An unnatural-born runner, a pretty regular yoga doer and a lover of cookies and other sweet treats, Times digital producer Laura Lane writes about her fitness journey. Questions, training tips or race suggestions? Throw her a line on email or Twitter.

So what fitness resolutions have I gotten a head start on? Here’s a closer look:

  1. Run at least a mile a day. Every single day. I actually started this resolution as a challenge for myself in November. I failed, sadly, due to a pretty nasty cold that finally took me out Thanksgiving weekend. I mean, I ditched a race — the Pumpkin Plod 10K in Highland — because I felt so terrible. But before that cold finally forced me call it quits, I ran at least a mile a day for 26 days straight. I started back at the mile a day challenge on Nov. 28, so I’m in the midst of a 10-day streak now. I plan to keep it going through all of 2017.
  2. Do at least a half hour of yoga. Every single day. This is another challenge I made for myself in November. Actually, now that I think about it, I’m fairly certain it was a resolution I made at the beginning of the year, but then I kind of just didn’t do it until I got a refreshed sense of motivation in November. But, like my running streak in November, I failed at this as well due to that pesky cold. But I’m back at it with another 10-day streak. I’m telling you, 2017 will finally be the year I re-master the splits and finally nail crow pose.
  3. Clean up my diet. Well, finish cleaning it up. I really did start eating quite a bit healthier in 2016. I also started drinking a lot more water. Now my next goal is to finally quit my sugar addiction. I’m not going cold turkey, but I am trying to cut back substantially. Basically, instead of eating plates of holiday cookies and an extra slice of pie, I’ve been trying to munch on fruit instead. Fruits like berries, pomegranates, apples and kiwis. Yum!
  4. Do five pull-ups. In a row. This might be a bit ambitious for me, considering I have gone my entire 28-year life without doing a single pull-up. It truly was a glorious existence, even if my gym teachers in grade school would shake their heads at me as I opted for a “fail” on the pull-up portion of those presidential fitness test things. But now that I’ve been regularly weight-training with the boyfriend since October, I want to push myself to finally master the art of the pull-up. And I will.
  5. Run a half marathon in 2 ½ hours or less. For real this time. This was a goal I strived for in 2016, but I didn’t get there simply because I didn’t train as well as I could have and should have. But, 2 ½ hour finish time, I’m coming for you. And this time I will get you, regardless of whether it’s during the Chicago Spring Half Marathon in May or the Chicago Half Marathon in September. I will PR in 2017. I’m hoping that running at least a mile a day helps to keep me motivated.

I don’t remember where exactly I heard this quote, but I think it’s applicable when it comes to New Year’s resolutions: “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing — that’s why we recommend it daily.”

Hopefully this blog post helps you get a kick-start on your resolutions for 2017!

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