Hello My Wonderful Followers!
Bet you are all surprised to hear from me so soon…unless you follow me on Instagram (@marg.fitness), then you know that I proclaimed that I will be posting every Sunday. I am going back to my original blog posting schedule, back to basics, getting the blog going again. So I hope that you are all very excited for this, because ya girl is very excited for this. You all know I love blogging, I love sharing my experiences, and I am just so ready to get back into it.
And now for the actual blog post.
Here we are, the end of the first week of January. For a lot of people, the start of a new year means setting new goals and resolutions. A lot of people will set specific health and fitness goals, for example weight loss goals, or specific dieting goals. New year, new you, ya know? In the past I have set those types of resolutions and goals, especially when I was really unhappy with myself and my weight. Like a lot of other women out there, I would set a “goal” to workout out everyday, to only eat certain types of foods, and to lose however many pounds I felt like I had to lose by a certain date. And there is literally no shocker here, setting those types of goals DID NOT work for me. At all. Doing that made me really obsessive about food and about exercise, and in turn would make me feel bad about myself and the way that I looked.
However I have since moved out of making those types of goals. And thank goodness I did. I haven’t really made goals like that in probably about a year and a half, maybe a little bit longer than that.
And this year when I was reflecting on 2017 and thinking about what I want to accomplish in 2018, the first thing I said to myself was “I am not setting exercise or weight loss goals”. Setting those type of goals was something that I had been toying with from November to December, because I honestly have just been feeling a little chubby. I am almost embarrassed to say that, but that is really how I was feeling. And since switching over to a plant based diet I started to use My Fitness Pal to just see where I was at with the calories I was eating, and to make sure I was getting all the nutrients I needed. I did that because I read somewhere that it was important when switching to a plant based diet to track calories and nutrients to ensure that you are eating enough. And of course I was eating enough. I have no issues with eating enough, ever. I was honestly probably eating a little bit too much, and I could tell, obviously, because I was feeling chubby.
So this brings me to goal number 1 that I set for 2018
Eat intuitively and mindfully
I am going to be sticking with a whole foods plant based diet aka a Vegan diet but instead of tracking my calorie and nutrient intake I am just going to eat the whole, real foods that I want when I am actually hungry. And after a week of really trying to stick to this, I can honestly say, so far so good.
Next up we have my goals that are related to my fitness. Now what I did here was try to set goals for specific movements that I want to be able to do instead of saying I want to workout everyday for an hour (which you really shouldn’t do in the first place). I stayed away from setting a goal like that, because honestly I just don’t need to set goals like that anymore. Fitness has become a part of my normal routine, so I don’t need to force myself to go to the gym or to workout anymore because I really just do it on autopilot. SO here we go, fitness goals:
1) Do 4 unassisted pistol squats on each leg
2) Do 10 full push ups in the standard push up position
3) Do 3 unassisted push ups
4) Work on being able to do handstands and headstands
5) Be able to do basic lifts (deadlifts, squats, chest press) with an amount of weight equivalent to my body weight
So these are movements that I am going to be working on pretty much every time I go to the gym. Now I know that these goals are kind of lack luster. They don’t really follow the SMART goal setting guide lines, but I think that they will work for me, and obviously I will keep all of you wonderful peeps updated on my progress.
Now we move onto goals in the “other” category. These goals honestly have taken me all week to come up with. I was reading a lot of other bloggers posts about their 2017’s and what they accomplished and all of their goals, and doing that just left me feeling like I want to accomplish more with my blog and really turn it into a business. I was reading one blogger’s post in particular (Addicted to Lovely), and she had discussed everything that she accomplished in 2017; graduated college, started her own business, started two podcasts, and a ton of other stuff, and seeing that someone my age, in the same stage of life as me had accomplished so much of the things that I want to do left me feeling like I could do that too. For a little while it left me feeling like maybe I made the wrong call with my job. I was thinking maybe I should have really just gone all in with turning my blog into a business after I graduated. And I kind of hated feeling unsure and unsettled about where I am in my life, so I decided to just kick myself in the ass and set some real blog and business goals. Thank goodness I actually accomplished one goal that I set in 2017 which was to take my ACSM Personal Training Exam…. I just still don’t know if I passed though (uggggghhhhhhhh). But here we go with my blog/business goals:
1) Post one blog post per week (on Sunday’s)
2) Post two YouTube videos per month (get ready for a series on my personal struggles with bloating)
3) Start to offer online personal training (granted I passed my test)
4) Take a blog/ business course
5) Enroll in a health coaching or nutritional coaching program by June of 2018
And of course I want to rebrand my website (so that will be coming soon). I have big goals for my blog in 2018 and really want to be able to turn this into a business. Sharing my experiences is something that I really enjoy, and I want to be able to reach as many people as possible, and really truly help as many people as possible. I want to be able to have clients that I can coach and help them to live their best life possible. So if anyone reading has any suggestions on what they think I should do to reach my goals, please either comment below or shoot me an email. OR if you really want to be one of my future clients, you can hit me up too, because I would love to help you in any way that I can.
Let me know what your goals for 2018, and if I can help you reach them in anyway! You are all amazing, and I appreciate all of your love in support more than you will ever know!