Setting goals gives me a long term vision and short term motivation. Sounds like I know what I’m talking about, right? ha ha.
Seriously though. It focuses me in a way and helps me organize my time to make the most out of what Iâ€™m working towards. It needs to be challenging but achievable. I track my workouts whenever I do them and post my weekly workout schedule for the previous week on my blog each Monday morning.
Sometimes it’s tough. I always need to remember youâ€™re only one workout from a good mood. I cannot stress that enough. I’ve had a few hard days, and just heading into work out and finishing it up makes me in such a better mood. Working out also keeps me much more alert and I really do have much more energy when I work out throughout the week, than on those weeks where I skip.
It doesnâ€™t hurt that I have a boyfriend that works out (even more!) than I do â€“ so I almost get a sense of regret if I donâ€™t work out as often as I had planned. Seeing him strive, reach his goals through hard work really pushes me to be a better person in life. Stay motivated, and to stay on track.
I always like to keep up on my weekly fitness plan and say that Iâ€™ll go workout so many times per week, write down my workouts on my blog, so I can keep track of my workouts and what Iâ€™ve achieved that week.
I am not a professional athlete or anything, so I of course do it for the pure bliss I get from going to workout classes, or climbing.
It’s good to keep my goals realistic. For instance, instead of saying â€œI want to lose x-pounds by x-dateâ€ probably isnâ€™t the best way to go about it. Instead, start thinking more along the lines of â€œI will run 3 times this week for x-minutes, and next week Iâ€™ll run 4 times for longer x-minutes.â€
Goals that I have accomplished, which currently keeps me completely motivated is competing and doing well in climbing competitions.
This photo is a few years old since I haven’t been in a top-rop climbing competition and placing second in the Women’s division.Â I have to say, I felt like I crushed it that day. I remember it so well. In fact, this photo of me was published on the front page of my local newspaper back home in Newfoundland. The first place woman who beat me, had her hand better secured on the exact same hold as me. We fell in the same spot on the 2nd route we had to climb, because we both made it to the top of this crimpy route. Man. Just typing it makes my fingertipsÂ sweat!
However, I do have goals that I’m working towards getting better at my hand stand push ups, and to climb much more often than I’m doing now. I ended up taking the entire summer off. I think the last time I climbed was when I was with Stephanie. It seems way too long ago :( I’m actually thinking of recruiting some GTA bloggers to come out here and try indoor rock climbing. People like Morgan, Jess, Robyn, Angela, and Krysten! Wouldn’t that be fun!?
So, I’d love to know what some of your goals, or what goals you’ve already accomplished in your life time. Have you ever ran a marathon? Tell me about it in the comments, or share it on Under Armour’s What’s Beautiful contest for women.
Under Armour Women are encouraged to share their fitness journeys and receive free gear, and support from Under Armour along the way. Super exciting right? All ya gotta do it share some goals you’re working towards or already accomplished. So easy to enter!
The 10 women with the most awesome #WhatsBeautiful journeys will win a trip to Florida (omg I’ve never been) to the Under Armou Women’s Camp Sweat, where you will train with the BEST. AHH!!
I already know of a few people who should definitely enter. Leanne from Fresh Season, and definitely Jill from Bluegrass Belle. Whattta ya think ladies? You going to join in on the What’s Beautiful fun?
What’s BeautifulÂ entrants are eligible to win prizes. Contest is open to residents of Canada and the USA, however you have to be older than 13 to enter.