My plan for 2012…

January 15th, 2012

It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of making New Years’ resolutions – I’ve written article after article and posted status after status on Facebook about making lifestyle changes, setting new goals and giving yourself a new start ANY day, not January 1st.  I support making new goals, commitments, and challenging yourself to achieve things you may only dream of today.

With that being said, I’ve had some people ask what my personal “resolutions” were, so I will share with you what I’ll call my POA for 2012! For those of you that are unsure, that’s Plan Of Attack…or Action (but attack sounds so much cooler, no?)
I have a few specific things I want to accomplish this year, some fitness related and some not. So here are just a few things I have in store for 2012 along with my shows.

1. Be FIT!
I want to improve my fitness…what do I mean, right? I want to be able to do plyo style workouts without whining or wanting to cry.  I’m pretty fit as is, but I want to start incorporating things like bench jumps, body weight pull ups and many other weight free circuit style exercises since I’m used to training like a bodybuilder. I really want to be able to do pull ups (unassisted) and think it would be cool do do some handstand push-ups…keep an eye out for those ones, might add some entertainment to your workouts! I’ll be taking more fitness classes throughout the year also! I love zumba, and RPM so those two will be popping up in my routines as well as hot yoga to bring back my flexibility!

Between school, work, training and the rest of life’s adventures, I can get pretty busy.  This is my third year competing and managing everything as best I can to keep myself sane while dieting and prepping.  But there’s always room for improvement when it comes to making sure my meals are ready, and putting my school work on top of my priority list when it needs to be…This also ties into my third “to do”.

3. Bump up that GPA!

I don’t care if I have to take aquatics or the most boring course to boost that baby, I’m going to do it.  I’m committing to nothing short of a B in my courses this term and hoping I won’t have to take on anything in the summer, but we’ll know more in April.

4. Inside Fitness Magazine.
Yup.  That’s actually my #1 goal this year.  I plan to compete a few times this season (I’ll fill you in as they come along) and I want to do as many shoots as possible.  I would love to grace the pages of one of my FAVORITE fitness magazines, and guarantee that I’ll be submitting for this years’ Hot and Fit 100!

I’m coming into this year with two great sponsors, Gorilla Jacks and Jackson Springs – both of which I am incredibly thankful for. I can’t possibly express in a blog, note or status update how amazing it is to have such amazing opportunities given to me by people that truly believe in, and support my journey.  I’ve definitely come a long way from the 240 lbs I once was and I will never forget it, but I have such a long road ahead  of me that holds so much – you’ll have to keep following me to that much coveted pro card! One day, you’ll be mine.

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2012…Make it yours!

January 3rd, 2012

Another year has come and gone once again, and with 2011 behind us many people are looking forward to a new start in 2012.  A fresh clean slate is what so many feel they need in order to embark on the goals that have been pushed aside and forgotten about.  What is it about a new year that motivates so many of us to wake up excited and empowered to set life changing goals? Why not just wake up tomorrow with the same motivation to start over?  I’ve never been one to wait for a certain date to confirm the official beginning of my newest challenge.  Each and every morning is your chance to start from scratch, not solely relying on the flip of a calendar.

Coincidentally, today happens to be a new day, a new week and a whole new year so break out that 2012 calendar and start writing in your goals!

The best way to achieve a goal is to give yourself a timeline – you have a greater chance of succeeding if you know you’re working towards something specific! Keep track of your progress and keep your long term goal by separating it into smaller short term goals.  When it comes to losing weight set yourself up to lose 5 or 10 lbs at a time, if you’re looking to achieve a great amount of weight loss.  Setting yourself up to lose 30 lbs seems daunting but smaller milestones are more motivating and easier to hit.  If you’re at a weight that you’re reasonably happy with and looking to start strength and weight training, DITCH THE SCALE.  I’ve made it a point to stop weighing myself when I’m not within 8 to 10 weeks of competing.  When you train to add muscle, lose a bit of body fat, or lean out you’re changing your overall composition so the numbers you should be focusing on are measurements.  The scale may go up but you will in fact be losing inches all over.

If you’re planning to expand and challenge your usual training like I am, look into marathons coming up this year, trying plyos, boot camps and other classes that you haven’t tried before.  You never know what you’re missing out on…who knows, maybe you’ll actually love that spin class you’ve always peeked into.

Get out there and try new things, take a whole new approach to your fitness this year and if you must make a resolution, make it to change your lifestyle and not just your body.  Change your mind, change your body, right?

Let me know what your goals are! Share them with others to help keep you accountable :)