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What happens once you set your goal and you reach it. Maybe you set the bar to low or you reached quicker than you thought you would?
My last goal was to stay active during my break from class and through the holiday season. Yay for me!! I did it!!!
Setting a goal is not a one and done with fitness. It’s ever evolving. You don’t say, I’m going to start going to the gym – you go to the gym – and then you’re done. Although, I wish it was that easy. Because once your there – then what?
I always thought you had to know what your bigger picture is, but in all reality you don’t. When I started exercising, I would have laughed in your face if you told me I would be running in 5k’s, lifting heavy weights or trying to beat my spin class distance. Sometimes, goals can find you. And, even those goals can change. But what matters is you’re moving forward.
For me, it helps to know where I am at before I start a new goal. What level of fitness am I at? How far can I run right now? That gives me a starting point. Then I find ways to improve those areas.
Tomorrow, I start up with my FIT class after a four week break. It’s a perfect time to reflect on what didn’t work for me. What I expect from myself for the next four weeks. And, what I need to work on.
Looking Back at Your Goals
Evaluating what went well and what didn’t is a great place to start when starting a new goal. Ask yourself why? Why did I do so well? Why didn’t I do such and such? Is there something that would work better? But, also don’t be so hard on yourself.
My last four weeks in my eyes have been a success. I may not of done everything I set myself up to do, but I still did something!
Below is my own evaluation of how I did:
Increase my water intake.
I think I will constantly need to remind myself to drink more water. I am contemplating putting up drink more water signs!
- Bring a re-fillable water bottle to work to refill everyday. This will also help me to remember to water my plants!
- Drink a glass of water in the morning.
- Drink water with my dinner
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Increase my push-ups, sit-ups and planks
I planned on doing an at home workout, but I’m not good at maintaining it. I have to many excuses not to do it and no one to tell me hey – you didn’t do such and such! I did join a Facebook Challenge (see below) and this did get me working out at home!
I am slowly increasing my cardio workout and once these freezing temperatures go away, I am hoping to start running outside again. My goal was to be able to run a whole mile without walking. But, in all honesty, I have not followed a plan of any sort.
I have done more spinning than any other cardio since my break. I really find myself enjoying it!
Twelve Days of Christmas
Our trainer set up a workout called the 12 Days of Christmas. You start with exercise #1, then do exercise #2 and back to #1. Then, you do #3, 2 and 1. And so on, and so forth.
It was a comprehensive workout that was my favorite part during our break from class. I think I am actually going to miss doing this workout! I’m putting it in my back pocket!
I started a Facebook Burpees, Plank Push-up Challenge put on by Runningonhappy.com. I really love this challenge! It has been hard, but I have also seen an increase in how many and how long I can maintain them without feeling strained. Even if once I get into the higher numbers I tire out.
I have since learned of multiple other challenges on social media that I plan to take advantage of when this one is over. I love being part of a larger group working towards a goal. It give me confidence when I accomplish something, motivation when I have self-doubt and a sense of belonging. For ways to use social media to up your fitness game, click here.
I did so much better this time around from my class break. Writing down my goals, really helped me with staying accountable. Also, knowing what I was going to do when I got there made my gym time much more productive. Whether it was a cycling class, 12 days of Christmas or cardio.
I took my measurement and fitness assessment four weeks ago and I assume tomorrow we will be doing another reassessment. I am actually excited to find out where I am.
Setting Your New Goals
Once I get my assessment done, I will put together a goal and action plan together for the next 8 weeks. Subscribe to my page to see my evolving goals. Feel free to share yours!
Do you have any suggestions when starting a new fitness goal plan?