Goals.Posted: October 4, 2013
And with the change in seasons, I feel like there’s no better time to set some. We’ve been talking about setting some personal fitness goals at the gym lately, and it’s definitely lit a fire under me. Winter’s long around here, and it’s the perfect time to establish some consistency and really commit to things, so I’ve decided that that’s what I’m going to do.
As far as fitness goes, I want to really commit to crushing my workouts, getting stronger and faster, and improving some of my skills. I want to be able to do pull-ups without a band, I want to be able to hold a handstand and have control without falling, and I want to get better at running.
As the days get shorter and the darkness limits the time I can spend outside, I’ve found myself cooped up in my apartment more often, and it’s only going to get worse. I sometimes say that I’ll head to the gym after work – but let’s face it, it’s way too crowded for me to want to be there at night, and I’m usually too wiped out from the day to want to do anything besides sit on my couch in my sweatpants anyway. But after about five minutes of watching TV, I usually get antsy, so the other night, I decided to make a much better use of my time and start working toward my goals right away.
So I started practiced headstands in my living room, and then I ordered a pull-up bar online.
Yup, that’s right.
I am now the proud owner of one of those removable pull-up bars that lets me work on knees to elbows/toes to bar/pull-ups/kips/hangs/L-holds whenever my little heart desires from the comfort of my own living room. It took me ten minutes to put together, cost me 25 bucks, and (thank gosh I’m short) is the perfect size.
Pull-up domination, here I come!
And it’s not just at home where I’ve been working hard lately… We’ve been working hard in the gym this week too:
(Don’t let the length of that second one fool you. I assure you – it was not easy.)
In terms of personal goals, I did a quick search back to the beginning of the year to revisit the ones I set for myself then, and here’s what I found:
- Put myself first
- Don’t fear being alone
- Don’t hang on
- Stop overthinking things
- Pursue my dreams
- Make the most of every day
- Do things I want to do
- See the country
- Continue bettering myself for the future
And I have to say, with the exception of “see the country,” I am absolutely killing it on all of those goals. I’ll save the details for another post, but I’ve certainly come a long, long way since this time last year!
When it comes to healthy eating goals, I have a simple one: care less.
Sometimes I let myself get a little too consumed with being perfect when it comes to eating. It’s partly because I find nutrition so interesting and I want to see what I can do with it, but it’s also partly because I’m just a perfectionist in all aspects of my life. Either way, occasionally I find myself obsessing over clean eating/macros/meal planning so much, when really, I seem to have the best results when I just go with it. When I’m not counting calories or calculating protein-fat-carb ratios and I’m just eating what I know works for me, I am not only much happier and less stressed, but I also feel a lot better, physically.
So that’s my goal: Eat clean and be healthy, but care less about being perfect.
To that end, I’ve tried to be a little more creative with my meals lately, and it’s really been working out. I recently discovered that the salad bar at work can be pretty phenomenal, and this salad with chicken, cold roasted veggies, sunflower seeds, and dried cranberries has become one of my new favorites.
I busted out the julienne peeler this week to make some zucchini spaghetti (and carrot spaghetti, I suppose), which I cooked up with chicken and spices, and it made the perfect reheat-for-lunch meal.
I also brought brown rice back into my life in the form of ground turkey, rice, and tomato stuffed green peppers, which were absolutely delicious.
Oh, and remember all those apples I got last Sunday? Well, I’m slowly working my way through those too. I found out last night that the ginger golds make the perfect applesauce because they’re already so sweet and soft, and it paired perfectly with my porkchop and green beans dinner.
I’ve still got about two dozen apples left, so I think there’s definitely going to be some apple baking going on this weekend!
When’s the last time you set some goals for yourself?
What goals are you currently working toward?