Kelly the Culinarian: Looking Ahead: 12 Goals for 2012

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Looking Ahead: 12 Goals for 2012

The past year has been amazing. I've worked hard to reach my goals, both professionally and otherwise, but I know I can do more. Because of all I've gained, I'm positive there is more out there for me. I've carefully picked my 2012 goals to fit into my long-term set of goals, which I'll be posting about later. Most people have the urge to change like 400 things about themselves in a single act. It's a tendency I have to fight, so I've narrowed my targets to fit into the matrix of my schedule, constraints, etc.

Here are my goals for 2012:
In 2012, you will be mine.
1. Run my first marathon. My friend Rachael and I have been cooking this one up since we went to Kentucky for the Big Hit Half Marathon. After careful consideration, we will both finish our first marathon on Sept. 16, 2012 at the Fox Valley Marathon. We've already set up a training schedule and are going to kick ass.

2. Complete my first triathlon. Because the marathon is the big goal for the year, I chose a sprint triathlon that wouldn't interfere with my training program. I will be participating the Tower Triathlon on May 20, 2012.

3. Set a personal record for the 5K. I haven't run a 5K since 2010, the first race I ever did. After the marathon, I plan to commit to a 5K and work to crush my previous time of 33 minutes.

Will I look like this if I finish a tri?
4. Volunteer at a race. I'd like to see the other side of a race.

5. Take a swim class. I plan to make triathlons a part of my life, so I want to get it right.

6. Try vegetarianism for one month. I don't eat a ton of meat already, and I'd like to try giving up meat for one month and see how I feel. First, I'd have to clean out the freezer of meat, so this goal may have to wait a while.

7. Read a few books. Stay well-rounded by reading cookbooks, memoirs, training books and pop lit.

8. Achieve my goal weight of 124 pounds by March 31. I've been chasing this weight since July of 2010 and am about five pounds away. Seriously, I can lose five pounds. I just need to commit and make it happen.

9. Try one new recipe per month. It's easy to get caught up in routine otherwise.

10. Send out holiday cards. This winter, I received a mailbox full of cute, heartfelt cards. I feel like less of an adult because I can't seem to get this together. I haven't purchase stamps in at least one year, so that should tell you how often I send cards.

11. Grow the Fort2Base Race Ambassador program. For the 2012 race, I'd like to have 10 active, excited ambassadors. Interested? E-mail me at

12. Save more money. This is a less concrete goal than the others simply because it's a continual goal. I was fortunate enough to grow up in a frugal house and I love reading frugal living blogs and books.

Edited 1/20/12: Seems like some lofty goals, right? Find out where all these goals are going.


Kim said...

Awesome goals! I am excited to see which recipes you try. Especially the vegetarian ones.

And I have heard great things about Fox Valley!

Maggie W said...

Good luck on all of your goals! And good luck with marathon training!! So fun that we're both training for our first marathon at pretty much the same time :)

Anonymous said...

I love this list!

I am planning on volunteering for the Chicago Marathon this year! I've also volunteered for a couple smaller races, and it's so much fun!

Good luck with all your goals! They're great ones!