It’s the beginning of a new year & know what that means... it’s GO(al) time! ✅
While the 1st step to achieving anything in life is always going to be setting a goal, you will NEVER achieve that goal without a set plan on how to get there. For those of you who are setting goals revolved around health & fitness, having a set plan when it comes to your nutrition is going to be a 🔑KEY🔑component to your success!
Food plays a MAJOR part in the health of your body & without proper nutrition your goals aren’t going to be sustainable. Personally, I use On The Mark Meals to prep my food each week because it cuts out any “choice” for me to eat poorly & I still know what’s going into my body (plus they taste BOMB😋). This also allows me to meet my nutrition goals without over or under-eating AKA it gives me a set PLAN on how to achieve my nutrition goals.
So what are you looking to get out of 2018? & what is your plan of attack to get you there?
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If you have already read My Story or just in general know anything about the past year of my life you would know that 2017 was one of the most challenging and growth-filled years of my life. To keep things brief, this time last year I was overly focused on the things I had recently lost in my life; family members, significant other, close friends, self-confidence, and my faith.
I remember so distinctively coming home from Christmas at my parents’ house, to a very empty apartment that felt 1000x lonelier than ever before. I felt empty and stagnant with my life... But in that same moment, I decided that feeling wasn’t good enough for me. I was not the unmotivated person I had let myself slip into being. SO, what did I do? I told myself to get out of my own head & start after something new, something that would give me a purpose,… the GYM.
I had been to the gym on & off over the past few months but nothing consistent at all (I’m talking once or twice every 2 weeks & then being “too sore” to go back again for days on end… mean while stuffing my face with cookies). I didn’t know a lot, besides what I had learned here and there through my random “gym phases” throughout my life, but I knew one thing:
I wanted to be strong (mentally & physically).
I also knew that strength was not the same thing as “skinny,” and strength did not mean counting every single calorie I ate… Strength meant learning to properly lift weights, to have a positive relationship with food, and not to need a number on a scale to define my happiness.
So I challenged myself to 12 weeks. Twelve weeks of finding a true routine in the gym. Twelve weeks without stepping on a scale. Twelve weeks without counting a single calorie, but instead focusing on eating a balanced and healthy diet (aka: I didn’t fully cut out the cookies, I only ate them in moderation).
When I first decided on this “12 week goal to health,” all I wanted more than anything was to prove to MYSELF that I could do this, that I could actually stick to a healthy and fitness based life style for more than just a few days or weeks. This wasn’t about anyone else… this was about ME regaining the purpose for myself that I had lost and I REFUSED to let myself quit this goal… 12 weeks, that’s all I was focused on.
And you know what? I started back in the gym, I found what worked for me (lifting & fitness classes), I focused on loving the healthy food I was eating & not looking at food as “good or bad,” & I stopped looking for scale victories… because I was damned if some random number was going to define my hard work and personal victories. The more I got out of my own head and into a positive outlook on health and fitness, the more the weeks seemed to fly by… 1 week, to 4 weeks, to 9 weeks… to finally hitting my goal... 12 weeks.
I was damn proud of myself... I wanted more than anything to just hit 12 weeks, and now, 12 weeks was only a small stepping stone to a much longer process filled with new goals I wanted to achieve.
12 weeks? I was focused on 12 more and another 12 beyond that. Those 12 weeks changed my life. When I stopped focusing on what I had lost and started focusing on everything I had the ability to gain, EVERYTHING CHANGED. I wasn’t just physically growing stronger, but mentally I became a completely different person… someone who actually LOVED (& still loves) them self.
Now, here I am exactly one year later ready to take on an entirely new set of goals that I NEVER EVER would of thought possible this time last year (competing in a fitness competition, starting a blog, positively pushing health and fitness through social media... say what?!), but I'm ready and I know if I genuinely put my mind to it, no matter how hard it gets, I can achieve it.
The same goes for you! ANYTHING you want to get out of life you can make happen. I don't care if you want to run a marathon but have never ran a day in your life, if you want to compete in a body building competition but have never picked up a weight, if you want to change your eating habits but can't remember the last time you ate a "healthy" meal... I seriously do not care WHAT it is, I just know that if you put your heart and mind towards that goal, give yourself a set plan on how to achieve it, and truly work at it... you CAN and you WILL make it happen.
12 weeks changed my life &, if you want bad enough, 12 weeks can change yours too.
I know for a lot of people, especially women, I have spoken with about fitness chose not to try new things, especially when it comes to weight training, because of an intimidation factor on the weight room floor, also known as gymtimidation. But, as a female who lifts daily, I’m telling you to GET PAST THIS!
I understand that for anyone trying to get back into a gym routine, or starting one for the first time, you need to get comfortable with your exercises. However, don’t confused finding your comfort level with being scared to push yourself and try new things just because you are intimidated by other people in the gym or what they may think! Seriously, I know we get it wrapped in our heads that people may be watching or “judging” us, but, 9 out of 10 times, they aren’t!
Everyone is in the gym trying to push themselves to meet new goals. Meaning the gym should be a supportive environment, filled with people who want to see others succeed. So who cares if you’ve never tried a specific exercise or never even lifted a barbell before, get in there and try it out! I promise you that the only person who actually cares about what you’re doing is YOU. Everyone else is focused on their own workouts, and isn’t at all worried about what you are doing (& if for whatever crazy reason they are, then that is their problem, NOT yours).
Also, do NOT be scared to ask for help!
When it comes to learning new exercises you always want to ensure that you’re performing the movement with proper form, in order to prevent any kind of injury from occurring. One of the best ways to prevent this is by asking someone for help! Every gym you go to should have a trainer standing by that will be more than willing to teach you proper form on an exercise. Don’t be scared to ask them!
Or, if you see someone doing an exercise you haven’t seen before or have wanted to try it out, ask them about it! Like I said before, everyone is in the gym to succeed, so there is no reason everyone should be anything but nice to others in that environment. Yes everyone has their headphones in and is zoned out, but most people are going to be more than willing to be quickly interrupted in order help someone who asks them, so stop being “gymtimidated” and just ask them!
Your fitness journey should be yours and yours alone. Stop caring about what other people might think about you. You want to lift heavy weights? Pick them up! You want to wear spandex shorts? Rock those shorts. You want to take a gym selfie? Flex those muscles!
Be PROUD of who you are, every new goal you set to achieve, and the process you’ve been on to get to meet those milestones… no one else matters in these situations but YOU! Lose this “gymtimidation” mentality (seriously, 99% of the time people aren’t even paying attention to you in the slightest, it’s all a mental game we’ve built in our own heads). Focus on your goals, get yourself on that weight floor and put in work, because you are awesome and can do ANYTHING that you put your mind to!
Be Happy. Be Healthy. Be a Fighter.