Putting Your Goals on Blast

Last week I asked readers to send me their fitness and nutrition goals. I got a handful of responses, and I just wanted to take todays post to highlight some of these goals and to have a little bit of a discussion about them.

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One of my lovely readers, Lynette, told me that her goal was to lose 3 inches of belly fat.

Another reader, Michelle, sent me several goals, including:

  • Toning her midsection (notice a theme here?)
  • Creating more definition between hamstrings and glutes, as well as upper arm/tricep area
  • Improving posture
  • Compete in a mini-triathalon (AWESOME!!)
  • Including more fruits/veggies, and decreasing consumption of fried foods

Lori, a faithful reader (who just happens to be my best friend) has goals to:

  • Keep eating healthfully, including more veggies and less sugar
  • Work out before she goes to work in the morning
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Meg sent me some very exciting goals (and recent accomplishments!)

  • Complete an unassisted pull-up (She’s very close because she recently completed her first unassisted chin-up!! Woo hoo!)
  • Increase height in box jumps
  • Eat more variety, and eat slower
  • Do more yoga, be more patient, think only positive thoughts when looking in the mirror, and decrease stress.

And finally Ethel the Dean said that her goal is to run before work every morning.

So what’s the point here? What does it matter who wants to do what?

The point is that no matter what your goals are, no matter where your starting point or your projected end point lies, we all have things we can learn from each other along the way. While my goals may not include a decrease in belly fat, I do have goals that require the same type of dedication and hard work that that will require. I might not have a goal to run every day before work (oh God that would be torturous), but I do have fitness goals that will require me to push through times when I might not want to be out there running sprints and completing interval sets.

So no matter what your goals, we are in this together. Even though there were only a handful of people to send in goals, there are a lot more of you out there and I know that you all have goals of your own. (And feel free to keep sending them in to me if you wish!) So I want you all to use this as your sort of contract. Now you have it out there in writing for everyone to see, that these are your goals. ย It doesn’t matter if the rest of the world doesn’t know who you are. YOU know who you are, and you are the only one who can push yourself to reach these goals. ย And if your goals aren’t written up here, maybe you can find something in common with those that are, and use this to hold yourself accountable, knowing that others are doing the same.

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So next time I give you a god-awful challenge like 200 burpees in a week (Who does that?!?), think twice before saying “I’m not doing that”. Think about why you’re saying no, and then think back to your goals. If you can honestly tell me that any specific challenge is not useful to you, not worthwhile to you reaching your goals, than so be it. But be honest with yourself, and remember that sometimes the things that push us a little bit outside of our comfort zones are the things that are most beneficial to growth and progress.

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Don’t forget about this week’s Burpee Challenge! Take a picture of yourself doing your burpees, or even a video and send it my way! I’ll post it on the blog for everyone to see how badass you are.ย 

Anyone else want their goals posted on here to keep you accountable? Are you doing the Burpee Challenge this week?

10 thoughts on “Putting Your Goals on Blast

  1. Wow what fabulous goals everyone has! And I love your view on achieving them, that quote from Nelson Mandela is one of my faves ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Sable@SquatLikeALady June 20, 2012 — 9:26 am

    This is seriously great!! =) ALL types of fitness-related goals definitely require the same level of dedication. And you know, when you commit to doing whatever it is that you want to do NO MATTER WHAT it takes, it’s amazing to see how much you can accomplish โค

    1. Thanks so much Sable!! YOU are the perfect example of that, with the amount of dedication and hard work you have put into Your goals lately!

  3. Last week I started taking the 5 flights of stairs (75 stairs on the dot) each time I left the building, which was at least two times a day going up to 4 times a day. My students were impressed and then a few started doing them with me (you would think military base people would take the stairs anyway…hmmm). I started P90X this morning despite my back being a mess this morning (mattress deflated camping Monday night). I woke up and almost said no because of my “back” but more because I was nervous about doing P90X again. Well, low and behold, I made PROGRESS this morning. I didn’t think I would do as well as I did. I certainly did not do as well as I did when I completed the program 2 years ago, but I got off my butt and did it! My back feels better somehow. 10 burpees down…I am behind but I can do it!

    Thank for the constant motivation, Steph!

    1. KICK ASS for taking 5 flights of stairs, and I’m so pumped that some of your students started doing it with you! Healthy living is contagious ๐Ÿ™‚ And Congrats 1000x on starting up with P90x again, it’s ok if you’re not where you were last time you did it, because all that matters is that you are moving forward and starting it now! And you WILL get your burpees in!! Great job my dear ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. This is seriously awesome! What a great post!

  5. Beautiful post and SO inspiring โค I love you

    Thanks for the sweet words ๐Ÿ˜€ xoxo

    1. Thanks Meg! I’m rooting for you to get that pull up…I know you’ll get it soon!

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