Hey yall! So, like the rest of the internet I am pretending that new years doesn’t matter, but also coming up with new goals at the same time ;) I’m going to be honest, I have fallen off the wagon BIG TIME over the past four months. I have been maintaining my bodyweight and lifts but I have not been improving my physical body in any way… and that’s a bit of a bummer.
The truth is, my passion for lifting has been completely and utterly replaced with a passion for drawing and for acquiring a tattoo apprenticeship. That is my number one priority right now and I need to address that openly. Making time for 2 hour lifting sessions four times a week has just not been happening — I have spent the past few months implimenting a more regular life schedule and I am starting to learn where I can fit in some healthy changes. Right now, I am trying to focus on bringing in small changes and making health and fitness a regular part of my life again. Prioritizing… doable… over training.
Super basic stuff… but. That’s what I need right now.
Anyway, a week late, here is my review of last years goals, and some thoughts on moving forward with this year.
2014 Goals Review
Before getting into 2015, I wanted to review my goals from last year and see how I did.
2014 Powerlifting Goals:
- Squat: 275# — Hit 265# (NOPE)
- Bench: 135# — Hit 129# (NOPE)
- Deadlift: 315# — Hit 320# (HOORAY!)
- Total: 725# – Obviously a result of the previous (NOPE)
- Compete and get a total in that competition – I competed in TWO competitions, Including Raw Nationals! (HOORAY!)
Bodyweight & Fitness goals: (NOPE)
Literally didn’t even achieve a single one of the goals for this category because I stopped caring the second I wrote the list… so I’m not including it in this review. Lesson learned.
Montana Living Awesomeness:
Ski or Snowboard a blue route- YEP! I did a couple blacks!
Go on a 3 day backpacking trip in the Rockies. – This sadly never happened because Jeff (my husband and outdoor training buddy) injured his hip. Maybe this year (NOPE)
Complete GORUCK Missoula – This event was canceled by GORUCK (NOPE)
Climb/hike a mountain (not sure which Mountain yet) – A couple small ones… but nothing I would really consider what I had in mind (NOPE)
So yeah, while last year was TOTALLY FUCKING AWESOME and I made HUGE leaps and bounds in my life in many ways, it sure looks like I didn’t achieve much from this list!
What did I learn from this?
1.) BIG OVERARCHING GOALS ARE NOT GOALS… THEY ARE DREAMS — Most of the “goals” on my list weren’t really goals… they were like dreams. I literally achieved 3 of the things on my list because honestly, most of these things I listed were totally out of my control. There is nothing wrong with having dreams, they are what keep me motivated. But I need to remember that they are not going to happen just because I think about them a lot. I need to change my daily habits.
2.) SET SMALL QUANTIFIABLE GOALS TO HELP ACHIEVE DREAMS – The only thing I CAN control, is my daily habits… not the overall result.
3.) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART – My priorities completely shifted in May 2014 when I realized I wanted to change careers — I spent the entire second half of 2014, well, confused. I was too embarrassed to admit that I gave up on my 2014 powerlifting goals, so I just disappeared from the internet. It needed to happen. Anyway I am back, I still want to be healthy, I just want to be a good artist more. This year my blog will probably be about managing my life, finding balance, and learning to be healthy, happy, and professionally successful.
4.) ADJUST DAILY HABITS REGULARLY TO REFLECT DREAMS – If your priorities shift, that’s cool! Own it. But, adjust your daily habits to help become the best person you can be.
5.) RECORD & TRACK PROGRESS – I didn’t do this last year, probably because my dreams and goals weren’t well defined. I will work on doing better with this this year.
With my dreams in mind, I will be setting and adjusting my goals every 2 weeks to help me achieve what I hope to achieve in 2015. At any point, I can change my dreams (Because they are my fuckin dreams and sometimes they change!) BUT, I will make sure I am really serious about giving up on something before I do that.
I am including my career goals on my blog now, because it hugely important to me right now, and I don’t think it’s appropriate to ignore it.
- Get a tattoo apprenticeship
- Have my artwork featured on a notable blog, instagram, or magazine
- Exhibit my artwork at a gallery
Fitness & Fun
Because I know that my career is going to be taking the front seat for a while, I am setting my fitness goals accordingly. Basically, I am interested in having a fun life with my husband, and feeling confident and healthy in my body. Right now, I just want to look like a babe, feel strong and sexy, and have fun outside. I would like to compete at Raw Nationals again, but I’m not sure I will be able to swing the cost of flights and stuff, so any competition will suffice. I will still be lifting to help get my bodyweight down and to maintain my level
- Get my body-weight down to 145#
- Maintain some muscle mass & strength!
- Compete in 1 Powerlifting competition
- Be able to do the splits
- Enjoy the outdoors
Jan 4-17 Goals
So lets get this party started!
- Draw 12 days (6x/week)
- Tag drawings for features on Instagram
- Edit files for 5 tarot drawings (2-3x/week) for portfolio
Fitness & Fun
- Eat low carb paleo for breakfast & snacks 12 days (6x/week)
- Stretch 12 days (6x/ week)
- Lift 4 times (2x/week)
- Get outside for hiking, snowshoeing, or skiing 6 times (3x/ week)