New Year, New You – Resolutions for the New Year

While planning a lesson on goal setting for my 8th graders this past year, I came across this video about New Years Resolutions. New Years Resolution VideoBefore watching this video, I was always a “fake” goal-oriented person. I always pretended to set goals, or I thought about them, but I never really outlined them or stuck to them.

This video explained the psychology behind setting a goal, specifically a  “New Years Resolution”. So I showed my health class this video, and had them write goal/New Years Resolution.

The next day, we finished the term and I was free — off to enjoy winter break! A few days before New Years Eve, I started seeing the #2016in2016 movement appear on twitter. This goal is to run 2016 miles in 2016… Impressive! I wanted to do it! But I asked my calculator … I mean husband 🙂 how many miles per day that was, and he told me 6 and change $ . I can run 6 miles on a good day, but I knew that 6 miles a day everyday is far stretched for my body!

So I got back to the drawing board. What could my goal be? What could be as cool as #2016in2016?unnamedFinally, I had it, I could ride 2016 miles in 2016! Thats about 100 x 20 mile rides … MUCH more manageable for me. So I set it! And to go one step farther, I set a goal to run 216 miles in 2016 🙂 That may not seem like a lot, but I am more of a boot-camper/weightlifter/groupX junkie, so both of these goal are out of my comfort zone. bike-cycle-run-race-aloysius-patrimonio

Here is how the first week(s) went:


Friday, January 1st – 1 hour boot camp with colleagues

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Saturday, January 2nd – 1 hour spin class (first 20 miles)

+ 10″ hair donation 🙂 ❤ 🙂 #locksoflove

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Sunday, January 3rd – 1 hour boot camp

Monday, January 4th – 1 hour spin class @ 5:45am (20 miles – feeling strong#nevermissamonday

Tuesday, January 5th – Weight lifting (total body)

Wednesday, January 6th – REST DAY 🙂

Thursday, January 7th – TRX (total body) & 1 mile run

Friday, January 8th – 1 hour spin class @ 5:45am (18 miles – tired…but completed!)

Saturday, January 9th – 1 hour spin class (20 miles – PACKED CLASS! WHOOO)

Sunday, January 10th – 1 hour boot camp

Monday, January 11th -1 hour spin class @ 5:45am (20 miles! I am SOOO happy I did not keep hitting “snooze”)

Total Miles Biked = 98 (1918 to go) * Total Miles Ran = 1 (215 to go)


Weekday Breakfast =

  • 1 hard boiled egg
  • 1c. generic all-bran cereal
  • 1c. almond milk

Weekday Lunch =

  • Loaded salad with greens, peppers 1c. diced chicken, 1/4 c. black beans/chickpeas, salt & pepper, balsamic vinegar and 1 Tbsp pesto
  • 1-2c fruit (honey dew, grapes, granny smith apples, etc.)
  • 1 prepackaged plain FF greek yogurt

Weekday Dinners =

  • Chicken Chili
  • Thai Curry Chicken over green beans
  • Dal over barley and Chana Masala
  • Whole wheat pasta and green beans with Trader Joe’s Turkey Meatballs and spaghetti sauce
  • Homemade whole wheat pita pizza (with ricotta cheese and turkey pepperoni)

Weekend Breakfasts (post workout)= 

  • 2 egg whites & 1 whole egg sunny-side-up with 1 Tbsp ricotta cheese and 1 Tbsp sugar-free ketchup


Snacks =

  • Granny smith apple w/1 Tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 c. all-bran cereal with 1 c. milk
  • 2 c. popcorn
  • 1 c. plain FF greek yogurt


Heres to another week of my favorite mantra – “Never miss a Monday” ❤



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