Year-end check in: Did I achieve my 2015 goals?

The start of my consistent yoga practice this January

The start of my consistent yoga practice this January

In January of this year, I shared three goals I hoped to achieve by December 31, 2015: master some variation of the scorpion pose and hold it for 10 seconds, grow my client base at Koru Personal Training, and get a consistent meditation practice going.

Before I get into how I did this year, I’m kicking myself now for not adding GET INTO THE BOSTON MARATHON as one of my 2015 goals. Although I achieved my 2014 goal of qualifying in October last year, I missed getting in by 1 minute and 25 seconds. Not that it was in my control, but you better believe I’m going to be much more specific with my 2016 goals (more on those to come next week).

So how did I do this year?

1. Master some variation of the scorpion pose and hold it for 10 seconds – Although I started off 2015 by joining a yoga studio and going to a vinyasa yoga class or practicing at home at least once a week, that kind of dropped off after I had surgery in March and couldn’t do yoga for a month due to the location of the incision. I started incorporating yoga into strength training, but haven’t been practicing as consistently as I’d like thanks to some hardcore marathon training going on right now.

Here’s where I was at in December 2014:

And here’s where I was at in June:

And here’s where I’m at now:

So would I say it’s a success? Not really. Though I’ve come a long way since December of last year, so that’s something to be proud of at least. Progress, not perfection… right?

GOAL ACHIEVED?: Not quite. Try again!

2. Grow my client base at Koru Personal Training – Thanks to my client, friend and fellow ultrarunner Lindsey Millar (a triathlon coach who connected with me after reading my Squamish 50K recap), I had the opportunity to speak at several TriStars Training group clinic nights and promote my services. Since December, most of my clients have found my through TriStars, family or friends — I grew my client base up to 18 from six since last year, including two people I coach online on a consistent basis and one long-term in-person client. When I started my business, it was more to help support my fitness writing than to be a personal trainer — but since I’ve started working with clients and seeing their progress, the more I love it and the more fulfilling it is for me. A year ago I never thought I’d have my own business, let alone coach 18 clients within the first year.

Although I didn’t end up signing up for the nutrition certification course in March (I couldn’t afford it at the time), I will look at it again next year or perhaps another certification or continuing education program to help support my training and my clients.

GOAL ACHIEVED?: Yes!

3. Get a consistent meditation practice going – I was actually doing pretty good at this one until that horrible situation in March. After a hiatus over the summer I’m back at it now with the help of the Calm app. I have a two-month streak going where I’ve been able to sit for at least three minutes a day, though ideally I sit for 10-15 minutes. I’ve noticed a HUGE difference in my anxiety levels since meditating consistently, so I know this is something I definitely need to do on an ongoing basis.

GOAL ACHIEVED?: Yes!

Overall, I’d say the year went okay goal-wise. I’ll do a year-in-review post as well as publish my 2016 goals over the coming weeks.

Did you set goals for this year? How did you do with them?

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