This time of the year is an excellent time to take inventory, reflect on what worked and what didn't work and make adjustments for the new year ahead. I can honestly say that 2013 was probably one of the best years of my life. I pushed myself and stepped outside my comfort-zone. I achieved things unimaginable like being able to inspire people by sharing my challenges, ups and downs.
Today, is day #1 for me and I feel like it is the first day of the rest of my life not just new year! I started my competition program today and I will execute with precision. In 2014, I will continue to follow my passion to BE and DO better no matter how incremental. I will hold myself accountable to ME. I will do a “pulse checks” often to ENSURE I’m on track. These are my 2014 fitness commitments to MYSELF and no one else.
January – May – train and compete in two fitness competitions
What: weight lifting/cardio
Goal: body fat reduction, muscle development/definition/toning, higher placement than 2013
June - October – train for half marathon
What: cross train cardio (spin, elliptical, running), weight lifting
Goal: run 5k, 10k, 20k and end with half marathon. Beat last year’s times on all races.
October – December – try something new like Insanity or P90X
Increase push and pull up numbers. Focus more on stretching/flexibility.
Complete monthly challenge calendars in the background of workout programs - push up challenge, burpee challenge, arm blaster, ab blaster, etc.
Now that I have a plan in hand with dates/times and goals, I just have to execute to the best of my ability. It is like following a blueprint to a better me.
How can you get and stay goal focused?
1. Don’t talk about what you want to do, do it.
2. Think about what you want to achieve making sure it is realistic and achievable.
3. Write it down. Start to visualize the outcome.
4. Sign up for it. Get it on your calendar. No turning back now!
5. Determine the goal of the outcome. Do you want to be faster, better, smarter, spiritual?
6. Be accountable to you. Your opinion is the only one that matters. Don't let yourself down.
7. Make it happen at all costs.
Last year, after my fitness competition I was in fantastic shape, but I was definitely burned out. It was nice to ALREADY know what I would be working toward AFTER the show and that it was totally different than what I had been doing the preceding months. I was able to maintain my weight loss by swiftly transitioning from contest prep to preparing for my races. In fact, when Shape magazine contacted me, it was months after my competition and had I not had a plan in place, I probably would not have been photo worthy. They called and 5 days later I had my photo shoot leaving no time for quick fixes!
It is good to have a plan to execute.