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