Goals

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Sometimes I’ve found myself thinking ‘I’m not getting anywhere, I’m not going anywhere’. When really I should be asking myself ‘Where do I want to go, what do I want to do, what do I want to ACHIEVE’?. Which is where setting goals whether it’s professionally, personally, health and fitness related or even relationships – have really helped provide me with direction and overcome certain obstacles or milestones in my life.

Setting goals not only gives direction, but motivates you to achieve and succeed in the near or distant future. You wouldn’t set out on an important journey without having any idea where you’re going, or your final destination?

It’s the same with your health and fitness. The importance of setting yourself goals to achieve something is just as important as actually doing it – you can’t really have one without the other!

In any health and fitness program whether it’s a program you’ve purchased, one you’re following set out by your doctor, personal trainer, nutritionist, or one in which you’ve set yourself, the most common practice in participating in a program is setting goals. And of course putting things in place to help you achieve them!

I’m not just talking about ‘losing 2kg in 2 weeks’ either. These goals are great at the start of a weight loss journey, but can become unrealistic and setting yourself up to feeling as though you haven’t achieved something or disheartened. I’ve done it! I’ve felt it! And it sucks….When really, you may have accomplished so much more! You may have not lose that 2kg in 2 weeks but you’ve gone to the gym every day you had intended to, you’ve eaten healthy, you’ve stopped drinking diet coke every day (this was one for me) you’re feeling more confident about yourself, your clothes feel more comfortable, someone commented on how well you’re looking. Get me? All these things can’t be measured by stepping on the scales. You’re looking down to see results? When really you should be holding your head high and standing strong and proud of what you’ve accomplished and what you’re yet to achieve!

At my PT session last week, we sat down prior and discussed my current position and how I was feeling. We did do a weigh in and took measurements but most importantly I created some goals I would like to achieve in the next 12 weeks.

These goals were:

1)      Complete an unassisted chin up

2)      No more lady push ups, only do man push ups

3)      Be more mindful, really stick to attending yoga regularly

4)      Being more positive and not so hard on myself no more negative self talk

5)      Continue to take steps forward to bettering my digestive problems

Not only do I use my PT sessions and my gym as ‘tools’ to setting and achieving my goals; but I even use posting my fitness regime on betterfitvegan.com to help me achieve what I set out to. Each week I sit down and look at what I have for the week ahead, what nights I might be home late, what to cook for dinner (as no matter how many fitness goals I set, my eating must be in tack!), what classes I can attend and set myself a plan.

 So what goals do you want to set for yourself?

For starters, think about simple goals like ‘Say something nice to myself at least once a day’; or rather then ‘going to the gym every single day’ how about ‘attending the gym 3 days a week, anything else is a bonus.

What tools can you use to help you achieve your goals?

Believe in yourself. 

Hey, you’ve gotten this far, you’ve identified what you want to achieve now you just have to do it! Tell yourself you can do it, congratulate yourself, reward yourself (not with food!) and be proud of yourself.

Stay focused. 

Of course you are going to get distracted and there will be things that pop up taking you away from doing the things you need to do to achieve that goal. Prioritise, ask yourself, what is really more important to you? Do you reeeeally want that chocolate cake? Do you really want to go home and skip the gym, what will you do when you get home, just regret not going to the gym, so just go! Keep your eyes on the prize!

Accountability.

Keep a diary of what you’re eating, what days you are exercising, even a mood diary! Write down how you are feeling throughout the day. Really get to know you and where you are at! Don’t make excuses, at the end of the day this is YOUR goal, YOUR plan, YOUR commitment, YOUR achievement, YOUR life. No one else’s! So don’t let anyone else or those excuses stop you from achieving your goals!

 

Stay positive. 

Write down what you want to achieve. Put it up on your fridge, bathroom mirror, desk at work, your diary etc. Create your own positive affirmations (or feel free to take any from the positivity section on this site) and surround yourself with positive people. Make room for those people and keep the negative ones out!

Persistence. 

Cheezy – it won’t happen over night, but it will happen. Or I’ve seen something else that makes me laugh ‘Ok, I’ve exercised once and had healthy meals all day, am I skinny yet’. If you have set out on a health and fitness journey, you’re more than likely to stick to this as a lifestyle and not just a quick fix. So keep at it, you will get to where you want to go ‘persistence is the key’.

If you make a mistake, have a slip up? Pick yourself up and keep going. Anyone who has achieved something never got there without making mistakes and LEARNING from them. Use the mistake as a step forward. Keep going forward!

I wish you all the best and look forward to hearing what goals you’ve set in place and what you did to help achieve them!

:)

BFV