It’s that time of year, you know the whole “New Year, New You” stuff. So let’s talk about goals. Goals are important. Notice I said “goals” and not “resolutions?” Goals aren’t broken, resolutions are. Goals don’t change, but timeframes can. Goals are what drives us and resolutions tend to have the negative connotation of giving stuff up and experiencing suffering.
Here’s the best thing about goals, you don’t need a new year, a new week, a Monday – you can begin working on a goal anytime, even in the middle of a day when inspiration hits you. The best time is always now.
I made a list of my goals for this year. They are basically a continuation of what I have already been working towards, but I wrote them down anyway. Writing them down is a key component to success. There’s something about putting pen to paper that helps cement them in your mind.
In case you’re interested, my healthy lifestyle related goals for 2016 are:
- Get to 23% body fat
- Start the process of getting certified to be a personal trainer
- I’d like to have some visible abs
- Go on “maintenance” with my food
- I am determined to do a Pull Up!
- Lastly, I want to try some new recipes
Once I get there I will re-evaluate. I recently had a DEXA scan which is the most accurate measure of body fat, and learned that I am currently 26.8% body fat. That made me really happy because I was sure I was over 30%.
I can’t believe I am admitting it because honestly I don’t feel I am in good enough shape yet to be a trainer, but I am striving for it. I am going to start the course and begin studying and the plan is to take the test by the end of the year.
This is related to number 1 because I think if I get to the body fat percentage I want, those ab muscles that are lurking beneath the skin and fat I have left on my middle, might actually peek out. That will be an exciting day! Surprisingly, according to my DEXA scan, my middle is only 26% fat and I was sure it was my fattiest area, but my arms are at 30%!
What I mean by that is, when I reach goal 1 and goal 3 I am going to stop logging my food on My Fitness Pal and just continue to eat when I am hungry and stop when I am full – and I won’t measure out servings etc. At this point I only log my food so others can view my food diary. My number one most asked question is, “What do you eat?” I just send people to my food log on My Fitness Pal – if you want to view it, my username is TXMary2
I can get about a quarter of they way up at this point. My plan is to do one by summer. Just one. I really want that upper body strength!
I am being inspired a lot by Keto foodies on Instagram! So many meals, so little appetite. #ketoproblems