I started rethinking my physical goals recently.
I know what my personal goals are: Live a more simple life, be a good person, Live how I want to be remembered, and be a woman who is strong in her faith.
But what are my physical goals?
In the past I never gave this a second thought. My goal was to be skinny/ lose weight. Great! Right?! Yes and no. So lose weight. Yay! I accomplished this by losing 100+ pounds. I still have more to go but I think it’s time to start envisioning what physical condition I would like my body to be in at the end of my Journey.
Do I want to be thin and lithe? Curvy and Muscular? Lighter and sporty?
I sat down closed my eyes and imagined myself. I am curvy, muscular, and STRONG when I hit my final goal weight.
I do realize that there is a hitch in my vision. I’m going to have to deal with extra skin. I’m already dealing with it (and the medical effects of it) and I’m only halfway to my goal. So chances are I won’t look exactly how I envision myself.
It’s okay though! I feel refocused now that I can picture my end goal. So how am I going to get there. I love running and will continue to run. It’s great cardio but to increase my muscles I obviously need to make sure I am strength training. Now to think about what I can do daily to get me closer to that goal. BODY WEIGHT EXERCISES. Do squats while watching TV. During downtime at work do wall push ups and triceps dips. Arm circles, good mornings, standing crunches, and the list goes on.
Advice to anyone struggling on their journey: Take a few quiet moments to yourself. Close your eyes. Picture the finish line. Picture what things will look like when you hit your ultimate goal. When you are struggling and want to grab one of the apple fritters out of the break room at work (my current struggle) picture your goal and use that to help control yourself in that moment. Don’t have the energy to get up and work out? See that goal in your mind’s eye and use it to fuel your fire.
Close your eyes.
Picture the Goal.