Hello fellow humans! Today I want to talk about my fitness and “body-related” goals and how I am approaching them differently this year. I mentioned in a previous blog that I am not using the scale this year to measure my physical achievements. That change in progress tracking is part of a bigger mindset that I am using to approach my goals this year and I want to share them with you!
First things first. I changed my “why’s”. In the past, if we were being brutally honest with myself- the main reason I wanted to take on fitness specifically is: I did not like how I looked and I didn’t really love my body. Over the past year- while yes, toned abs and a big butt would be nice- I can genuinely say I don’t hate what I see when I look in the mirror. I see my squishy tummy and see a belly that kept my son safe and warm for 8 months. I look at my body with compassion and curiosity now rather than scrutiny and disgust. While this is probably the hardest step for me to recommend- changing the way you think about your body will affect the way you approach the gym.
So what are my why’s now? It used to be solely to change my body and a tad of wanting to add to my health. What changed?
- I want to be active, strong, and capable of playing with my son and our puppy. Mochi (our dog) needs and wants a lot of play time. I want to be able to take him for runs and play in the yard. Kai (my son) is turning one next month and already loves to adventure and play. He is already a big kid and I want to be able to pick him up and swing him around for as long as I can.
- I want to feel capable in my own body. My kids aren’t the only ones who want to adventure. I want to be able to run, climb, and feel sturdy in my own body. I want to do things with confidence that I am physically capable of completing them.
- I want to have a healthy and strong body as long as I can. Physical exercise is a great way to maintain that.
- Of course, I want to look a certain way. I have been on a very long weight loss journey and I would like my physical appearance to represent that. It would be nice if people could look at me and think “damn, that girl can squat.” It is lower on the list now. But I would be lying if having a fit body didn’t peak my interest.
- I get a break. I love being a mom, but sometimes I need a minute or two to myself. Being able to go to the gym is like killing three birds with one stone. I get to attend to my well-being physically and mentally. Kai gets to learn how to interact like a normal human amongst other children. And momma gets a break.
Now that I have a more well-rounded approach towards the gym- what are my goals for this year?
- I want to have the strongest legs possible. I don’t have any interest in getting punk-ripped by any means. But I would like to focus my strength training on my legs this year. (I am not going to neglect my arms/rest of my body- don’t worry.) But I think it would be cool to be able to lift a lot in a squat and maybe get a cute booty while I am at it. 🙂
- I would like to run a 5k this year. I don’t have the best cardiovascular strength and would love to train myself and my dog to run a 5k. I am training with my lovely cousin and I think it’s a fun way to improve my cardio training.
- I would like to be able to do a handstand and be able to do 37 pushups. A weirdly specific goal- but it is what it is.
- I would like to improve my flexibility. I have pretty good mobility, but I need to work on being able to have a full range of motion in my muscles to prevent injuries in the gym and life in general.
- I want to have fun. I want. to say “yes” to any physical activity that is offered to me. If someone asks me if I want to go kayaking, rock wall climbing, do yoga, etc- I am going to say yes. It will take me out of the gym sometimes and into fun adventures. So yes. Yes. Yes!
To summarize- this year I am approaching my goals with excitement, joy, and intentions rather than set numbers. I don’t have a goal weight- just a goal of capability. Whether I am 190lbs or 150lbs at the end of the year, but I am more physically capable than I started- then I was successful. Thank you for joining my blog today. What are some of your goals this year? Let me know in the comments below and with that- happy reading!
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