If you’re my friend on Facebook you’ll know that I baked, and ate, quite a few biscochitos for Christmas. And I loved them. And now it’s the new year, and I’m on the cusp of 50. Where do I go from here?

The end of the year is a very busy time for a lot of businesses, including the newspaper business. My schedule got chaotic and the holidays brought family and feasting. Not so much working out, unless you count some shoveling out from the big snowstorm.

I’m at the point that I have so often found myself, of having to get back to the plan. But since this is a natural time of change for me as a new empty nester, I’m going to take another look at my plan.

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One thing jumped out at me. If I am going to enter the Torrance County 50+ Games in just a few short months, I had better start training for that asap. So starting this week, I need one workout a week that is centered on running. I also still need to decide which events I want to compete in, and stuff like that.

I also want at least one trip to the gym for weight training a week. I’ve gotten into a nice routine with going weekly pretty regularly with my daughter, and I’d love to go twice a week. Lifting weights is fun and the gym I go to, Family Fitness in Edgewood, is convenient to my office. They have a shower. I have no excuses.

I really really want to make it to yoga class once a week at Terra Yoga in Moriarty. She offers two classes six days a week! I have to pick a day and just make it work. I simply must make that commitment to myself. When I do yoga, I feel stronger and more flexible. It helps me balance better. It is fun. It’s affordable. And for whatever ridiculous reason I haven’t been in ages.

I’ve been thinking about getting a punch card for Stone Age Climbing Gym. It is so much fun I can’t even stand how much fun it is. It makes me want to write silly excited sentences with not enough punctuation. Fun fun fun! I don’t get into Albuquerque that often, because usually I prefer to stay on this side of the mountain, but it has been worth the trip every time I have gone. Ladies night once a month is ten bucks, and really is probably the most likely way I’ll continue with Stone Age, at least for now. And since I can only climb the baby-est of walls, there’s nowhere to go but up.

There are a bunch of classes around here that just intimidate the hell out of me and I need to get over it and give them a shot. There’s a thing called Insanity! Need I say more? I’m assured that you can do it at any fitness level but I’m just scared of it. Ugh, comfort zone, blah blah blah. I just need to pick a date, put it in my calendar, and go give it a try.

This year I’d really like to weave some yard work into my fitness routine, and have a garden this coming summer. It’s something I used to really enjoy but haven’t done for a few years. It would be a great way to get some physical activity in, be outside in the sunshine, provide myself with the highest possible quality food—it’s win, win, win. I need to schedule it in on a regular basis, even if it’s only once a week.

The other part of my planning for the new year is to get back to the data, particularly about my diet. Somewhere near the beginning of December, I put my Fitbit down somewhere. I still don’t know where, but I still have a few days before January starts. Wish me luck. Knowing what I was eating in nutritional terms was very helpful and I want that information again.

I feel strong and ready for these ambitious plans. Maybe it’s the half-century birthday: I’m not making “New Year’s Resolutions,” but plans. I know how to implement plans and meet deadlines. So 2016 here I come.

The flip side of that starry-eyed dream is the reality of my always-shall-we-say-exciting schedule. Yee. Haw. So far my health and fitness planning has been fairly loose, and I’ve enjoyed having it that way. But to make big, lasting changes, it’s time to ramp up the effort, and the only way that’s going to happen for me is if I plan it out in a detailed manner. Then when something throws me off track, I just return to the plan. That’s the plan, anyway.

Are you setting fitness goals for the new year? I’d love to hear about them. Contact me at leota@lobo.net or 505-286-1212, or join the conversation on Facebook in my group, “I’m Losing It!”

Leota Harriman
Leota Harriman

Leota started working for The Independent in 2006, working her way up through the ranks. An employee buyout in 2010 led to her ownership of the newspaper. Leota has served on the board of the N.M. Press Association, and is currently its First Vice President. She is passionate about health and wellness, especially mental health, and loves making art. She can be reached at news.ind.editor@gmail.com.