Day 29 (2nd June 2014): Set Goals, Reach Goals, Repeat

I’ve talked a lot about reassessing and making changes when you aren’t getting the results you desire. If you are on your journey with a personal trainer, then I hope they are constantly discussing progress, and making adjustments along the way. But if you are on this mission alone (meaning only that you aren’t paying someone, or training with a gym buddy, or being accountable to someone) then there are a few things I would like to share with you to make that journey a little more productive.

1) Decide on your “prize” – everyone’s prize will be different of course. Is it a personal best you are training toward? Being able to do JUST 1 push up on your toes? (that was me 4 years ago) Feeling your best? Changing your body composition? You need to know what your “prize” is – one of my favourite quotes states:

“How can you hit a target you cannot see?”

And it’s true. If you don’t know what your destination is, how will you know when you get there? Now, in life, it’s not always important to know where you are going, but in health and fitness, it certainly is. Knowing your “prize” will help you stay focused, it will help you set goals, and you can be sure you will know when you arrive there on the podium to collect it.

2) Keep your eyes on the “prize”. For you this may mean fitness testing or body composition testing fortnightly to assess progress and help keep you in check. It might mean setting goals every morning to get through the day on track. It might mean trying on that pair of jeans you want to fit into (once a week) to see the changes in your body. Noticing that zip a little closer to doing up! Decide how often you need to “check in” to see whether you are on track, and make it a habit to do so.

3) Be prepared to admit where you went wrong. Ah, the old admitting you were wrong. No one likes to do it, but when it comes to this particular journey, not admitting where you went wrong will keep you further from success. I would recommend logging your training sessions (to track your weights, perhaps your running times), as well as keeping a dietary record (like I have been throughout this blogging journey). That way you can look back on yesterday, or last week in order to set your goals for tomorrow, or next week. If you can’t look back on your day, or week and pin point your areas of weakness, or unrealistic scheduling, then how will you be better prepared for tomorrow, or next week? Do you require better organisation, someone to be accountable to, or just a bit more effort on your part?

4) Ask for help! I’m not sure which is harder to do…admit you were wrong or ask for help? Both may dent the ego but if you have the balls to do either, you are stronger than most! If you don’t feel that you have the personal strength or motivation to set off on this journey on your own, ask for help. It may be a loved one, a family member or friend – ask them to keep you in check. Having a friend join you at the gym, or cringe beside you at bootcamp keeps you accountable (you are more likely to turn up if someone else is relying on you, because we seem to put more importance on loyalty, and pleasing others than we do on our own well being!). Or find a personal trainer in your area (or better, have someone refer you to a trainer they know) to help you on your journey. This isn’t a journey you have to embark on by yourself.

At the end of the day, you are responsible for your own happiness. No one else has the ability to change your life. They can certainly guide you in the right direction, but you must find it within yourself to identify the areas in your life you want to change, and have the strength within to ask for help if you don’t know how to do that on your own. Set goals including a specific time frame, constantly keep yourself in check in order to re-evaluate or set new goals, and when you reach those goals…be sure to set new ones.

Dietary record for day 29:

Brunch: bacon, eggs and sautéed kale, long black with cream

Snacks: 2 handfuls mixed nuts, mandarin, smoothie (banana, 1 teaspoon peanut butter, cacao powder, 1 scoop protein, 1 cup milk)

Dinner: 2 x Sweet potato fritters (grated sweet potato mixed with egg) with tuna mornay and broccoli

TRAINING: NONE

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