There is never a right or wrong time to set personal goals. Unfortunately, most people choose the start of the year to set new goals/resolutions and often aim too high. By the time January is out, the goals are long forgotten.
I set myself several goals last year, mostly fitness related but a couple personal. For more reasons than I care to go into, I didn’t manage to hit those goals. Am I disappointed? Yes! Does it put me off goal setting? No!
However, rather than a long huge list, I have one simple goal that I hope to achieve this year…
2012 was a very up and down year for me, taking two steps forward and one step backwards. Consistency is what let me down.
I’d spend two months eating well, training hard and loving life. Then at the drop of a hat, I’d eat foods that I know make me ill (yes gluten grains, I’m talking to you!!), take time off the gym to feel better, have to ease back into training which meant dropping weights, work back up to where I was only to do it all again a couple of months later.
This is one big reason I didn’t meet my fitness goals of this year and I know, had I been consistent with my training, I’d be sitting on a 150kg deadlift right now.
So, no goals other than consistency in my diet and training.
And to put my plan into order, I had my first training session of 2013 today. Sadly I was training alone as my workout partner and gorgeous boyfriend has a back injury preventing him from training at the moment. Not to be deterred, I was up early, knocked back my pre-workout green tea and cup of espresso and headed for the gym.
Though I lowered my weights from my last session, I probably should have lowered them more than I did – the DOMS kicked in within an hour of getting back from the gym – yikes!
Today’s session was as follows:
20 minute walk to gym
10 minutes foam rolling – quads, piriformis, calves
Various mobility drills for the lower half
Third world squat stretch x5 minutes
Lying Leg Curl
Standing Calf Raise
Seated Calf Raise
Looking at this workout makes me sad at the backwards progression I’ve made due to my lack of consistency. A few months ago I was pulling 120kg x5 deadlifts :( I was also squatting considerably more. But, I am the only person that can correct this and I’m certain I’ll be back to where I was in the coming months.
Do you set goals/resolutions? If so, what are they?