If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I just finished a two week long fitness challenge and at the end of it all I shared what I learned over the course of that challenge. I’ve actually had a few people ask me what I’m looking to get out of all the “fitness-y” stuff I do and I think talking about it makes me more accountable for my (future) actions. So here we are, in the beginning of a new year and I thought I’d put it out there on the interwebz what my fitness goals for 2018 are. I hope that my aspirations help inspire something in you!
The obvious. Lean out and Muscle up.
To be quite honest, before having my daughter, I thought I had my ideal body. I was very lean, but I realize now that I didn’t have the muscles that I love having now. I may not have my “goal” body, but I’m happy with where I’m at and where it could go. Leaning out (and building muscle) will come from working on my diet, but it will also depend on my workouts. Aesthetically, I want boulder shoulders, a tinier waist and my hamstrings to be more toned. The backs of my legs make me really nervous about wearing shorts — but I bought some shorts and I’m hoping to wear them soon!
The specific. I want to improve my deadlifts, cleans and pull ups.
I’d never touched a barbell in me life until I started working out at my gym. It was just an area of my other gyms that I NEVER ventured into because I had no idea what I was doing and never thought lifting weights was for me. Now? Well, now I get EXCITED when I see that exercises using a barbell are included in the days routine. I love doing deadlifts because they make me feel super strong and work so many body parts. And cleans kinda scare me, and I don’t do them perfectly — but I’m getting there! I remember when I was a kid and pull ups weren’t a big deal at all — now at 36 it’s a big deal! I know I can get these, but I need to practice a lot to get there.
The not so obvious. My confidence levels.
Working out gives me a major mood boost. I think a lot of people would assume that my confidence levels are way up there. But we all have our insecurities, we just don’t all talk about them because well, they’re our insecurities! So for me, I want to have the confidence to pick up heavier weights without having my trainers tell me to do so. Not question if I can make it through a class. And wear the damn clothes that I please (bathing suit (and booty) from 2014, I’M TALKING TO YOU!)
The not so interesting. My breathing patterns.
There is no doubt about it. I’m a mouth-breather and it seriously hinders how well I do when I’m exercising. I can nearly hyperventilate and have to stop. I’ve tried so hard to focus on my breathing these last two weeks and I don’t feel I have improved. If anyone has any tips on how to get enough air through my nose and out through my mouth, please share!
The crazy. I want to do a Spartan Sprint.
My trainers do it, and they’re pretty badass, and I want to be bad ass too! I’m never sure when I’ll be ready for it, I think it’s just something you have to say, fuck it, and just try — but damn. I’ve watched videos on YouTube and there are a few things that I can’t quite do yet, like pull myself up a rope, or scale a wall, or carry a bucket of rocks god knows how far! This is when I feel like I have a booty that weighs me down like an anchor and I need to beef up my upper body strength. I still have OC Fit games to work on and I think that’s a great starter contest for me to do.
So those are just a few of my fitness goals for 2018. I’m hoping I can nail all of these things over the course of the year. They all have difficult aspects to them that will require dedication, constantly pushing myself, and more importantly, knowing when to pause. I’d love to hear what some of your fitness goals are for 2018! While you think about those, feel free to check out my fellow bloggers posts on what their goals are — you never know if you find someone who might spark something in you!