Twenty Thirteen


It’s the post you’ve all been waiting for! Ok, maybe not, because I think every person in the fitness blog universe is writing a New Year’s Resolution post today… But oh well.

I will spare you the full reflection on 2012, because if you’ve been reading this blog for any time at all, you know how I feel about the way my life has changed through CrossFit. It has changed and improved dramatically in ways I couldn’t have anticipated, and I think that in the future I will regard 2012 as one of the more transformational years of my life.

I also am not going to re-visit my Fall 2012 Health & Fitness Goals too exhaustively except to say this: I still have not gotten that strict pull-up. (And if you want to see the full list of what I did and did not accomplish, you can check it out here)

I have struggled a little bit with writing my goals for 2013. Do I write out an itemized list like I did for my Fall goals? Or do I make larger, more conceptual goals? How important is it to always stick with having “Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely” (aka “SMART”… is my Outward Bound internship showing?) Goals? Should I come up with a Mission Statement (that would be my inner Student Council nerd shining through)? Well, here is my compromise. And by “compromise,” I mean that I did all of the above.

My 2013 Mission Statement:

“To pursue that, and only that, which makes my body, mind, spirit, and relationships stronger and healthier.”

My intention in creating that mission statement is to have a benchmark with which I can measure all of my decisions. If I’m not sure about something, my goal is to always ask myself, “How does this make me and my relationships stronger and healthier?” In addition, in 2013 I will re-focus on getting to the mountains and being active outside of CrossFit, because lately that has not happened so much, and it’s a little depressing.

Winter 2013 Health & Fitness Goals
To be completed by April 1, 2013

  1. Complete at least 3 WODs every week
  2. Spend the first 8 weeks of the year eating strict Zone/Paleo 6 days a week
  3. Oh yeah, in November I signed up for a half marathon on April 7th… so… train for that
  5. 1 strict ring dip
  6. 80 linked Double Unders (current PR is 60)
  7. 1k row in under 4:45 (no clue what my current PR is, somewhere around 5:00)
  8. 150# back squat (current PR is 135#)
  9. 125# front squat (current PR is 110#)
  10. Try at least 1 new paleo recipe each week

So there you have it. That wasn’t so bad, was it?

What are some of your goals for 2013?

  • Jennifer Hudy

    You totally can rock those goals! I’m excited to hear about this half marathon thing.. I’m considering one in October.. but don’t want to publicize it too much yet lol. It’s half price if I sign up this week.. so it’s very tempting.. but very scary..
    And YOU WILL GET THAT PULLUP!! Seriously. Just do it. Don’t think about it.. that’s how I got mine.. well that, and my boyfriend said he’d pay me $100 for each one I could do on my birthday.. little bit of incentive there.
    Anyway, great list!! Keep inspiring me!! :)

    • clairechapman

      Haha yeah that is a pretty nice incentive to get a pull-up! I’m close… I’m sure if I keep working at it, one day I will hop up on the bar and it will just happen. At least that’s what I’m hoping… And I am really not that psyched about the half marathon, to be honest. I am not really a runner but I was suckered into it by a friend and the promise of pink spandex… I mean who could resist? But I am planning on adding one short run and one long run every week into my normal 3-4 WOD schedule and see how it goes!


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