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2015 New Year’s Resolutions, Events and Challenges

It’s that time of year again.  A time to sit back and reflect on last year’s New Year’s Resolutions, compare what you kept – or not, and make a new list – (sometimes with the same few things that make the list every year).

If you met all of your goals for last year, you can stop reading this now and give yourself a great big pat on the back!  Good for you!  Otherwise, read on for some of my insight.

I personally have saved my Resolutions (and Results) for some time to see if I have made any progress over the years.  Here’s a sample of how I did with 4 of them:

Examples of My Resolutions from 2011:

1)  2011:  Improve on guitar.  (That year’s feedback:  EPIC FAIL – re-do needed).  Sadly, this one will be added again for 2015.   I need to either learn how to play the guitar this year, or sell my acoustic and permanently get it off “my list”.

2)  2011:  Improve cycling skills and goals.  (That year’s feedback:  Better – new bike, volunteer with bike group in community – step it up).  This one has come a long way, but will stay because I can always continue to improve in this area – need to make it more specific though – Ride my first Century in 2015!

3)  2011:  Lose 20 – 30 lbs.  (That year’s feedback:  Lost 24 lbs – great!  Keep it up!).  This one will be added again for 2015.  My weight has always fluctuated and I’ve never found my perfect place.  I need to get this taken care of once and for all so I can change it on my list to say “maintain my healthy weight”.

4)  2011:  Stop smoking!  (Yes, my deep, dark secret.  I was a smoker “in my previous life”.  I failed to quit in 2011 and again in 2012, but I was able to permanently remove this from my list on April 1st, 2013.  That was the day I moved to Colorado and quit smoking - before I crossed the Kansas state line.  That’s what I’m talking about!).  So as you can see, some of them are worth trying again, and again, and again until you get it right and can take it off your list. 

So, what happened?  Why were some successful and others not?  After all, it only takes 21 days to change a habit, right?  A quick Google search will show you the information on this varies depending on the resource.    

Several articles referred to the 21 day myth which started when Dr. Maxwell Maltz, a plastic surgeon who later became a psychologist, published the book “Psycho-cybernetics” in the 1960’s.  According to Maltz, his observations concluded it took patients about 21 days to get used to their “new” faces or body parts - or even missing limbs in amputee situations. Therefore, he concluded, it must take 21 days to change a habit.  This theory took off and continues to be quoted by numerous sources to this day.  However, you will now also see articles which claim it can take 20 minutes to 254 days to change a habit.  So, which is it?

Well, does it really matter?  My theory is simple:  you won’t make a change if you never try.  You won’t stick to the new change(s) if you discourage yourself by hanging onto a “magic timeframe”; which in fact may lead to putting a guilt trip on yourself allowing you to give up altogether.   Obviously, I’m not claiming to have a perfect success rate (as you can see based off of my old/new resolutions), but I’m going to keep trying!

So, here are some Events and Challenges you can put on your list of Resolutions to look forward to and help keep you active in the year 2015:

1)  New Year’s Day:  Chilly Pepper Rides 2015 (click for flyer):  It’s Back!  This is the 2nd year for the Chilly Pepper Rides in Pueblo.  2 FREE bicycle ride options: A fun cruiser ride, or a 20-mile route including a hill climb to Red Gate and back. (The 20 mile route is available on www.mapmyride under Chilly Pepper Ride 2015). Meet at Swimming Pool Parking Lot at City Park at 9:00 am. Rides start at 9:15 am. There will be a chance to socialize and treat yourself to a late breakfast or early lunch or drink afterwards.  (The picture with this article was from last year’s Chilly Pepper Ride).

2)  Walking Challenge – (you can start on Jan 1st):  100 miles by St Patrick's Day, walk anywhere, even on a treadmill, before St. Patrick’s Day.  Goal 100 miles – that’s 1.32 miles a day if you start on Jan 1st.  Tracking available on Endomondo website or the related Smart Phone app. 

3)  Runing Challenge – (you can start on Jan 1st)2015 miles run in 2015, can be done solo, with a partner or a team of three.  Tracking and prizes available.   

4)  Take 5 Challenge:  It's a simple concept to Get Pueblo Moving!  Whether you like to walk or bike, there's always time to apply the Take 5 concept.  For instance:

  • Take a 5 minute walk / ride
  • Take 5 more minutes each day to walk / ride further
  • Take 5 friends with you on a walk / ride
  • Take 5 laps around the block or park
  • Take a 5 mile walk / ride
  • ....You get the picture!

Enter your results on the Tracker to show progress and be eligible for prizes!

5)  Spring Run Off –   Start Training!  Pueblo's largest race with over a thousand participants, 37th year includes a 5 km walk, 5 km run, 10 km run?  10 mile run plus a free 1.1 mile fun run for kids K-8.  Sunday, March 1st at Dutch Clark stadium.

6)  Ordinary Mortals Triathlon -  Pueblo's only triathlon, a fun super sprint reverse order triathlon at CSU-Pueblo on Sat, May 9th.  Adults race first in the morning at 9 am and then the Mini Mortals youth triathlon for 5-15 year olds is at 11:50 am.  This is a great first timer and experienced course for triathletes!

7)  National Bike Challenge 2015:  Join other Pueblo County cyclists as they compete nationwide to ride the most miles from May – September!  EVERY mile counts.  The practice month starts in April.  Check out 2014 Results where Pueblo came in 12th in the Nation based on per capita riding!

Keep your eyes open for more announcements of community walks, Cruiser Rides and other fun activities to Get Pueblo Moving on our Events Calendar page at activepueblo.net!

Have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve and see you next year!

Walk and Roll,

Stephanie

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