Like any lifestyle blogger, I’ve set goals for myself for 2016. Aside from my resolution to be happy, there are certain fitness goals I have set for myself this year.
Unlike other years, my goals aren’t aesthetic. They’re hardly even body weight related. Aside from losing my pregnancy weight, I don’t have a goal weight. For the first year in 5 years, I’m not telling myself, “I will weigh [insert weight here]” by the end of the year. I’m not even telling myself “2016, I’ll be the fittest me ever!”
This year, I’m focusing on performance. This year, I want to be able to improve in how heavy I’m lifting and how well I perform. I don’t want to go into the gym focused on how many calories I’m burning or how long I need to do [insert workout here] to burn off [insert food item here]. I’m focusing on how much I can squat or bench.
I started my fitness journey in 2011 and by October of that year was the smallest I’d been in my life. I gained a little weight over the holiday season and I vowed that I would get back to that size and be the “fittest me ever” in 2012. I vowed the same thing in 2013. And 2014. And 2015. What happened? I never got back down to my smallest size. Now, there are a couple of reasons for that. One, I honestly think I was too small. My body’s homeostatis was not at that weight. Two, I put so much focus in what I wanted to weigh and what I wanted to look like that I never stuck with one routine. If something didn’t work for a week or a month, I’d try something new. You can only try new things so many times before you’ve gone months without any progress.
This year, I’m going to see progress because I’m working on performance. If my body changes, then great, but that won’t be my focus. When a specific body type is your goal, it’s often easy to never truly reach your goal because there is always going to be something that needs work. That can be a very dangerous path. With performance based goals, there are no subjective standards. You either deadlift your body weight or you don’t. If you don’t, you can work your way to that until you can deadlift your body weight.
Am I saying aesthetic goals are bad? Not at all! If your goal is to look a certain way or weigh a certain amount, that’s great! Goals are good! Just remember that there is so much more to being fit than aesthetics.
I’m looking forward to seeing what my body can do this year!
What are your fitness goals for 2016?