Hey. Hi. Hello!
We’re well into 2019 now, aren’t we? I finally have stopped dating things 2018, because I’ve also just stopped writing altogether. It’s fun how that works. Things haven’t changed much between the end of 2018 and the start of 2019. I’m still at my job, I’m still single AF, and I’m still consuming an healthy amount of mac and cheese, except this time it’s vegan and gluten free.
I have inventory coming up at work tomorrow. Am I looking forward to it? No. Literally not at all. Anyone who’s done inventory before will know that it’s the absolute worst, and my sleep schedule will never be the same after. But that’s not what we’re focusing on today, because it never is.
At the start of a new year, everyone gets wicked ambitious with their resolutions. Whether it’s getting rid of toxic people, or trying to keep weight off, a lot of people spout out resolutions, and never stick to them once January is over. Truthfully I’m one of those people. I try, but it’s hard ok?!
When it comes to resolutions, or just goals in general, the most common advise from professionals is to keep them SMART – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. So, rather than saying “I want to lose 15 pounds,” you’d say something along the lines of “I want to lose 15 pounds by March 29th for Alumni Weekend so everyone from college knows I had a glow-up.” Facts.
However, these aren’t going to be SMART fitness goals, because this is me we’re talking about and I’m still struggling like the rest of my 23 year olds. Rather, these are just the fitness goals I’m going to work towards in 2019. Are most of them the same fitness goals I had in 2018? Yeah, but we’re still working on them!
Do an Unassisted Pull-Up
Tops the list every year. There’s literally nothing I want more than to do a pull-up. I can do them assisted with the machine, with the bands, with someone pushing me up, you name it. But unassisted? Heck no.
What steps will I take towards accomplishing this? Well, losing weight will definitely help. Less weight on my body means less to pull up. Also more hypertrophy sets for my back to start loading weight instead of staying with dinky weights.
Lose 15 Pounds (and Keep it Off)
I’ve lost 15 pounds before, thanks to the partnership between the terrible P.Volve workouts and the Keto diet. However, I haven’t kept it off. The holiday szn was no bueno for me because #cookies. So, I know that I can lose the weight, it’s the keeping it off part that’s challenging.
I’m working on cutting processed foods out of my diet. Obviously I’ll still indulge in some treats because my sweet tooth is too aggressive not too, but maybe like one frozen yogurt bar instead of a whole pint of ice cream? Also working to become more consistent with my workouts in conjunction with keeping a more balanced diet.
Would I love to lose the 15 pounds by the end of March for my Alumni Weekend? Hell yeah. But it takes time so I’m dedicated to just working towards it as slowly as possible.
Run 10 Miles
I used to play soccer, and would run 10 miles every game. Now, I can barely run one. I stopped focusing on cardio a while back, and have just now gotten back into it. I’ll either get bored halfway through, start experiencing major shin pain, or just get so out of breath it hurts. If I could just run 10 uninterrupted miles that would be IDEAL.
I now have 1-2 cardio days a week to help build up that endurance, and try to foam roll out after every session. However, I literally think I just have chronic stress fractures in my shins so this may not be an achievable goal, but we’ve got 11 more months to figure it out!
Ultimately, 2018 was a year I think I started to fall out of love with working out. I felt stuck in my routines, couldn’t wake myself up in the mornings to go, and would just make excuses for why I didn’t need to work out on a certain day. Yes, working out isn’t the ultimate cure for everything, but it was something that I enjoyed doing, at least I thought it was.
I’ve decided 2019 is the year for experimenting again. Thankfully I have this platform to motivate myself to try tons of different fitness routines. I’ll be playing around with apps, with fitness classes, and maybe even try getting a personal trainer again! I want 2019 to be the year I find fitness to be fun again, rather than something I do because my mom says I have to.
If you have any 2019 fitness goals, share them with me! I want us to keep each other accountable this year, because even if we fail at least we can say we tried ya feel?
Until Next Time!