if you hang in long enough, the cool feelings will come back. I’m off to a great start for January. However, we’re just a few days into it. Good luck in your studies of the scriptures as well.

  2. Thanks for your recent posts. I fell off the running wagon after a very disappointing Wine & Dine Half Marathon. It was cold and rainy and I just felt off the entire night. Resulted in finishing 30 minutes slower than I had anticipated and that was my last run of the year.

    Your goals have inspired me to get back on my horse and create my own goals similar to yours. I look forward to following your progress. Best of luck!

    1. I know all too well the sting of a bad race. It sucks the life out of motivation to continue on. However, bad runs will happen. But, all bad runs lead to some pretty good ones. Keep fighting through the lull. I posted something on setting goals in the next to last week of the year. It was a re-blog of sorts from Michael Hyatt. He has some great advice on setting goals. I’d highly recommend finding that post. (I think it was a week or so ago.) Good luck to you with your goals. Lace them shoes up and get back out there!

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