Looking back over the past year, I can pretty easily say that 2013 was a memorable one for me. I got engaged (!!!), got attacked by an immersion blender, fell 8 feet off a wall and subsequently was saved by Superman, moved to a new apartment, and got rid of my car (welcome to the world of city dwellers with no cars!). There was a lot more, including pretty significant growth of this little blog, but these are the big things that stick out in my mind right now. I also realize, though, that New Year’s is not really about looking back but about looking forward, and thinking about how I can better myself in the new year.
I’ve told you guys a long time ago that I don’t believe in resolutions. I don’t believe in picking one day per year to make up an unrealistic vision of the person that you want to be. I do, however, believe in setting specific and measurable goals that you can track throughout the year, setting new ones when you reach them. Yes, I say when you reach them, because while goals should be ambitious, they should also be attainable. What’s the point in setting goals you can never reach? Sounds pretty non-motivational to me.
I think I did a pretty good job of last year’s goals, even considering some extenuating circumstances that made a few of them pretty difficult. Let’s take a look at my old goals, how I did, and what are my plans for 2014.
Last Year’s Goal: Lifting PRs: I set goals last year of achieving a 200 lb deadlift, a 100 lb bench press, and a 170 lb squat.
Outcome: Well, two out of three ain’t bad! I actually surpassed a couple of these, recently hitting a 230 lb deadlift and a 125 lb bench. Considering there were about two months this year when I couldn’t grip a barbell, and another few months where I was out of heavy lifting all together, I would love to see what I could have accomplished if I had been healthy! Not hitting the squat goal is no surprise though — after my bike accident last year, and the other ankle injury in June, I’ve only just started back squatting again. It will take a while to get back up to where I was lifting previously, but I have no doubt that I’ll get there eventually!
New Goal for 2014: Bench – 140 lb; Deadlift – 285 lb; Back Squat – 170 lb. Lets Go!!
Last Year’s Goal: Networking in the fitness world, as well as getting assessed at Cressey Performance, which is close to Boston. I would love to get to know them, as well as network with some of the other bigger names in fitness and strength training.
Outcome: Neither pass nor fail here. I have started communicating more with others in the fitness world, but I still have a lot of room to grow and improve. I also put off my assessment at CP, simply because of all of my ridiculous injuries which really limited my lifting abilities.
New Goal for 2014: Continue putting myself out there and reaching out to others in the fitness/strength and conditioning world as much as possible. Networking is key in this field, and I know that there are a lot of great resources out there for me! Also, I do still want to visit CP at some point. It’s kind of a splurge that I can’t afford right now, as I am trying my hardest to save for the wedding, but hopefully by the end of the year.
Last Year’s Goal: Start working on my forever-in-the-background dream — writing a book.
Outcome: Ehhhh I have lots of ideas, some of them written down, some of them not. I wouldn’t say I have anything tangible, but the potential is there.
New Goal for 2014: I think that this needs to go on the back shelf for a while. It is still a goal of mine — eventually — but I think I have too much on my plate right now to pressure myself about this. Maybe it will happen, maybe I’ll start with an ebook and go from there. But I don’t want to make any specific goals, because I don’t feel any rush to stress about this.
NEW Goals for 2014:
- Stay relatively injury free. I’d like to think that last year was a fluke. I know I don’t have control over everything, but I will do everything in my power to stay healthy this year. Mobility work, foam rolling, regular sleep, etc. These are things that I can control, and that can make a huge difference in training and health.
- Update my blog. I really need to make some visual updates to the blog, and that will definitely happen this year, hopefully sooner rather than later. I’m not sure that self hosting is in the cards, but a major update is 100% necessary at this point. Stay tuned!
- Expand my brand. I’ve been throwing around the idea of running an outdoor fitness group or bootcamp type workout when the weather gets warmer. This will need a lot of planning and organization, but it’s something that I would really love to do. Again — stay tuned — I’ll give you all more details when I figure them out myself! I’ve got some other ideas as well, but I think I’ll keep those under wraps until I think it’s the right time 🙂
…. That’ all for now! I’ve got some other life goals that really have nothing to do with nutrition or fitness, so I’ll leave those off of here, for now at least. I hope everyone had a marvelous New Year’s Eve, whether you hit the town or stayed cozied up in your jammies on the couch!
Happy New Year, blog world! Here’s to 2014!