Now that 2012 is here, what to do want to achieve? Is it a certain number on the scale? A smaller pants size? Run a certain distance? Lift a higher amount of weight?
Personally, I like to set my goals very high and associate my goals with strength or endurance. Training for strength or endurance goals will keep you distracted from training for aesthetic reasons; which tend to lead to frustration and eventually burnout. There nothing wrong with desiring a good physique. But if that’s what drives you, what will you do when you reach your goal?
Maintain? The problem with “maintaining” is that there is no motivation to get up and work hard.
So, do you set an even lower weight or size goal? There will eventually be a point where you will be below your optimum weight for a good physique and you’ll look unhealthy.
DON’T LET NUMBERS ON A SCALE CONTROL YOU. DIET IS THE NUMBER ONE FACTOR IN CUTTING FAT, HIGH INTENSITY EXERCISE IS NUMBER TWO (which we do plenty of).
You are the only person responsible for what you eat. Discipline yourself and control your diet. You don’t need to follow any fad “diets” either. You’re an adult and you can use common sense to discern what you should eat. Change the way you eat and drink to be healthy for a lifetime, not a season. Remember, that a poor diet is simply counteracting all of your hard work. Healthy eating in conjunction with regular session attendance will ensure that FAT will be gone, not necessarily weight.
Now that excess fat is not an issue, set your sights elsewhere. Because if you attained the optimum weight for your physique, you’re now lost and you have outgrown your goal. However, you can never outgrow strength or endurance goals. There will always be a load you cannot overcome or a distance you cannot run. With this in mind, what do you want to achieve?
Be specific and make goals that are quantifiable. ”I want to be better at pullups” is not a goal. ”I want to be able to do 10 pullups” is a goal.
Once you know what you want to achieve, write it down. Either in a comment here, on the board in the garage, or somewhere else that you pass by frequently to keep you reminded.
With all of that said, here are my goals for 2012:
- Perform a Single Arm Pullup with each arm (this is a continuation from last year and a LONG term goal)
- Perform Standing Ab Wheel Rollouts (another continuation, but I’m very close)
- Burpee 5k (I’m ready to do it now, but the time needs to be right because I will be out of commission for awhile!)
- 100 lb Dumbbell Snatch with each arm (currently at 95 lb right arm, 90 lb left arm)