Setting New Goals

The change of seasons calls for a need to set new goals! Although this fall has been especially warm, I still find myself spending more and more time indoors trying to get inside projects completed. I am not what you would call a fan of winter. It’s cold and icy here in Ontario and I’m not especially interested in any outdoor winter sports. And it’s cold, did I mention that?? And snowy.

While my lab and I get our walk in every day no matter what, that is about it for my outside time in the winter. My husband switches to the treadmill for his runs as the temperature drops and getting him or my daughter to go for walks with me becomes close to impossible.

So now is a good time to focus and re-evaluate my goals. My number one goal is to continue to grow my personal training business so finding new ways to attract clients is a must. Continuing with my education in this area goes hand in hand with running the business. Winter is a great time for learning.

My personal fitness goals are always about taking it up a notch. Trying something new. Testing out some new exercises or equipment. My current goal, which I am revisiting because I didn’t work on it over the summer, is to master the handstand. Some people make it look easy but having never been a gymnast I need to get used to the idea of being upside down. Maybe I have a slight fear of falling over that I need to work on (I am a bit of a klutz so its inevitable that I will fall over a few times!).┬áSo I am starting slowly working on my pikes with the stability ball and occasionally against the wall. Not sure why this is so hard for me but I am determined to do a handstand one day.

My husband is trying something new these days as well. After our last round of the Whole 30, he decided he wanted to try intermittent fasting. This is quite popular these days, for goals such as losing weight and gaining muscle. He fasts for 16 hours at a time followed by an eating phase where he eats as much as he can until it is time to fast again. This way your body uses more of its stored fat for energy causing you to lose weight.

When it comes to setting goals, most of us get easily discouraged when we go off path. There are a few things we can do to set attainable goals. Make sure that they are realistic and not too far-fetched. Be specific when setting your goals, state exactly what you want to achieve within a reasonable time frame. Your goals do not need to be long-term, think short term and take it one step at a time. And lastly, re-evaluate your goals if needed and don’t be discouraged if things don’t go according to plan.

So as we move into the colder months, think about where you want to be in three months, six months, a year. What personal goals will you set?

 

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